By Bronwyn Ison
You’ve heard the saying, “No rest for the weary.” In other words, keep working although you’re tired. Rather, I’m advocating the antithesis. I believe a well organized plan requires you to be rested. If you find you’re running on empty, it’s likely you’re burning the candle at both ends. Fulfilling your purpose may be a daunting task if you keep on with this lifestyle.
Right now, more than ever, is the best time to get a plan. Once you devise a plan, placing into action should be your next step forward. With the increasing and incredible amount of uncertainty, educating yourself for your future can be a great first step. Whether or not your self-employed or work for someone, it’s a good idea to remain a student of life. With this being said, this may be your opportunity to dive into a hobby you’ve always wanted to take up or a great time to reevaluate your business.
One of the best steps I’ve made is reevaluating my personal, emotional, physically financial, and spiritual life. Journaling can be cathartic. Expelling your thoughts and feelings on paper can be helpful in setting goals for your future. Research tells us, writing our goals down can enable one to see more clearly. Personally, I’ve been able to understand certain friendships better in my life. Emotionally, I’m doing my best to have faith during these tribulations. Physically, I’ve taken advantage of this time to be in the best shape of my life. Financially, I’ve narrowed my wants and I’ve focused more on my needs. Lastly, spiritually, I’m healthy because I devote my time to what feeds my soul.
Resting is important for a variety of reasons. But, before I share why, know that resting does not mean that you are lazy. I’m just as guilty as anyone else, I used to feel if I wasn’t doing something then I must not be very motivated. Negate this thought process. Actually, you can be far more productive if you’re rested. The brain needs time to rest as does your body. My resting time is spent praying and meditating. For you it may be reading a good book, putting together a puzzle or watching a movie.
Whatever, you choose to do… resting is necessary for your overall health.
Starting a plan can be a challenging task. If you’re unsure about how to start, get a piece of paper and a pen. Devise your plan into separate columns, personal, emotional, financial, physical and spiritual. Make two columns for each, pro’s and con’s. There is no specific way of doing this but it will help weigh out what is important and what you can release. Once you know what you can release, you can start moving forward with a plan. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Just get started. The journey is yours and you hold the key. Rest and plan.