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Overworking and Exhaustion Never Leads to Success

I’m so tired! How often a day do you find yourself making that statement? After all, exhaustion seems to be the new norm, right? If you’re not busy and tired at all hours of the day, then you can’t possibly be doing enough.

But is that the truth?

Does overworking to the point of exhaustion, really lead to success?

Because that is what’s often portrayed to us. From television shows to movies to autobiographies, we’re led to believe that if you want to make it to the top, you must work harder than everyone else. You must be willing to sacrifice your sleep, your rest, and your peace.

But what I have found, is that it’s just the opposite.

Overworking often leads to burnout

Yes, we want to be productive. Yes, we want to make continual progress. But when we just go and go and go, we put a strain on ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. There’s no room for fun, there’s no room for spontaneity, there’s just work. Do this long enough, and you will end up burnout. It is a level of stress that cannot be maintained. And will ultimately end in bitterness towards a part of our life, that we once loved and had great passion for.

 Exhaustion almost always result in ineffectiveness

The image shows an exhausted woman, and asks the question, "does overworking to the point of exhaustion lead to success?"

When I am past the point of tired, my mind does not operate at its highest capability. Not only do I find myself lacking in my thinking, but I also struggle with creativity. At times of exhaustion, new fresh ideas are far and few in-between…if at all. I am rendered ineffective. This is not the place you want to work from if you hope to reach any level of success.

Overworking steals the joy of the journey

When you are constantly working, and allowing yourself no time for fun, rest and recharge, you are ultimately forfeiting joy. Without joy, work is simply a chore, rather than a passion. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, then you’re not going to want to do it long-term. If you find yourself feeling this way, then it’s time to re-work fun, rest, and recharge, back into your schedule!

Being a mom and a woman in pursuit of her purpose are no small things. Both require a great deal of time, hard work, and dedication. But overworking to the point of exhaustion is not a requirement. It doesn’t benefit you, your child, or your purpose. Find a groove for you that produces progress, but is manageable, and allows you to keep your joy and your peace.

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24 thoughts on “Overworking and Exhaustion Never Leads to Success

  1. Overdoing anything will lead to burn out, yes! Sometimes it’s out of our control though (if we’re not speaking in terms of ONLY work or school). there are times that life hands you a lot and you HAVE to keep fighting and working and ‘overworking’ to get to a better place.
    Love the topic!

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  2. Thank you for this…it is such an important reminder! I do agree but as you said, the message that we need to overwork is everywhere in our culture. Sometimes I feel guilty for resting when I’m tired. But a wiser mom once said to me, “If you can take a break, then do.” This is why I often nap in the afternoons when my younger son does. And you know what? I feel amazing afterwards! I’m happier, more patient with my family, and able to keep functioning long into the evening (as my current life season demands). I also agree that I am way more creative, and work because I want to (not because I have to) when I’m rested. So many good points in this article!

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  3. This is something I need to keep working on. I had a “forced vacation” to Alaska last week. It was the first time off in over a year. And it was awesome. Maybe this year I will get better at balancing with so much pressure to get things moving in the right direction!

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