How Poor Health Impacts Your Hustle
Several months ago I joined Jon Acuff's group called 30 Days of Hustle. (Side note: if you're an entrepreneur, business owner, or just someone with big dreams, I highly recommend following Jon and joining the group if you can.) I love the word hustle because it's about energy, not apathy. And it's about putting in the work, not just dreaming up an idea. Being a "hustler" (in this sense of the word), means you are a person who has set your sights on what matters most to you and you've set aside the excuses so you can succeed. You've made a smart goal and you're sticking to your plan to get there.
I love seeing women hustle!
But, there seems to be a problem... most women aren't like that. Why? Is it not in our DNA? Is it because of our gender? Is it because we're not supposed to hustle?
I don't think any of those are true, but they may feel like. Ultimately, I believe that our health has a huge impact on how we hustle.
How does your health affect your life and your hustle?
There is a pretty straightforward connection between your energy and your life. If you don't have the energy to do more than survive your day, you're not going to even consider creating big goals and planning out how to achieve them.
If do you manage to have enough mental energy to learn, grow, and have a vision for your future, your physical energy might be too low to consider turning that vision into a reality.
Or maybe you have higher physical energy but you're just so mentally and emotionally drained from the circumstances of your life that you can't focus on anything but getting through each day.
Lack of energy holds us back from truly living the plan that God has for our lives. And if we're not living His plan for our lives, we're settling for Plan B, C, or Z... and nothing is ever going to fulfill us in the same way as Plan A would.
If you want more for your life, and you believe that God has more for your life, then you need to learn how to take care of yourself in a way that gives your body the energy it needs.
Eat food that gives you energy rather than leaves you lethargic; get up and move around a bit, rather than sit all day; be aware of the negativity in your life and consider releasing some people and situations; take time to do things you enjoy doing and that fill you up rather than drain you; and actively seek God's next step for your life and trust that He will help you along.
Mental health is such a huge factor in our overall quality of life. You don’t even need to be “clinically diagnosed” with a mental health issue to be affected by your mental state. We often minimize the struggles we’re having and don’t seek out a solution to the issue. But our mental health can be the difference between surviving and thriving.
Having low-grade depression can zap all motivation from your life.
Struggling with anxiety can make it nearly impossible to plan more than a few minutes into your future.
And living with ADD can create such a frenzied state of mind that you lose your ability to focus at all.
When our mental health is struggling, so is our physical and emotional health—it impacts our entire lives! If your mind is not healthy, then that needs to be your first hustle.
Here are some first steps you can take:
- Take charge of your thoughts
- Set boundaries in your life to reduce negativity or overwhelm
- Eat healthy
- Get exercise
- Spend time outdoors
- Talk to someone--a counselor, pastor or mentor!
Even though mindset isn’t really a “health issue,” it is often the result of poor health in other areas. It’s too easy to fall into feelings of defeat when your body or your mind are not functioning like you wish they would be.
Having a mindset of hope, joy, expectation, and victory, can cause a major shift in your health and in your life. You cannot expect to take positive action in an area of your life until you have a mindset of success.
You’re not a victim; you’re not a failure; you’re not defeated!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me… do you believe it? Because if you don’t, you have an issue with God. If you believe God is great and He is good, then you have no choice but to see your present struggles as simply an obstacle that you can overcome.
Unfortunately, many women still play small. It’s time we stop doing that.
Take charge of your health, figure out what God’s vision is for your life, and start hustling girl! I’ll be here cheering you on as we run the race together. xo