Hustle: energetic activity, as in work
I like the idea behind this word, but not what it’s come to represent. I always felt hustle should mean we work energetically at something because we enjoy it. Now, though, it’s used to refer to “side hustles” and represents our busy schedules. But being too busy isn’t a good thing. (Have you read The Best Yes? If not, I highly recommend it!)
Our culture, though, encourages being constantly busy. To many, if we aren’t “busy” we aren’t working. This is true in a typical work environment and in life. (And sometimes we just add things to our schedules to make ourselves busy so we can keep up appearances or avoid feeling something.) But at some point, we have to choose our priorities and we have to tone down our busy schedule.
Do you know what that feels like, to need to tone down your busyness?
One of the ways I slow down is through my fitness programs. Focusing for 30 minutes on exercise forces me to focus on myself and helps me set the tone I want to have the rest of the day. Making healthier food choices forces me to slow down and plan meals on weekends, which means I have to make time for myself. It’s funny how sometimes we have to force ourselves to set aside personal “me” time, but we truly benefit from it.
So, I am challenging you to redefine “hustle” to meet its truer definition. Let’s work energetically toward the things we love, not overwork ourselves. Let’s be energetic but also remember that we need rest.