Who understands that stress may be preventing you from moving forward in life?
For the past two months, I've been really stressed out. I believe that every entrepreneur goes through this in life where we just begin to question what we are doing. You begin to question if what we are doing is something that we can do for the next 5-15 years. I begin to feel like that I didn't have time to enjoy things and I should just go and get a “regular” job.
This stress was challenging all areas of my life, from my relationship to my overall energy levels. I got to the point that I just didn't want to be around anyone at all. I didn't feel like going to the gym, Whole Foods to grocery shop, or anything else for that matter. Usually, I am a happy, get up and go kind of person, but I had fallen into a bit of a funk. I'm not perfect all of the time, but I felt I was having a more difficult time pulling myself out of this pit. This had been going for several months and I finally decided to hire someone.
I hired him because I needed to get some help and treatments done on my body since I was preparing for a marathon, but it ended up being the biggest blessing because it helped me in a lot of ways. He gave me this large survey to fill out and evaluate myself. He looked at everything from my stress to what I was doing physically to my workload. He combined all of this information and he tailored my diet and exercise around this. He cut back a lot of what I was doing because he and I both realized that with me doing all of the things that I am doing professionally with my business and me trying to schedule all of this work to train for this upcoming marathon I was way overloaded and too stressed. I started removing things off of my plate, eliminating the stressors in my life and it is amazing how quickly things turned around for me. I have found my motivation again to put up content without feeling forced to do so and motivated to conquer other things that I had been putting off.
I want to challenge each of you today that you are going through something similar and feel like you aren't making the progress you desire, your motivation is slipping and you can't get yourself out of the pit, take a second, evaluate everything in your life that you are currently doing, break it down day by day if you have to and ask yourself, “am I currently doing too much?” Are there things that you can scale back on? Sometimes you have to scale back on things in order to move forward.
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