I am constantly reminded to take things easy and not to sweat the small stuff. I even recall a very successful book with the same title some years ago. There is no shortage of social media posts either. You know the kind that combine corny worded images with a sad shot of a random human staring out a window on a rainy day.

I don’t know where the idea comes from that life is supposed to be one long holiday and that taking time out to recover, and rest is some higher order right that everyone can claim when they’ve worked a few hours overtime. I really don’t believe that so many people stress and work themselves to the bone every day in every aspect of their lives. The single mother with two kids, working three jobs, seven days a week, now that’s a different story and she has my vote to take a break!

While I am all for healthy and balanced living, and recovery and rest, I am also a firm believer that we can take a lot more punishment than we might think we do. It’s easy to allow this idea of taking time-out to take centre stage and to lose some of our capacity to push through, to take a hit (to quote Rocky Balboa) and to show some character and tenacity.

I also believe there comes a time for us to get serious about what we want from life, our partner, our studies, our business, our career, our country, our relationships and many other realms of our existence – and it’s ok to take yourself serious!

Be serious about your work, your talents, the things that matter to you and don’t be ashamed of taking it serious. The moment we become serious certain things become important to us, and once something becomes important to us, we realign our priorities, and we get things done, we achieve the impossible.

What do you need to get serious about?