Today I want to retell a story which I was once told. It goes like this:
Two lumberjacks are in the forest. They’re about the same build, have the same experience and the same equipment. They decide to cut down two trees which are right next to each other. To pass time they decide to make it a race. Now these trees are quite big so cutting them down using only a saw takes a long time and is very tiring. One of the two lumberjacks goes behind a bush and takes a break once in a while. The other lumberjack continues to work hard and doesn’t understand why the lumberjack who takes a lot of breaks is faster than him. The lumberjack who took the breaks ended up cutting down his tree faster than the other. Why? Because he spent his breaks sharpening his saw.
I think this is a fantastic analogy for life. You don’t want to be the lumberjack who burns out by not taking any breaks and still doesn’t end up winning. You want to be the lumberjack who appreciates the benefits of taking time out to sharpen his saw. It’s important to sometimes focus on improving and taking care of ourselves (sharpening the saw).
This can be done in many ways. You can take a vacation, read a book, meditate, work out etc. Anything that makes you relaxed and is healthy, i.e. watching TV is not considered sharpening the saw.
If you’re stressed about something or if you just feel that you’re working extremely hard, consider if you need to sharpen your saw. Just take a little bit of time out and focus on you, and what makes you feel good.
On that note; I’ve just arrived in Chicago (as you read this) for a 5 week trip to Chicago, Cocoa beach (Florida), Washington DC, and NYC. I’ll try to post as much as possible while remembering to sharpen the saw.
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Yours truly, The Fitness Motivator