The Hustle Is No Longer Required

Have you been feeling like you have no more to give?  No energy is left in your body and getting up in the morning feels more like a struggle than just shaking off sleepiness?  Now you feel absolutely exhausted, beat-down and mentally depleted.  

We all want a fulfilling life.  We all want a career that we enjoy and we all want love.  We make decisions in hopes that it will bring us closer to what we are desiring.  However, we find ourselves running around the track in circles trying to go faster and faster each lap around.  On top of that, we can often find others cheering us on not to stop. Never stop or we will not reach the finish line.  In the end, we subscribe to this lifestyle motivated by false energy and totally burnt out.

There is a glorification in the business world of being too busy to stop.  There are deep roots in ideas of how to become successful and the way to do it is through hard work, blood, sweat and tears.  But I ask, is there another way? Is it not possible to achieve success and all that you desire and not give up your peace? Is it also possible that finding time for you is a key to success?

Let’s look at some ways to get into the flow of life and allow greatness to circulate in your life rather than chase it:

  1. Finding space for joy.  It is important to counter the hectic schedule with things that bring nothing but happiness.  A bath, movie night out, new restaurant, learning something new like painting or creating a succulent garden. Additionally, make sure to maintain friendships.
  2. Creating time for you.  There are great benefits to stepping away from the demands of life.  It is time to get still. I have always pushed meditation even if that means sitting quietly for 5 minutes a day.  
  3. Time off.  You can not work every single day and expect that you will not crash at some point.  For me, I take off Sunday. I schedule nothing and what I have planned is an activity that is fun.  If I am tired, I do nothing but relax and feel good doing it. We must stop and rejuvenate
  4. Digital detox.  Step away from the device at night.  Don’t bring it into bed with you. The bed is a time to sleep.
  5. Allow, allow, allow.  Let life move through you.  Try not to desperately chase your desires, but rather shift your thinking to a place of allowing and receiving.  Don’t hold onto dreams too tightly. You might miss opportunity. I am not saying do not work. I am suggesting work in combination with flow is how life conspires to bring you your greatest fortune!  

You Are Permitted To Do What You Love

You are permitted to do what you love.  It is absolutely OK to change your career if what you are experiencing is unfulfilling and disheartening.  You do not need consent from others to do what you love. It is not flighty or irresponsible to choose a career that brings you joy.  In fact, is could be argued that it’s irresponsible to your sanity to choose a job that brings nothing but displeasure, anguish, maximum stress and mental limitations.

In order to do something exceptionally you have to like what you do.  It is important to your time on this earth to to ensure that you lived your greatest life.  Why not? Often I find that clients may not have a specific “passion”, but what they do know is that they are unhappy with what they are currently doing.  This is an indicator that it’s time to move forward. You may not know what lights your fire, however, it’s just as important to know what is creating dread in your life.  There is no need to “search” for your passion. Following your inner guide will direct you to applying to a position that feels better than what you are currently doing. You intuitively know what feels right.  Searching for a “passion” might create unnecessary stress.

On the flip side, if you are not listening to your calling then perhaps it’s time.  Sometimes when we shift our perception, that horrid job becomes a job that will fund your startup business or pay for that degree you need to enter the field of your desire.  You will know if you are making the right move because you will feel it and obstacles will start to move. Even if you are having fearful thoughts, you will instinctively know you are making a great decision.  You will have a sense of “knowing” and excitement that you are creating the life you want to led.

You will always be guided if you choose to listen to your intuition.  Things evolve and change. Passions may shift, emerge and change. The most important is that we live a life of happiness and going to a job you dread 40 or more hours a week is selling yourself short on well-being.  I am a firm believer that your birthright is joy. Many of us find ourselves working and living with dangerous high levels of stress. You can be very successful and abundantly fulfilled without sacrificing your birthright.

Let Me See This Differently

Have you been in situations in life and at work that have left you in emotional states such as: confusion, desperation, anger, fear, depression to name a few?  Sometimes it seems that we are only looking in one direction unable to see another way, another point of view. We get in alignment of seeing the unpleasant in the unwanted situation.  However, is it possible to be in a situation that is unwanted, but able to navigate the water and flow in another direction allowing a different perspective to arise?

“A trained mind can accomplish nothing” (A Course in Miracles).  If you look at your situation objectively, you realize that living in angst and suffering is not necessary and not expected.  Perhaps you might realize that it is not what life is about. This is the moment to allow another way of being to emerge in you if you are not satisfied.  Allow, allow, allow and ask yourself “Let me see this differently”. When you get in the driver’s seat of your own life you and have control over your thoughts, you have the power.  Not your boss, not your partner, nor your brother or aunt, YOU!

Sure, situations arise, but how do we grow from them not crumble?  Yes, experiences can be challenging and difficult, but how do we stay in a place that our reactions serve our highest good not drag us further to the dark side?  It is crucial to build within you a core that is unshakable. A core that can take that failure because let’s be honest, a failure is an experience not a characteristic trait.  A core that can manage stress, and know that joy is life’s ultimate manifestation of itself.

“Let me see this differently” has been a tool that I have used time and time again in all areas of my life.  It give me the strength to shift my perception and see how to navigate the challenge, fear, sadness, loss etc…Yes, unwanted situations arise in work life and personal life, but we can and must navigate with clarity and grace.