First of all, I want to thank everyone who is regularly reading my posts! I also wanted to send a shout out to my friend, Rajsheda, who, upon reading my last post about deep breathing, applied the information and got relief from a sinus headache! That’s cool! It is very encouraging to know that I am adding value to your day in simple ways.
Today I want to share something I read in the book I’m currently reading called “Great Leaders Wanted!” by Doug Dickerson. He has a chapter on rest that hits on some critical points that we need to take to heart.
Here’s a cool story from the chapter:
“A man challenged another to an all-day wood-chopping contest. The challenger worked very hard, stopping only for a brief lunch break. The other man had a leisurely lunch and took several breaks during the day.
At the end of the day, the challenger was surprised and annoyed to find that the other fellow had chopped substantially more wood than he had.
“I don’t get it,” he said. “Every time I checked, you were taking a rest, yet you chopped more wood than I did.”
“But you didn’t notice,” said the winning woodsman, “that I was sharpening my ax when I sat down to rest.”
1) Don’t confuse laziness with rest.
Resting does not mean loafing. It is essential to take down time to refocus, reload, and regenerate your mind and body.
For instance, watching reality TV (I’m not judging :-)) will not sharpen your ax; it will probably make your blade more dull. So evaluate how you spend your “rest” time. You definitely need it, but it is your responsibility to use it efficiently.
2) Work Hard AND Smart
I’ve heard it said that hard work multiplied by smart work equals results. Give your work ethic a score on a scale from 1 to 10. Now score your competency in your field of expertise on a scale of 1 to 10. Multiply those two scores to see where you stand in effectiveness. The reality is you need both scores to be high to win big! Too much work without proper rest and preparation will leave you burnt out and ineffective. Too much knowledge with too little work will leave you smart but stagnant. So commit yourself to raising the bar in BOTH areas TODAY!
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Have a blessed day!