2010-06-20

Feelin' Slushy

From time to time, even the most ambitious among us experience days during which we lack the motivation and mental clarity to work toward our goals. So it goes with me today. So as not to let the day pass by in total waste, I submit the Ayn Rand Quote of the Day:
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
In general, I believe Ms. Rand would suggest - as I usually do - that days like this are when we most need to focus on our goals and work through our lack of motivation. This, however, implies a certain degree of lack of compliance, or that working toward one's goal is a fight or a struggle.


My lack of motivation today, however, is the result of my diligence. In other words, I need a rest day. I achieved a little bit this morning and a lot over the past couple of days. Rest days are important because they provide an opportunity to pause and reflect, assess your work, regain your bearings, reset your mind, and work harder tomorrow than you otherwise would have.


Sometimes those of us who subscribe to Rand's ideas have a tendency to be unforgiving of ourselves when we take a rest day. It's important for people like me to recall that Rand's philosophies apply to long-range visions, not day-to-day perfection. A well-placed rest day ensures that your long term goals can be achieved before you burn out.