The last few days I woke up feeling really groggy, foggy and tired. The entrepreneur in me did not want to stop, rest, or slow down. I wanted to pack as much work as possible into the day. The more I tried to focus on working, the more my body came up against me- my head growing heavier and my eyes glazing over. I was the definition of: "pushing myself."
I started complaining to my friend about it. He reminded me of all the things I have been busy doing, the hot weather, the irregular sleep patterns that summer sometimes inspires... These were all great justifications and explanations as to why I was feeling so out of it. My mind started to relax and I could start to accept that it was okay that I wasn't accomplishing as much work as I wanted to do in one day.
But really, it wasn't about the justifications and reasons. It didn't really matter that I had a legite reason to be out of it and have trouble focusing on work. Listening to my body and giving myself what I needed was what really mattered. In order to produce more, I needed to give more to myself. It came down to the fundamental lesson- we have to give to get something back.
Give to Get Something Back
It can be really scary to invest in something new, when you don't know how it is going to turn out or what it will bring. Spending money to invest in marketing your business, taking the time to get a new degree in a subject that you never studied before, starting a new business venture, talking to an old friend who you haven't contacted in years...these are all things that we risk something in order to do. We give up something in order to do these things. We give up comfort and the familiar and the patterns of what we are used to. Sure, there is a risk that we might not get something in return. But, chances are, we will get more then we expected in return. Or, something different than we expected that will lead to something greater in return.
Giving myself the time to rest is a risk for me. It's letting go of thinking that I have to be in action all the time and doing work constantly. Resting is an action in itself. By investing in myself and giving myself what I need, then I will be able to focus better and actually produce more results later in the day or the next day.
What can you invest in today that will give you more back tomorrow? What can you risk in order to find something more in the future?
Want to try investing in a new breakfast dish? It's time...
Green Shakshuka (Swiss Chard and Eggs)
Shakshuka is a famous Israeli dish and one of the best ways we have ever tasted eggs. This recipe is a spin on the traditional recipe, which is made by poaching eggs in a tomato based sauce. Shakshuka is found in many Middle Eastern cuisines and is a staple breakfast item...however it can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner if you love eggs at other times during the day.
Ingredients: 3 farm fresh eggs (or highest quality eggs you can find) 3 cups swiss chard, chopped 1/2 onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped 1/4 cup roasted peppers sprinkle of dried hyssop sprinkle of sesame seeds sprinkle of sea salt 1-2 tsp grapeseed oil or ghee
1. Saute the onions and garlic in oil or ghee for a few minutes, until the onions soften. 2. Add the swiss chard and saute for a couple of minutes, until wilted and soft. 3. Make sure the swiss chard is spread out over the pan, covering the whole surface. 4. Carefully crack the eggs over the swiss chard, keeping the yolks whole. 5. Cover with a lid for a couple of minutes. 6. Once the eggs start to cook, you can sprinkle the sundried tomatoes and peppers over top. Sprinkle hyssop, sesame seeds, and sea salt over top. 7. Cook for a few more minutes, until the white part of the egg begins to solidify but is still soft. Keep the yolks soft.