According to Wordhippo, “hustle” is defined as:
Verb: The top 3
To force or push one’s way; To move quickly; To pressure someone into doing something
Noun: The top 3
A state of great activity; A willingness to undertake new or risky endeavors; Great, and often showy or disorderly, speed
Notice that most of these definitions are about being busy, hurried, rushed, aggressive, etc. On Dictionary.com, you’ll find:
hustle [ huhs-uhl ]
- to proceed or work rapidly or energetically
- to push or force one’s way; jostle or shove.
Does it seem to you like the world has only embraced the aggressive 2nd definition, and the calm, intention-based 1st definition gets lost?
It’s like a tug-o’war between two extremes: the frantic, aggressive definition of hustle on one end, and the recent “anti-hustle” mantras on the other.
Here’s what I’ve discovered: The issue isn’t the hustle itself. Does that surprise you?
The issue is how we define and pursue it.
When we emulate how Jesus worked: with purpose, intention, a sense of timing and always seeking His Father’s direction, we embrace the first definition of hustle. Redefining it for our Kingdom business.
By redefining hustle, we rediscover Jesus’ unsurpassed peace, calm and even joy in our work, breaking the chains of overwhelm and overachievement, so we can walk out God’s assignment with clarity, serenity and fulfillment. It’s the foundation of my 4 Keys coaching framework, it’s why I’m giving my podcast a makeover to make it even more focused and fruitful for you! So if you missed the announcement, on November 7 the show becomes Redefining Hustle: Pursuing Success as a Christian Woman – and I cannot wait to see how God uses it to bless His ambitious daughters.