It can feel as if someone has pressed the fast-forward button on the last 10 years, never mind the last 12 months.
Have you ever turned up at work for what feels like the bajillionth time and started to question how did all of your decisions in life lead to this?!
40+ hour weeks, 6am alarm clocks (f you’re lucky you can get a sneaky lie in, but it’s rare), 2-4 weeks holiday a year (if you even manage to take all of it because of staff shortages, too much work to do, last minute projects), barely getting to see your loved ones because you’re always at work, feeling guilty if you’re ever off sick, even though you honestly feel like you’re at death’s door, cramming all of the fun parts of your life into Friday night, Saturday and Sunday…
Be honest, do you feel like you could have written some or all of that list? Do you even recall making the decisions that got you to that point?
I actually don’t remember at all, all I do remember is thinking I must get a job when I left university and the rest is history. Here we are!
Suddenly you find yourself in this job you thought you wanted when you started out, but actually you don’t now because it’s just not ‘you’ anymore.
Some days you accept that ‘this is it’ for you and other days all you want to do is either scream, cry or retreat back to the comfort of your bed and pretend it’s not happening.
No point figuring it out now, right?
The longer you leave it the worse you will feel and the more difficult it will seem to do what you need to do, which is quit sticking your head in the sand and face it head on.
Opportunity will present itself when you make the decision that you are in control of your future. You’re either choosing to be a passenger or you’re in the driving seat. Which is it?
Have faith in yourself that you know what is best for you. Trust your instincts. Stop telling yourself things are ok because you know deep down they’re not.
The longer you ignore your inner voice, your inner guide, the more likely it is you’ll lose yourself and the less likely it is you’ll ever escape.
Stop thinking you HAVE to work this job. Tell yourself you have a choice, you can leave at any point and trust me it will feel like a relief. The decisions and choices you have made so far in life have got you here, sure.
Start making decisions based on what YOU really WANT and how you want to FEEL, and not based on what you think you should do.
I wish I’d had someone to talk to that understood, that had lived that same situation and found a way out. I wish I’d never felt like I had to do it all by myself.
Fortunately for you, I’ve lived that life. I know EXACTLY how you feel. I also know if you leave doing anything about it just another minute longer you will slip back into autopilot.
Starting 2018 knowing you’ve already started a new chapter is priceless.
I genuinely believe you’ll make the right choice because you’re done feeling like you’ve made the wrong ones. Life on your terms is only a conversation away.
If you’d like some help switching from autopilot to manual and need to figure out what your next steps are when it comes to your job, you’ll be most welcome in my free community.