Have you ever experienced feelings of inadequacy in your work place? Have you gone above and beyond in your role only for it to be met with silence? No raise, no recognition just a lot of sacrifice and giving away of your passion and ideas. Are you drained due to the lack of work/life balance? Dying a slow creative death? If you answered yes to any of these questions it may be time for a change.
Change is hard; some meet it with open arms and others shun the idea of doing something different. The key to taking the leap is to just do it! Yes, it is easier said than done but what in life is ever easy? It is easy to stay in the same unhealthy environment because you know yourself there. You know that you will dread going to work day after day and complain about it; you know you will see your family in passing. You know that vacation you were planning in your head will never happen because everything else takes precedence. You know that you can expect to feel an array of non-happy emotions in that place because it’s familiar.
How is it we allow ourselves to become creatures of habit? Who made it law that we have to do the same thing everyday? Get up go to work, go home eat dinner go to bed and do it all over again. I don’t know about you, but I notice when I am in autopilot, time passes without my permission. The days become blurs and sometimes I don’t even remember if I ate or peed that day.
In our profession we are here to inspire, heal, create and give it all away. But what about you? when do you come first? I think putting ourselves first proves to be difficult at times. You may have little ones that depend on you, a family you are responsible for or a staff that can’t breathe without your lead. You may work in a salon where you are the only person preventing the ship from sinking. That is some heavy *** if you ask me.
The load we carry on a daily is enough to make any person burn out! Burning out doesn’t mean you’re weak and should give up. It means you need to reevaluate. Make some adjustments, whether minor or major, start small. Don’t rush. Sit down with yourself and find out what is adding to your glory as well as your grief.
Happiness is not a destination it is the bi-product of all we do daily! It comes from the goals we set and achieve, the breeze that graced your face on that beautiful summer day, the book you read that totally related to your current life and left you inspired. The smile you received from the cute baby in the grocery store. There are so many moments we take for granted because we are in a rat race to do the same thing day in and day out. I encourage you to take the leap. The worse that can happen is you’ll have to take another one! Failure is a state of mind not a way of life.
The road from here definitely won’t be a breeze but it will be worth it!
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