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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.

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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.”


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2 thoughts on “Stretch for Success”

  1. Nice post! I totally agree with it based on my own personal experience and on numerous studies. I taught industrial psych way back in the early 1970’s and there were already studies showing that “output” generally increased when people worked fewer hours. 30 hours would be better than 40, but many white collar workers are encouraged/coerced/told to work 60 or even more. It becomes a vicious cycle and it isn’t even good for the “bottom line” let alone the workers. It’s a kind of craziness. The second time I worked at IBM Research, if you asked someone passing in the halls, “Hey, how are you?” the most common answer was, “Busy! Busy!” When people are over-worked, they are less able to see creative solutions, there are more sick days, higher turnover, more accidents, and *lower* output.

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