Weekly Rant

Can I have your permission to tell you the truth?  Don’t judge me too hard – I just want you to learn from my experience.

I got burned out for a few months – in fact, Feb-June really stressed me out with business stuff.  I was worrying about everything and my health and my business really tanked.  I took no time to recharge and it was just go go go and I ended up just going through the motions.

It got bad.  I was spread too thin.  I had a change in staff and I took on their jobs as best as I could.

The stress made me lose sleep.  It made it really hard to wake up.  I was not happy, I was short with my kids, and it was clear I lost my way.

How about you?  Does any of this sound familiar?

I’m not sure where you are in life.  If you overcame this or are still stuck.  If you keep reading, you’ll find out what I did.

Do you swerve or slowly course correct?

Let’s say you’re driving and you hit the rumble bars on the side of the road.  Do you swerve hard or slowly move back onto the road.photo-1468386150076-13c9d6fff68b (800x533)

Most of us would slowly course correct.  However, in real life this feels pretty frustrating since we don’t have instant success after getting off track.  Changes in diet, mindset, weight, all take time versus instant success.  Prepare yourself for frustration of not having instant gratification – especially when everything that would deter you from your goals is often instantly gratifying (Netflix, fast food, porn, sleeping in).

The key is to take small daily steps.  That’s all I did.  I made a list of all the things that I KNEW I needed to do each day, then I asked myself what things I would do no matter what (it took the list down a bit, but I had my list of “Must be done” versus “would like to”.

Change is inside out.

I had to first decide to make the change.  Then I had to prepare my environment (more on that later), and then finally, I got my schedule broken down that that I scheduled priorities first and others last.

I really block scheduled out running the business (frustration) vs. time with clients (my passion) and then time/activities for my loved ones (cooking breakfast, reading bedtime stories, calls, emails, etc).  Instead of trying to multi-task, I got really focused at one activity at a time.  No more distracted daddy time, and no more fitting in conquering taxes between patient visits.

Your World will Resist this change.

Technology, time will all want to push you back onto the rumble bars.  The kids, spouse, work will love your changes someday, but not right away.  I trust you to keep taking that daily step.  I did and now I’ve lost already 35 pounds since my birthday, my business stats are rising, and my relationships are coming back around.  Not an overnight change, but a steady one.

You’re not alone.