PSA Take a break NOW! You’re working too much!
I climbed in bed, eagerly awaiting sleep. A moment of consideration and my gratitude practise for the day… When the fact hit me, as soon as I awoke from this awaited slumber, I would be back at it… Working all day… Until the next night.
How was I back on this hamster wheel again? I began my adventures into entrepreneurship and running my own practice a few years ago with the intention to have my own hours doing only what I love. (If you’re an entrepreneur, I know you’re smirking right now).
I had developed a balanced daily ritual, but it had gotten out of hand again, with the majority of the time spent working.
And then I clicked. I’ve always worked hard. Having been a single mom for 7 years I was used to being independent and having every hour filled with something productive.
Working long hours was my set point. I used “was” intentionally because I am changing that.
And this is why…
I have learnt that we are cyclical. We need rest and recreational stimulation to fuel our creative and service tanks. We need time to integrate what we learn. We need time to process our experiences.
The result of balancing work, rest and play is a revitalised, creative and calmer version of yourself. A “you” that makes much better decisions, copes easily with stress and a greater sense of wellbeing. With higher levels of productivity in all areas of life. But most importantly, more fulfillment because you get the opportunity appreciate life.
So take a rest and have some fun… Tell them your life coach made you!
I am happy to say that I no longer suffer from the anxiety that used to bother me. I remember physically shaking when it felt like I had so much to do in so little time. Complete sensory & task overwhelm!
The journey I have experienced through becoming a life coach has not only prepared me to help others, but has helped me heal many of my own issues. I am so grateful to say that I now have the tools to solve any challenge I face in my life without that sense of doom hanging over me.
I am excited about the unpredictable… I even seek it… who wants to live the same day over and over for 80 years? Not me!
I am blessed to be able to say that. I am grateful for always being directed by my passion.
And now my passion is helping people find & follow their passion.
FIND YOUR PASSION & TAKE ACTION!
I promise that your dreams will come true!
We are often faced with uncomfortable feelings or uncomfortable situations. Most likely, we immediately want the uncomfortable experience to be replaced by something pleasant… and where do we reach?
Yes, this discomfort can be a great motivator for change. It is in the “treatment” of the discomfort. Do we try to make it go away with instant fixes? Instant fixes that don’t last. Or do we embrace the feeling of discomfort as feedback that we need to change something, internally or externally. A behaviour or a belief that is no longer working for us… That is keeping us in a perpetual uncomfortable state. And the small fixes giving us a temporary sense of relief so that the impetus for change is actually REDUCED.
This is where I call for PATIENCE. Yes, it will feel uncomfortable. But waiting patiently for the “feeling” to subside while you take productive steps solving the “real” problem, will bring you closer to the solution & change.
How do YOU get into a creative, resourceful state?
I love being in a creative state. Sometimes I will be so inspired to do something that I am not able to focus on anything else. The last few days I have been creating my podcast *Mentoring Myself*, and have been showing little patience for any distractions.
When last were you in a creative, resourceful state?
You don’t need to be an entrepreneur or artist to be creative. There are so many ways to express your creativity, your perspective of something. But the most important work is your MINDSET & EMOTIONAL STATE…
If you do not feel that you add value, if you do not have faith in your “work”, it is so much more difficult to look for creative solutions.
“The only difference between FEAR and EXCITEMENT is what we label it. The two are pretty much the same physiological/emotional reaction. With fear, we put a negative spin on it: “Oh no!” With excitement, we give it some positive english: “Oh, boy!” ~Peter McWilliams
Interestingly, studies have shown that if you learn to anticipate fearful situations then you actually activate the nucleus accumbens, which is the reward center of the limbic system (Klucken 2009). Thus knowing you’re about to be scared is actually somewhat enjoyable. But if the fear is unpredictable then it doesn’t activate the nucleus accumbens. So fear activates the hypothalamus in the same way as excitement, and when it’s predictable it activates the brain’s reward center as well. And that really gets at the heart of the matter. We don’t like fear per se, we like PREDICTABLE FEAR. It gets the limbic system fired up, making us feel more alive, but we don’t have to worry about actually dying.
I CHOOSE EXCITEMENT!