It started with a guided meditation.
Even now I get some odd responses when I tell people that I resigned from the company I founded in 2005.
So how did this come about? In 2014, each of The Johnson Group team went through the Heart Strategy visioning exercise. This involved a guided meditation during which it became blindingly obvious that my future did not involve me working in the business day-to-day.
For the past 2 years I’d been working part-time as a way of maintaining my mental well-being. But why would I want to stop being involved in my own business on a daily basis?
Firstly, my anxiety levels had been high for months. Prolonged anxiety is detrimental both mentally and physically and I knew I needed to get the stress hormones under control if I didn’t want to end up with lasting consequences.
Secondly, I do my best work when I am generating and testing new ideas. As an entrepreneur, that’s about finding a place where my creativity and ingenuity can flourish.
But it was months later before I plucked up the courage to talk to anyone about making the change. Even then I don’t think any of us really believed that it would happen.
The Day My Chickens Came Home to Roost
The final decision was practically taken out of my hands. On a sunny day while walking across town I had a massive anxiety attack unlike any other I had experienced previously.
As I walked through town, a wave of destructive energy surged through my body. How can I describe it? It was like being wired on 100 espresso while riding a roller-coaster through my worst nightmare. It really scared me.
So that was the day I finally gave myself permission to act on my lingering decision. If I was going to get back my old energy and drive, then I needed to make significant changes to my life.
And if I was to practice my values of integrity and authenticity, I could no longer turn up to the office every day and pretend I was okay.
So what had been stopping me? I thought there would be significant impact on the team; people would need to assume greater responsibility and then there was the potential impact on our brand.
But as they say – no one is indispensable and today the business is thriving.
Making the decision was hard enough. Acting on it was excruciating. But it’s been amazingly worthwhile. I am healthier, happier and more energized. I am meeting new people, learning new skills, being challenged and testing new ideas everyday.
Lean On Others
You can’t lead a successful life when your internal road map is a mashup of bottlenecks and dead ends.
From my experience, removing blockages and forging a new pathway is much easier with support from others.
My latest inspiration comes from Danielle Laporte, who unlike many other self-help celebrities; laughs at herself, packs a punch and says it like it is. Danielle’s advice is simple.
Work out what you desire and how you want to feel. Then give yourself permission to do the things that elicit those feelings, every day!
(You can check out her full library of free articles, audios, downloads, and multimedia encouragement on www.daniellelaporte.com.)
So how do you want to feel?
If there are things in your life that you really don’t enjoy, or your work is harming your health, then you owe it to yourself to make the decisions that will create a life that inspires – you!
Don’t wait until it’s too late! You are doing no-one a favour.
I’d love to know what you’re doing today to create the feelings that will bring you closer to your desires. Please drop me a comment below.
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