is more really better?
I get frustrated with myself on mornings like this:
Mornings when capitalism tells me I should be able to do more, produce more, and clear out my entire to do list…
… but if I’m being honest, I’m just fucking tired.
I’ve been paying attention to how I feel about my productivity –
If I didn’t get a “ton” done, then I feel like I have no right to be tired…
… but even when I do that literal ton and I end my day drained, it still feels like it wasn’t enough.
This is the problem with defining our success, productivity, and worth in capitalist standards.
Capitalism is all about doing more, making more, having more followers, the list goes on.
The mythical promise in capitalism is that “the sky’s the limit,” but when there’s always more you can achieve, earn, and do…
… how can anything ever be enough?
Spoiler alert: if nothing is ever enough, you will always feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled.
Alright, I know what you’re thinking, precious.
“How do I know if my measures of success are based in capitalism?”
Here are a few signs:
- All of your goals are about numbers – cash, number of clients, followers, etc.
- You feel better about yourself the harder you work
- You ignore or struggle to honor your body’s energetic clues in favor of getting shit done
- You always create and reach for new goals after achieving your original goals (and let’s be honest, you barely celebrate that success because there’s always more to do)
These aren’t even close to all of the signs that you’re harboring a ton of internalized capitalism, but they’re a few of them.
Know that you’re on the capitalist hamster wheel and you’re ready to finally stop striving blindly for more?
Here’s a way to decolonize your productivity and goals:
Overall, practice creating goals that don’t include numbers.
Ask yourself, outside of numbers and finances, what would make me feel truly successful and fulfilled in my business & life?
On a day to day basis, practice creating “to-do lists” that focus on doing just enough.
A question I always like to ask myself is: “What do I have to do today or else my business/life will fall apart?”
Sometimes there’s one thing, sometimes there’s four, and sometimes there’s absolutely nothing. Celebrate when you do those couple of things and…
… let everything you do on top of that be a completely unnecessary bonus.
It takes some practice to stop equating more with better in our lives, but I promise that when you do, you’ll be:
- Less stressed
- More satisfied
- Prouder of yourself and your work
- Focused on what you want, and not what capitalism wants
If you ask me, that’s all worth it.
Until next time,
P.S. Kicking internalized capitalism to the curb can be hella hard – it kicks up all of our triggers, traumas, and fears about being safe and secure.
If you feel fear, scarcity, or resistance coming up for you in thinking about how to do less, but you know you’re ready to rest and enjoy your business & life more, then you may want to apply to my program, Revolutionary Rising.
Our next cohort begins in May, and we have four spots left.
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