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The Importance of Taking Breaks on the Path to All of Your Aspirations

Among all of your hard work, don’t forget to find the balance you need to keep going.
Balance Fam, we know you’re working tirelessly. Pushing yourself to reach your fullest potential and accomplish all of your aspirations. Your effort and dedication is strong and it will get you there, we know it, but there will come a time when your motivation dwindles and you may begin to feel a lack of focus. In order to reach new heights, you must be able to provide yourself with the energy needed to do so.


If you’re beginning to feel
:
constantly overwhelmed
always tired,
easily irritable,
lacking motivation, or
like you’re just making little mistakes more often than not,
you may need to ask yourself, 
“Do I need a break?”

By constantly giving your all, every hour of every day for weeks or months at a time, you are setting yourself up for a time when you will experience great struggle to keep going: you will experience burnout

There will be times where your ambitions are high, your motivation spikes, and you feel an overwhelming desire to do everything at once. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t take advantage of this abundance of energy, but to simply do so with balance in mind. It’s important to remember that in order to avoid hitting a breaking point, you need to come up for air every now and then.

We’re here today to remind you that it’s okay to take a break.
Stop for a moment. Recognize where you are and appreciate how far you’ve come.

 Remember when you once wanted what you currently have? 
In some way you are exactly where you need to be at this point in your life,
because every little thing you are doing is setting you up for what’s to come.
It’s not going to appear overnight and that’s okay. 
In order to provide yourself with the best possible outcome,
it’s important to take your time and enjoy every step of the way.

No matter what it is, we challenge you to regularly set aside time for yourself. 
Do anything—do what makes you happy and make this a habit. Prioritize time for yourself, outside and away from all that you have going on. Even if it’s just an hour a day, it’s the break your mind needs and the fuel you will need to keep pushing yourself beyond what you’re already capable of.

 This can be especially tough if your work is your passion, but it is a crucial factor in setting yourself up for success in the long run. After all, you’re only human.
We know how easy it is to get caught up in every little thing that goes on and lose track of time. Falling into this routine is natural, but when it becomes day and night and your new norm, you begin to live life in an imbalance. In order to prevent this, do whatever it is that you need to do to ensure you are giving yourself the energy you need to keep going. Whether that means actually scheduling the time in your calendar to remind yourself, or holding yourself accountable by telling a loved one of your intentions, we promise it will be worth it.  

Don’t forget to take that extra time for you and enjoy it.
Sometimes as we’re working toward our goals, there are roadblocks, set backs, and new opportunities that can go against our original plans. Taking a break allows you to look at the big picture and evaluate if what you’re doing is getting you closer to your goals, or if you need to incorporate different actions. 
If you’re staying too focused on what’s right in front of you at all times and not giving yourself time to reflect, it will be more difficult to adjust when the inevitable curve balls of life get thrown your way. Learn to let go of frustration that comes with life not going as planned because, well, that’s life. Things won’t always go as expected and that’s okay. Take a step back. Rest and revise your plan. Don’t rush your story. When you’re ready: keep going.
Make your story your own.

Always remember:
You are unique and have so much to offer.
If you let life consume you without any breaks, you will likely experience a desire to quit before reaching your goals.
You have come so far and still have so much potential, but take your time. It will all work out.
Your story is what makes you who you are. Embrace it. Embrace you.

For more, check out Carly-Ann’s inspiring story by watching her Elite Leader video: