“So, what has death taught me? I think I finally understand how to live in the present and simply enjoy what I have at this moment in my life—a sunny day, my beautiful gardens, a beautiful song, good food, good company and a good time.”
– Grace Liang, excerpt from Finding Grace
The above excerpt is from my book Finding Grace. You can read more about this realization in my book Finding Grace which is on sale for $17 for all U.S. shipping addresses (shipping fee and tax included if shipped with the US). Click here to buy it now!
Hard work is an admired trait in our society. As someone who has always had big dreams, I believed for the longest time that I needed to work harder than everyone else to achieve what I truly wanted. In order to do this, I would completely dedicate myself to achieving my goal often at the expensive of my physical and mental health. I would work long hours, forget to eat and would put myself under a lot of pressure. I came to realize that I needed to find balance in my life and vowed to live in the present and not continue my workaholic lifestyle.
It was simple enough. I made sure to eat right, get plenty of rest and spend time away from work and it kind of worked for a little bit. Recently though, I came to the realization that I was falling into old habits again. Since accepting God into my life a little over a year ago, I talk to God daily and often ask Him for guidance. He has many ways of communicating back and lately He has been telling me that I am doing too much at once and that I need to take some time to rest. With the launching of two new books this year, I realized that I had fallen back into my workaholic ways and that I needed to slow down.
Will this mean that I am going to stop working towards my goals? No way! However, I will chose to work smarter and not harder. That will mean delegating certain tasks over to others, stepping away from work to relax and unwind and most importantly making sure I am in alignment with what God’s plan for me.
What do you do to work smarter and not harder? Please share your thoughts with us!