Hardwired for the BHAG : My Struggles With The Hustle

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I know we were made to dream BIG & we are capable of doing BIG things.

Try this.

Gather a group of people and give them the task of talking about a dream vacation with all limits removed.

There are no financial barriers or restrictions.

Go anywhere.


With anyone.

Where are you going to go?

Who are you going to go with?

What are you going to do?

Then stand back and watch the energy and conversations in the room escalate to a fever pitch. As groups share without restrictions on what is possible the air becomes contagious. The possibilities begin to stack on top of each other. As one dream is shared another is inspired and the territory of the dreams in the room keep expanding. There is such a strong sense and sound of LIFE in a room full of people dreaming BIG.  It is the same as the energy I have felt on a flight that is heading to Hawaii as opposed to a commuter flight full of business travellers. People are just friendlier, more polite, more forgiving, more available, more present to the moment and life.

So here has been my struggle.  Boarding a daily flight to destination Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) but riding there with a commuter flight vibe.  I spent a lot of time as 2019 closed out looking back over the past year(s). The GOLD contained in looking back is you can honestly re-evaluate the emotions and mindsets that drove the past years behaviours but with distance and a lot greater perspective.

My conclusion was in 2020 I will DO LESS, so HE can MOVE more. I believe my life has been dominated by a pervasive HUSTLE and my identity can dangerously get wrapped up in my work and accomplishments. Wrestling God for the controls instead of resting in a greater all knowing scheme that my human mind cannot even begin to comprehend. For many years I have been taking on more than I was meant to bear, all while  being encouraged and applauded by the daily onslaught of our “HUSTLE while others sleep” culture.

So I started asking myself “how has that been working for me or the world at large around me?”

The answer.

It’s not.

So I am in the midst of a new season wrestling with the gravity that pulls me daily back to how I have always done things and the need for consistent reminders to do LESS.

I started this year with 3 books that say it all.

(1) Atomic Habits By James Clear all about focusing on the small daily habits that can have remarkable impact when stacked upon across a year.

(2) To Hell With The Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent and Overconnected World By Jefferson Bethke

(3) The Ruthless Elimination Of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World. By John Mark Cormer

Writing or journaling helps me organize my thoughts so as I navigate the lessons being learned I thought I would hold myself accountable to it by blogging my thoughts. I also know what connects us humans is our shared struggle and my hope is the words and lessons shared may inspire or help someone else with the same struggles.


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