Remember a time when you could wake up in the morning and not only look forward to the day, but have energy to boot? Do you look around you and wonder where all the energy you had during your high school and college years has gone?
If you’re like the rest of us, you’re struggling just to keep up with the pace of today’s life. If you own your own business or work as a professional in your field, it is enough to make your head spin. Keeping up with new technology, faster business pace, deadlines, and the daily commute is challenging enough. Throw in life’s chores and obligations and it could approach suffocating. And, if you’re planning a personal life in there somewhere, well, it often feels like it gets the short end of the stick.
So, what’s a girl to do? It’s not like you can chuck it all and go live in an ashram (well, you could, but about 99% of us aren’t cut out for that nor do we want that lifestyle).
The good news is the quality of your life is totally up to you. The bad news is the quality of your life is up to you.
If you’re feeling the daily grind taking its toll, maybe you’re approaching or already deeply entrenched in a state of burnout. This is not a good thing. If you think, “well, everyone is burned out, why should I be different?” then consider the question – If everyone jumped off the local bridge, would you follow them simply to “keep up with the Joneses?
The first step in moving from insanity to more time and energy is awareness. The truth of the matter is that you can’t make positive changes in your life until you acknowledge that something’s not the way you want it to be and realize a change is needed.
So, for today, ask yourself?
- What would I be doing if I had more time and energy?
- What gets in my way of having more time and energy?
- Close your eyes and picture yourself having the time and energy to do the things you’d love to be doing (and listed in answer to the first question above). How does it feel?
- Close your eyes and picture yourself never having the time or energy to do the things you’d love to be doing. How does that feel?
Really let the awareness from answering these questions sink into your heart and mind. And, stay tuned as I’ll be talking a lot more about how to start creating more time and reclaiming more of your energy in the next few weeks.
Today I started a beta-test of my “Nip Burnout in the Bud” e-Course to make it fresher, bolder, and better for its Version 2 release. During the next 6 weeks participants from my test group will be sharing their experiences here on the blog in the comments section. So, please keep an eye out for that and share your own experiences with stress and burnout as well. You don’t have to have all the answers to share — if you’re burned out of your mind and simply want to vent (within reason)…please do.
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