#251 / Know when to push.

Saturday Edition

“What happens to you today is not the product of what happened to you yesterday. It’s the product of your choices.”


I often say that slowing down is a good thing.

But you also need to know when to push.

We can’t be on all the time. It’s just unrealistic. We can’t be high achievers, productivity machines and hashtag hustlers (whatever the f**k that even means) 24/7. It’s not sustainable - sooner or later, the wheels will fall off.

The tricky part is - we still need to know when to push ourselves a little harder and a little further. We still need to know when to turn a jog into a sprint, in those crucial moments when it’s show up or drop out. There’s a little piece of everyone that responds to pressure when the heat is turned up.

You need moderation, more than you need constant drive. And that moderation needs to include its fair share of blood, sweat and tears when the time is right.

All my love,

Joan

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