I’ve been there…
A few years ago, I was a stressed-out, high performing Leader in the corporate world where I had spent years building a career I didn’t love by working extensive long hours and neglecting my own self-care and passions all in the name of getting ahead. I was a perfectionist that enjoyed rewards and recognition (code for seeking validation) and I was a chronic worrier – always worrying about things that were beyond my control. After a number of years of living in a perpetual state of auto-pilot mode and failing to question the life I was living, my physical and mental health protested against my neglect and I became besieged with burnout, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
Regrettably, my story is not unique.
Many people find themselves stuck and, in a rut, dissatisfied and unhappy for a myriad of reasons to include:
Perhaps one or several of these reasons are a part of your story – if that is the case, then take heart, you are not alone, many of these reasons were a part of my story too.
The panic attacks and depression I suffered from forced to me recognize that the existence that I had been living was not conducive to a fulfilling and healthy life, and it was with that realisation that I became committed to transforming my health and wellbeing as well as to discovering my purpose. During that period of transformation, I conducted a great deal of soul searching and called myself out on my own BS – the beliefs, behaviours and excuses that I had adopted which had kept me limited, and, gradually with much introspection and time I was able to build a rewarding, fulfilling, healthy life.
When we are in the throes of burn out, anxiety and depression or even inertia and dissatisfaction for that matter, it can be hard to imagine that there is another way to live. Just struggling to hold on to make it through the day can feel like a major challenge, making it extremely difficult to envisage that change is possible - that living a fulfilling, meaningful life is achievable.
I can attest that change is possible – with introspection as well as continuous practice and discipline it is possible to re-program your internal tape from a disempowering to an empowering mindset. It is achievable to build a dream life, whatever that may be for you. It may be living in the Tropics or going back to school to learn a new skill or career, or it may just be acquiring more time to spend with your loved ones.
Whatever your dreams may be, know that they can be reached.
Until next week,