A Motivational Meal of the Week- Stop Wearing Your Burnout Like A Badge of Honor


Rest is not a reward that’s earned. Rest is not reserved for the wealthy. Rest is an essential part of our survival.

One more time…

Rest is not a reward that’s earned. Rest is not reserved for the wealthy. Rest is an essential part of our survival.

It troubles me that, as a society, we have been conditioned to wear our burnouts like badges of honor. We glorify overworking ourselves and idolize the hustle of those who adopt the, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” mentality.

But, why, though?

If we’re honest, at the core of that mentality is fear. Fear that we’ll miss the mark, that we’ll fail to achieve our goals; that life will pass us by and we’ll never reach the pinnacle of our success. For others, it’s the fear that resting will cost you something; the fear that you will be left behind- unfulfilled and unhappy.

I drank the Kool-aid.

At a very young age, I imagined what my life would look like by the time I turned 30-years-old. And over the years, I’ve molded that vision for my life to reflect any new wants and desires that surfaced. Then I got to work and I worked tirelessly to achieve everything I envisioned.

A few weeks ago, I turned 30-years-old and it hit me. I had dedicated all of those years to working extremely hard to manifest something that was my birthright. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying hard work isn’t important. I’m not saying that sacrifices don’t have to be made. I am saying that there’s a difference between work ethic and obsession. I am saying that you can be successful and well-rested. I am saying that what you accomplish in life means nothing if you’re not around to celebrate it with the ones you love.

Stop wearing your burnout like a badge of honor.

Your well-being is more important than your account balance. Your health is more important than the accolades. True wealth has nothing to do with money. You cannot buy happiness and fulfillment is not a reward disbursed to those who forfeit sleep the longest.

It’s time to shift our mindset.

You can work hard, you can work smart and you can still achieve the goals you’ve set for your life. You can do all of this without compromising your well-being.

On my birthday, I chose to forfeit my normal routine of setting specific goals for the new year of life. For once, I want to see what God can do when I surrender the need to control every aspect of my life and simply say, “Lead me, I’ll go.” I trust the journey and completely expect to be blown away by what happens when I move out of the way.

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

-Matthews 11:28

The Greek word for “rest” is “anapauó.” My favorite translation of “anapauó” is “take my ease.” Take it. It doesn’t say earn it. This is your one chance, the only life you have, don’t waste it burning yourself out in chase mode. Work hard, work smart and rest. Rest, my friend, rest.  And trust that everything you seek for your life is seeking you and will arrive in due time.





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