Stop Breaking Your Neck

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There’s a reason it’s called a “break-neck pace”.

You’ll break your neck. Or your stride. Or your spirit.

We’ve been doing it all wrong, folks. Doing more and more, stretching ourselves too thin, involving ourselves in any and every possible facet. More, more, more, faster, faster, faster, go, go, go.

We weren’t created to break our necks.

Yet we put ourselves out there with insane, unmaintainable schedules, ridiculous expectations, and sacrificing personal care and, dare I suggest, sanity.

I know better than this. I know I don’t function well on little sleep, too much on my to-do list, and no downtime. Yet…

“Next week will be better.” until it isn’t.

“Next month, things will slow down.” except they won’t.

“Next year….” stop. Let’s get control of our time again.

Ask yourself some questions, and save your neck (and your mind.)

  1. What are you doing now/how are you spending your time?
  2. What do you want to be doing in order to feel your purpose is being fulfilled?
  3. What do you need to stop doing in order to be free to pursue your purpose?

What are you doing now and how are you spending your time?

What’s going on in your world that fills your calendar? It’s been said, “if you don’t have time to fish, you’re too busy.” Write out how you’re spending your time. Don’t take this time to plan how you want or should be spending your time, just write out – right now – how your time is actually being spent. Where are your hours going during the day (or night)? Get it out in front of you to give yourself a visual.

What do you want to be doing in order to feel your purpose is being fulfilled?

I have so many dreams. So many plans. In all reality, though, there are only a handful of things (that all work cohesively together) I want to be doing and know I can do, in order to feel like I am doing exactly what I was created to do. Do you know? Have you thought about it? Have you ever wondered if there’s more to who you are than what you’re doing every day? Let yourself dream here. What do you really want to be doing? What drives you to get up in the morning?

What do you need to stop doing in order to be free to pursue your purpose?

It’s not always easy, but sometimes you have to say “no”. To good ideas, to good people, to good times. In order to save your neck, you have to say “no”. What are some of these things you need to say “no” to? You’ve made two lists of how you’re spending your time and how you want to be spending your time. Now make the appropriate cuts so you’re spending your time how you want to, or how it benefits your ultimate purpose and goal.

If you can’t, or if you really struggle to say “no”, schedule “no” time on your calendar. If someone asks you, “Hey, wanna go grab a bite to eat Thursday night?” and you’ve already got “no” time blocked on your calendar (time scheduled to pursue your dreams and goals), you can honestly answer them, “Oh gosh, I’m sorry, I’ve already got plans then.”

It’s time to stop the crazy train, folks. If you continue to move at a break-neck pace, eventually, you’ll break your neck. When that happens, one of two results will take place:

  • You’ll become so impaired, it will take weeks, months, maybe even years, to recover. You’ll be less productive and more restrained. The payoff is recovery, and the best possible outcome is getting back to where you were before. Free yourself from the cycle and start advancing now, rather than preparing yourself to end up exactly where you already are.
  • You’ll die. I’m using this metaphorically, but when you’re unable to keep up with the pace you’ve set for yourself, you’ll stop moving, and stop living. Everything will come crashing down around you, and you’ll be crushed – whether that’s figuratively or literally, who can say?

Slow down. Don’t do everything all the time. Do what you were created to do.

People are depending on you. Your future is waiting for you. Stop breaking your neck.

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
~Psalm 62:1-2