The difference between Busy and Hustle

We’re all so BUSY. It’s understandable. We’re running from one place to the next trying to keep up with our own agendas and take part in a vast and incredible world.

Information is more accessible than ever. You can do and be anything you want. Really!But with all this information comes an unhealthy amount of distraction. I often hear “Busy is a Choice. Stress is a Choice. JOY is a Choice. Choose Well.” But when we’re overwhelmed with choice, how do we know what to chose?

Busy is a choice. Let’s unpack that. When I see busy, I see a lot of work, with very little result. When I’m BUSY, I’m not focused; I feel like I’m headed in a million directions. I don’t know who to listen to or where to turn next. I jump from one important task to the another, rarely finishing either to the standard I feel is best. I feel behind; uneducated; like I’m not enough. I look to other people’s lives and accomplishments for some kind of road map or lifeline, because I feel as if I’m drowning with no end in sight. In short, I’m LOST. I think busy is what happens when I DON’T MAKE A CHOICE.

You can work and be busy until you drop. In the end, if you’re not working towards your choices, then you will end up right where you started, lost.

Stress is a choice. Stress is tricky, because there is good stress and bad stress. I’m sure this saying is referring to “bad” stress; for example regretting past decisions or not knowing the outcome of the future. Again, this boils down to NOT making a choice. Regretting past decisions means you have not chosen how to use that information. Whatever the mistakes of the past, you must use that information to inform your present choices. It may be incredibly painful, but looking at your past mistakes as information that will benefit you now is the only way you can move forward from them. Not knowing the future means you have not made choices about where you are headed. Yes, anything can happen. We can’t control our futures, so what’s the point of fussing over “ANYTHING”? Hustle, is how we can help remove future stress.

Hustle, now that’s a word I can get behind. When I see hustle, I see focus, direction, drive and ambition. When I’m in the middle of my hustle, nothing can derail me. Hustle requires an incredible number of choices. You must choose what success looks like to you and you ONLY. You cannot be influenced by other people’s definition of success; as tempting and easy as it would be. Why? Because we have to walk our own paths to success. You have to choose the steps you are going to take to get there. You have to choose the type of person you want to be when you arrive at your goals. You have to choose how you will treat others on the way to your goals. Each choice is a map that lays out who you are and who wish to become. Hustle is all CHOICE.

When you choose to hustle, you’re choosing JOY. You’ve created a path that will take you, a step at a time, to your own defined success. Each day, each action will bring you closer to your JOY. You will choose your path, your goals and your life, every day. If you decide that your vision of success has changed along the way, GREAT! Redefine, remap, and get your butt back out there and hustle. It’s your choice. We get one life, as far as we know, so we should absolutely embrace the power of choice.

WARNING: Remember, this isn’t busy, this is HUSTLE. You’ve defined what’s important to you and that should include time for self-care, rest, recovery, family and friends.

 

It’s hard to stay in your own lane and focus on your own hustle all the time. That’s why I surround myself with songs, books, quotes and people who remind me of my choices and keep me in my joy. Here’s a little song I covered that reminds me to take in every moment, Norah Jones, Carnival Town. Thanks for listening!

 

What are three things that help keep you in your HUSTLE? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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When you find you’re stuck in busy mode, just take a minute and find one thing that you’re grateful for, focus up and find your hustle. Thank you so much for joining me for another “Sing it Anyway”.

Keep singing your song! <3

 

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