There is no substitute for hard work.
Recently I mentioned to an associate that I was heading to Chicago for business, he ended our discussion with the phrase “don’t work too hard.”
I acknowledged the thought at the time and later realized that I often hear people say this to others.
Are we supposed to be lazy? Is there some sort of danger in working hard? Does hard work slowly attack our immune system and eventually kill us? Actually, no.
Okay, okay, before you say to yourself that being overworked can’t possibly be good for you – think of this first. Are you stressed at home and as well as everywhere else in your life? If so, work is not to blame, so chill out.
Secondly, on a September of 2012 ABC news show Dr. Marc Gillinov said “being stressed at the job does not mean you will have a heart attack.” He went onto explain how major illness are related to other factors including high blood pressure, diet and other more commonly know causes.
Most people stress because they know deep down inside that they haven’t given the necessary focus to important tasks. They didn’t give it their best and they haven’t really worked hard during the work hours, leaving important tasks incomplete.
The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
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There is also something to be said about working effectively. We all know someone, or might be that person, who works two jobs and still can’t make ends meet. In this case is all of that hard work that beneficial? It seems that this person is working their butt off, so why exactly are they still struggling? It may be because they are not working as hard to controlling their finances.
In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. ~James Allen
You cannot put effort into one area while neglecting another related area and expect things to change. There can be other factors that will have an impact on your overall success. As far as I see it, the two most important things in your life that you can track and take control of are . . .
- Your money
- Your time
Are you working hard on defining how you’re spending your time and money? Can you “find” the time to be more productive? Can you see anything in your budget that can be cut (or ways to save) to create a better financial position down the road? And are you prioritizing properly?
I often hear people say they want to save money and pay down debt, yet when you look at their bank account, you clearly see that they continue to spend frivolously.
I’ve also seen executives say that their family is the most important thing and yet they miss special events, even their children’s birthdays, all because they have to work. You can say whatever you want, it’s what you do that matters.
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. ~Bernadette Devlin
All too often people willingly sacrifice the priceless to obtain the worthless. Someone will buy something with a credit card rather than pay down that credit card. They choose to eat out in spite of having several maxed out credit cards. That debt costs you more money and causes stresses that will linger long after the joy of the purchase fades.
Working hard and accomplishing something is energizing and raises your self esteem. Stressing out can have an adverse affect on your health. Which sounds better?
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” I think a better strategy is working smarter and harder. This way your hard work can pay off as you expected.
Work hard and effectively, start tracking your time and your finances and create a plan to master all areas that you need growth in. Live a priceless life, it’s worth it!
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer