Yes I talked to a young man yesterday who said his brain was tired, but he was closed to all of the practical suggestions Hyatt puts forward in this great podcast I reference at the end. He was focused on carrying on the behaviours and attitudes that were wearing him down for a few more years to meet a goal: and then of course it would all be different!
I have met many similar people in a medical context who once thought as Hyatt portrays-‘…leaders and high achievers think, “I’m the exception. The rules apply to everybody else. I can live with less sleep. I can go longer. I have more stamina,” or whatever. Well, it’s not true, and eventually it will catch up with you.’
I have seen it catch up with so many. And it is true that if you build recovery time into your life, you are refreshed and energised, more focused and productive than the blinkered workaholic.
Hyatt talked about making rest intentional and planned, but yet dynamic- so it is realistic to accept seasons where rigid parameters won’t work. Rest is a part of a balanced life for people who have learned how to say ‘no’. I have heard people say busyness comes onto their radar screen as ‘opportunities’ but if they are not screened and prioritised they pile up and wear them down. It gives one an identity outside of work, allowing time to reflect and make adjustments. He reinforced how it involves listening to the people around you who care about you -not like the young man I talked to yesterday.
I really hope he will survive magnificently, but I will keep an ear to the ground and hope to be a support to him if he needs it in the future.