Stretch for Success
What if a rubber band refused to stretch? It might not expand to reach its potential. It may lose elasticity and fail to get back in shape. It might not be willing to hold things in place.
A rubber band’s ability to stretch gives it value. Flexibility enables it to expand, and this leads to growth. While adaptability is essential, resilience allows it to bounce back to realize its full potential.
Compare challenges in life to stretching a rubber band. If under constant tension, an elastic band breaks or loses its shape. The same thing happens when we’re exposed to prolonged periods of stress. We end up frazzled and unable to bounce back. We may even feel so overwhelmed that we’re unable to handle being stretched.
Some feel that the more they do, the more they’ll be able to accomplish. Hence, the more successful they'll be. While there’s some truth to this statement, more isn’t always better. Less may actually be best to become the best version of YOU that you can be.
Finding a healthy balance between work and rest will keep you in good mental shape. Flexibility and stability will allow you to accomplish more with ease. In turn, you’ll experience increased productivity.
In life, change is inevitable. Yet it leads to growth. At times, it may force you to step outside your comfort zone. While you’ll grow when you’re stretched, don’t allow it to break you. Stay flexible and stable like a rubber band. Stretch with your goals, and grow into your potential.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”