The Whole-Body Entrepreneur Learning Objective: To understand what is possible if you nurture the whole you.
You’ve tried to practice a regular self-care routine so many times. You’ve booked a day at the spa, or taken the day off to go to the beach. You’ve started to eat more healthily. You joined a gym. Yet here you are, back with the same old habits.
Why can’t we stop?
It all boils down to two things:
When we create habits born of distraction and overwhelm, we make neural pathways that are fatally easy to follow. And follow them we do.
There’s another basic human tendency at play too. We don’t like to force ourselves to do things that bore us, stress us or make us feel overwhelmed. The neural pathways we create are pleasant ones – or at least easy to slide down.
So why beat your head against the wall, trying to “force” yourself to take the thorny, unpleasant paths? Answer: You shouldn’t! At least, not blindly.
Tasks that seem dreary, dull, stressful, overwhelming, or too demanding feel that way for a reason. Your job is to figure out that reason and decide what action to take: NOT force yourself to do the task! When you get out of that well-worn “guilt/evasion” pattern and take an objective look at the problem, it becomes easier to weight your thinking towards a better solution. If a task feels stressful, there’s a reason.
Whenever we take a non-productive, self-sabotaging ‘easy way’ out, we are usually operating out of guilt or emotion. But it’s no real solution to force yourself to do tasks that drain you: First, you need to:
If you don’t take charge of your feelings and lose the guilt, your brain shortcuts. It jumps right over the logic of the situation, slides right over the realities, and crawls into a familiar, pleasant hole to hide.
Awareness and acknowledgment are the first steps to stopping this dis-empowering slide.
STEP TWO: SEVEN SIGNS OF BURNOUT YOU NEED TO TAKE SERIOUSLY
How can you tell when you are on the fast track to burnout? The signs are different for everyone, but there are seven common ones you shouldn’t ignore– particularly if you are experiencing three or more of the following effects:
If you feel you are always “on the clock” or “on duty” – if you can’t relax without a compulsion to check your mobile or go finish a task – then you are skating on the dark side of burnout. So, what are you going to do about this? Next up, we will discuss (Step 3) "Six SIGNS OF STRESS" how to defuse it and (Step 4) "What To
Do When Success Keeps Slipping From Your Fingers"
Much Love & Success Suzanne