Caution: my first official internet rant follows…
I admit it. One of my favorite expressions for a while was ‘crushing it.’ (alt-1 = crush it). Then it seemed to become a required ingredient in all the good motivational posts.
Until they weren’t so good anymore… or motivational.
That was, until everyone including me overused it. And overemphasized it. And outright devalued crushing it into an everyday act achievable by anyone with a crushing morning routine.
The Silicon Valley Dictionary defines crushing it as “Achieving exceptional success with something.”
(Yes, there really is a Silicon Valley Dictionary). I would not joke about such things. That would not be nice.
There are other definitions. All of them have a common element. Crushing it is not a common feat… at least that used to be the case.
Many who have come before us have, mind you… crushed it.
@gapingvoid says, “If one’s Facebook feed is anything to go by, it seems the whole point of existence is to be “crushing it” all the time. To ratchet up the hyper-efficient Protestant work ethic to the point of mysticism.”
I knew it! Facebook did it… C’mon Zuck, ‘sup with that?
So, spare me your morning routine. Spare me your shut down routine. And, absolutely spare me your bedtime routine. That is, if you even allow yourself a ramp-up, shut-down, or um… sleep.
I promise, you won’t find down time or any such thing in any of the online advice from the crushers.
Oops… I stand corrected, 10 minutes of meditation is allowed in the morning.
I even read a post last year that suggested eliminating or at least severely limiting time with friends. Friends hold you back from reaching your potential, you know. That’s a fact.
There is no crushing it with friends involved. Sorry.
In my research, I managed however, to find one nugget of truth. One bit of rational sanity.
“everything”—the notion that we can do it all, perfectly, right now—is a great, big, self-sabotaging con. – Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism*
Take that, crushers.
Besides, thinking big about too many things leaves you unsatisfied.
Thinking big by thinking small is far more fulfilling. Even if you’ve literally managed to crush something.
Can’t we just go back to ‘killing it’ and be content with that?
* By the way, Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a life-changing handbook for getting away from all of the crazy-busy, crushing everything nonsense of our hyper-everything world. Check it out.
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