Because I am sleeping while I am ALIVE, I am reaping the EXPONENTIAL benefits of living smarter versus working harder.
I was in my 30’s before I realized I had absolutely no value for sleep. To me, sleep was a big waste of time. There were so many things I could get done during those hours that I slept. Taking a nap, well that was for people who had no drive or desire to accomplish anything.
After a long trip to Los Angeles, and catching the redeye home, my usual happened. Around 2pm I was completely exhausted and running on fumes. My husband, then boyfriend, persuaded me to lay down for a few minutes. A couple of hours later, I woke up and felt amazing. In a recent blog post, my mentor from a distance, Michael Hyatt shares the benefits of taking a nap.
That was 10 years ago and I still haven’t incorporated naps into my schedule. But I am committed to consistently getting 8 hours of sleep each night. The benefits, personally and professionally, are game changers for me.
I am a better thinker, mother, wife, friend, and woman because of it. I am more positive in my temperament, demeanor, patience and interaction with people, especially my family. I’ve also experienced growth in my business acumen and clarity in my decision making.
When we move into a season of acceleration and manifestation, we are taught to “get it while the getting is good”. I am a firm believer in this. But this can also be the mindset that causes us to crash and burn.
Many times this means we stop getting enough sleep and our victories then become our burden. This is why it’s so important to take the time to CELEBRATE & REJUVENATE.
I want to share three truths I have discovered that allow me to celebrate what I’ve done and rejuvenate for what I have yet to do.
1. Do not participate in negative thinking
When negative thoughts enter my mind, I MAKE THE DECISION I will not participate in that type of thinking. My intention is to only allow my mind to believe and receive “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
2. Speak positive mantras and affirmations
As woman of faith, I keep my thoughts focused on scriptures from my favorite book. Below are a few that empower me:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of GOD, in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to GOD and the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
3. Be present in every moment
Don’t beat yourself up about the past. Celebrate how far you have come. Acknowledge you didn’t give up, as well as the victories along the way. Don’t stress about tomorrow. Meet every challenge with strength and celebrate every victory with humility.
By ending each day with the mindset of CELEBRATION & REJUVENATION, I sleep very well every night.
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