It has been said, and it is true, that manifestation requires more than intention setting and visualization. It also requires work, effort, and diligence. Sometimes we interpret this to mean that the more effort we put into attaining our desired outcomes, the greater the chance of success, or the sooner we will see our intended results. This is true only to a certain extent.
In every endeavor, without exception, there is a threshold of how much energy we can invest while still remaining productive. Once we have reached the threshold, we need to allow ourselves to breathe, to rest and recuperate, to let the invested energy do its work beyond our applied efforts.
When we don’t see the intended results manifest soon enough, or we don’t see any evident progress in our endeavors, we may feel we are not doing enough. During these times we will attempt to push ourselves beyond the point of exhaustion. We will encumber ourselves with extra efforts and tasks well past our own capacity. We will interpret our body and mind’s cries for respite as a sign of our own weakness, of our lack of determination to attain the outcome we have envisioned for so long.
The truth is, we do ourselves a great disservice when we hit the override function on the alarm that warns us when we are overtaxing ourselves. If we proceed past our threshold we will lose focus due to mental and physical exhaustion. We are inclined to make greater errors through clouded judgment. We will tap into the reserves that is allocated toward maintaining our basic functions, risking illness, fatigue, and mental anguish, only to find ourselves on the long road to recovery, delaying our progress toward our goals.
Our minds and bodies will tell us when we have reached the upper limits on how much of our own energy we can expend on any endeavor. Our temptation to override this warning is based on fears and insecurities of missing a deadline, of not achieving the desired outcome in the time we would like. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to acknowledge the energy has been invested and the progress will occur when our eyes are closed, much the way a seed germinates beneath the soil hidden from our view. The fact that we invested the energy is accomplishment in and of itself. After we have regenerated we can reapply our energy toward our goals in a more focused and efficient manner.