Gazelle intensity vacations to avoid burnout
There has been a great deal of buzz amoungst various personal finance bloggers lately around the concept of Gazelle Intense, myself included. As a result, I’ve found myself musing on it a bit lately: What it means exactly, would I be considered gazelle intense, and frankly wondering if those that claim to be gazelle intense truly are. There are a number of factors that I think play into how gazelle intense you can be: Whether you have children and how many you have, how much “spare” cash you have available to snowflake against your debt, your income level, and I am sure many other factors. Another factor to consider is at what point are you maybe hurting yourself or others in the process.
Gazelle Intense at the YMCA
My wife and I signed up for the YMCA at the beginning of the year and we’ve been working out about 2-3 times per week since we joined. We’ve also been on a fairly strict diet. I’ve already lost 8 pounds and already feel like I have more energy. We’ve been pretty gazelle intense with our dieting and exercise. Almost every Friday night, my wife and I got out for dinner for “date night”. Nothing fancy or extra special, just a way to get out together…just the two of us. During our most recent “date”, we were trying to decide what to eat. If you’ve ever been on a strict diet, you’ll know that it’s a bit of a challenge to find something even remotely healthy at most restaurants. So we decided it would be alright to skip our diet for the evening and just enjoy the food and our time together. After all, I’ve read that unless you reward yourself, sticking to a diet is near impossible.
Gazelle Intense Vacations
In dawned on me later that this is the way I feel about being gazelle intense. We go through periods where are very much gazelle intense, focusing every dollar we can on our debt. Other times, we may enjoy a family night out, or splurge a little over the weekend. Then we return once again to being purely gazelle intense. I hear these stories on the Dave Ramsey show about people being gazelle intense for 2 or 3 years, and I always if they rewarded themselves or maybe took “gazelle intense vacations”. Don’t get me wrong, if someone can do this for 2-3 years, or even 6-months, I have the utmost admiration for them. I just don’t think it would work for me. I like to reward myself in small ways for accomplishments. Doing so motivates me and helps me to look forward to the next goal. Honestly, not doing so would quickly lead me to gazelle intensity burnout.
You see this type of burnout happens frequently. This is particularly evident after new years where people declare all of those wonderful goals, resolutions and ambitions, but they seldom follow through to keep up the focus. They become burned out and grow tired of the sacrifice. Instead, set yourself up smaller goals with rewards. Be gazelle intense until you reach that goal, reward yourself, then head for the next goal. Again, don’t go do something crazy like buy a new car or go on a cruise. Maybe just a dinner out or a quiet weekend at the beach instead. Just do something simple, low cost, and that you enjoy.
Here are some other recent articles you can read on the subject of gazelle intensity:
- Gazelle Intensity When You’re in for the Long Haul at Mrs. Micah
- Is There a Downside To Gazelle Intensity? at Being Frugal
- Learning How to be Gazelle Intense Without Going Crazy at The Frugal Dollar
- I’m a Cheetah Not a Gazelle at Paid Twice
- Dave Ramsey Gazelle Intensity and the PF Blogosphere at DebtFREE-Revolution
Are you gazelle intense? If so, how intense are you? Do you reward yourself? What are your thoughts on this topic? Add a comment!