We all want to do and be our very best, yet there is something we all must keep in mind…
“Kind reminder: doing your best does not mean working yourself to any point of breakdown.“
Who doesn’t want to be their very best? There is something that seems so worthy and worthwhile about striving to do and be the best you can be. To reach for that awesome goal of “best”. At it’s very core, doing your best is an honest and incredibly positive goal and it’s one that is always reachable and forward moving. A shining example of yourself, for yourself, and achieved by yourself.
However, there is a dangerous side to this “doing and being your best”. It’s the side that refuses to be satiated, that feeds the ego and just keeps pushing and exerting and creating impossible goals. It’s the side that screams out and that society labels as desirable ambition. It’s the doing your best that works you to a point of breakdown – mental, physical, or emotional breakdown.
But why? Nowhere has it ever been stated that the only way to be your best or do your best is to push yourself to or past a point of breakdown. There is no need for that kind of pain and exhaustion, not in regards to your best. Your best should leave you feeling good about yourself, not broken and in pain.
By doing your best, you are doing things to the optimum of your ability – not more than you are capable of, but simply the greatest you are capable of.And your best is defined by YOU and only you. That means that your best will differ and change and that is totally okay. If you feel you are doing and giving your best, that is all that matters. Your best is nobody elses, just as their’s is not yours.
I have actually been heeding this reminder over the past few weeks. Things have been crazy busy and the retrogrades and eclipse season has been nothing short of emotionally chaotic and some days my best was making sure the basics were covered and not much else. But by making sure that I didn’t push myself to the point of breakdown, I’ve been more than okay and actually proud of the best I did turn out. Sure, some things fell to the wayside (like my posts here and on Instagram) but if I would’ve forced myself, not only would I have been burnt out, the posts would’ve been mediocre and unfulfilling – and that simply would not do!
You need to remind yourself that doing your best does not mean working yourself to any point of breakdown – not physical, not mental, not emotional. Your best doesn’t need to be painful to be the best. In fact, if it’s your best, you should be left feeling good about yourself, not hurting or bad. Pushing yourself or working yourself to a point of breakdown to show your best is not necessary, so please, don’t do it. You are worth more than that, and so is your best!
Namaste ~ Ella
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