When it comes to achieving success, there are a lot of ideas floating around about what it takes to get there. One of the most pervasive is the idea that productivity and sacrifice are the key ingredients in the recipe for success. You can see this belief in various types of content with titles like “5 things to do to become successful”, “10 habits of billionaires””, etc.
This belief is often accompanied by the idea that the more you work and sacrifice, the more successful you will be. However, this is not only a false idea, but it can also be detrimental to your mental and physical health, as well as your relationships with others.
According to the president of the American Psychological Association, Thelma Bryant, “It’s time to let go of the false dichotomy, or the false choice, which is we believe that in order to be successful I have to abandon myself”.
One of the biggest misconceptions about productivity is that you need to be constantly working in order to be successful. This idea is often fueled by the belief that the more hours you put in, the more you will get done. However, this is not necessarily true. In fact, studies have shown that working long hours can actually decrease productivity. This is because the human body and mind are not designed to work for extended periods of time without rest and recovery. When you are constantly working, you are more likely to experience burnout, which can lead to decreased productivity and even physical and mental health problems.
According to Bryant; “Thinking in terms of longevity and your own sustainability. Sometimes we are so driven to accumulate more or get the promotion that we are not paying attention to our future self.
It’s a setup for burnout. It’s a setup for our own bodies failing us. Sometimes we end up physically or emotionally not being able to maintain that pace.
You want to be intentional and not just want a temporary success where you are going to pull this all-nighter to turn in this amazing report tomorrow. You want longevity in your success.”
Instead, think: “How can I create a pace I can maintain and not miss out on my life where I’ve given everything away, my time, my energy, my focus. Where I’ve neglected my health or relationship.
I want to name that for some people this isn’t even a pursuit of luxury. For some people, it’s trying to pay the rent while being in survival mode.
Even for those who are stretched thin, you are depending on you and you have a family depending on you and when we run ourselves into a hole, it just doesn’t work in the long run. It’s important to find small ways or short ways to create rituals of care.”
Another false idea about productivity is that you need to be constantly working in order to be successful. This idea is often fueled by the belief that the more hours you commit to doing, the more you will get done. However, this is not only a false idea, but it can also be detrimental to your productivity. Studies have shown that overworking can decrease productivity because it leads to decreased focus and stress. When you are constantly working, you are more likely to make mistakes, which can lead to decreased productivity and even physical and mental health problems.
The idea that sacrifice is necessary for success is also a false one. This belief is often fueled by the idea that the more you give up, the more you will get in return. However, this is not necessarily true. In fact, studies have shown that unstrategic and forced sacrifice can also lead to decreased productivity, as well as physical and mental health problems. When you sacrifice without being thoughtful and self-aware, you are more likely to experience ineffective.
Sacrifice can also be detrimental to some important relationships. This is because you are more likely to neglect your relationships with friends and family with unguided or unwise sacrifices, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The truth is, productivity and sacrifice are not the key ingredients in the recipe for success. Instead, the key to success is balance. This means finding a balance between work and leisure, as well as between productivity and rest.
One way to find this balance is to set boundaries. This means setting limits on the amount of time you spend working, as well as setting limits on the amount of time you spend on leisure activities. It also means setting limits on the amount of time you devote to multitasking, as well as setting limits on the amount of time you spend on rest and recovery.
Another way to find this balance is to prioritize your mental and physical health. This means making sure that you are getting enough sleep, exercise, and nutrition. It also means making sure that you are taking care of your mental health by practicing self-care and seeking help when needed.
Finally, it is important to prioritize your relationships with others. This means making time for friends and family, as well as fostering healthy relationships with others. It also means being open and honest with others about your needs and boundaries.