365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles
Day 53. Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Despite getting 4 ½ hours of sleep I had the perfect Tuesday. I was convinced I was invincible. I can operate with little sleep, I can be productive at work, I can convince others of my perspective AND I haven’t blown a fuse with anyone at work. Life is good.
When I sat down on Tuesday night—I labored on the blog entry. To be specific… I fell asleep while writing it. For 52 days the words have come out so easily but Day 53 the well was dry. I had TONS to say but the words weren’t coming out right. When I woke up from my “cat nap” in the living room I considered my options:
Option 1. My blog must get posted now.
Option 2. I’m really exhausted and need sleep right now.
Reluctantly, I shuffled into bed. My last thoughts as I rested my head on my pillow were a jumble of words for my precious blog.
When I woke up this morning I felt something strange. I was well rested. My head didn’t have that zombie-like feeling like the night before.
There is a Dale Carnegie principle I don’t often apply from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. I avoid it—to be exact. But I have proven through my missteps that it is an important one:
Rest before you get tired.
It turns out… grumble… that I’m not a machine. Double Grumble. I had an entirely different blog written and I could have dug my heels in deep and found the energy to post it. However, it was taking an incredible amount of effort to do this—simply because I was exhausted. Perhaps you, my readers would have been satisfied with the blog—but in my heart of hearts I know it wasn’t my best because I was drained.
What I have proven and I hope you see—it’s not only ok to let yourself rest—it’s vital. If you don’t rest—it does catch up to you—you might lash out—you might not produce your best, you might have that zombie-like feeling I experienced. It doesn’t diminish you as a person for needing rest. It simply proves you’re human. This is where I can’t resist ending with… GRUMBLE. Ha.
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