Depending on who you ask, the word hustle may carry either a positive or a negative connotation. Dictionary.com describes it in verb form as “to proceed or work rapidly or energetically.” I’d chalk that one up as a positive. However, the next three definitions are increasingly negative: “to push or force one’s way: jostle or shove;” “to be aggressive, especially in business or other financial dealings;” and “to earn one’s living by illicit or unethical means.” Yet, those negative connotations aside, I believe most see the word hustle and think “working hard,” “putting forth max effort,” and “getting things done.” That is how I view it for the most part.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
– Abraham Lincoln
So why Fit2hustle? Or rather Fit-to-hustle?
Hustle is somewhat of a buzzword thrown around by many social media influencers, business gurus, and motivational speakers. Think Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, and Tony Robbins to name a few, and I would even add one of my favorites, Jon Acuff. So while I “embrace the hustle,” I have found that when I have “hustled” in the past, my hustle has often, and rather quickly at that, turned to burn-out and exhaustion. This occurs for one or both of two reasons. The primary reason being that I was likely pursuing my plans and not God’s plans. The other reason I experience burn-out though is simply that I am not taking time to plan and prepare myself to be Fit to Hustle. This can occur even if I am pursuing a plan or purpose that I believe aligns perfectly with God’s will for me. We all get tired. We all need encouragement and wisdom from others. We all need to take care of ourselves physically and emotionally. And sometimes, we just need to step back and see if we are hustling for things that matter.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
-Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
Hustle for what matters most
I want to hustle for things that matter. My family, my friends, my church, my business, my community, my neighbors next door and on the other side of the world, and God’s creation. If I am honest I want to hustle simply so I can spend more time at my family’s favorite place (pictured above). I could be more specific, and I may do just that in future posts. Really what matters to me though, is likely the same things that matter to you. I just want to ensure that my hustle is balanced. That I am not hustling in business at the expense of my family for example. To ensure I keep a proper balance in my hustle I need to be fit. In this blog I will post ideas about financial, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual fitness. I will log my personal progress in these areas; while possibly heading off on a few tangents. I may confess a personal short-coming or ten along the way as well. When appropriate I will link to resources and tools that may be beneficial to you because they have been beneficial to me. I will strive to keep my posts concise and informative. I hope you will find something here that will help you become increasingly more Fit-to-Hustle.
Thanks for visiting and may God bless your hustle!