Fear and Loathing in Las Workplace
It's Friday and work is over! The weight on your shoulders and stress in your head begin to melt away. But that lowly Sunday is just around the corner. Sunday morning doesn't feel so bad but as time ticks by the weight and stress of Monday slowly creep in. By Sunday night you can't get to sleep. Maybe a dose of sleeping pills or alcohol help? Sunday night sleep is interrupted by panic attacks that pop your eyes wide open as your lung’s spasm in a panicked breath. When the alarm clock finally sounds, you're not well rested, you consider calling in but you've done that a few too many times this year. It's inevitable, you must do what you don't want to do all day long surrounded by people you may loathe.
At work, time screeches to a halt. Your 8 or 10 hour day creeps by like a snail crawling over salt. It’s painful, adrenaline causes your heart to race, your armpits drop cold sweat down your side. Your ability to think or plan are gone. Breathing becomes a physical labor that you must work at. Each breath is a plunge into the deep black waters of the unknown to drown, to wallow, to spin out of control. And it's just Monday! By the end of the day you are spent. No energy, no will, all motivation to do the things you want have been squeezed out of you. Food, alcohol and TV get you through the rest of the day while the nightmare of the alarm clock in the morning begins to build. You should not spend half of your waking hours Monday through Friday feeling like this. There has GOT to be a better way. And guess what? There is!
Of course, change (real change) can be as elusive as Bigfoot. Regardless, the path forward, the path to a more fulfilling experience in your day to day grind begins now. If you're still here reading, if you're still with me, that's one small step towards a destination that is worth fighting for. So where to begin, when you have an infinite number of paths before you? Your options are literally infinite. If your path is wake up, go to work, go home, eat, drink, sleep and do it again, that is a choice you made. Now it probably feels more like a rut you are in and see no way out of. I promise you the rut is a circumstance you manage. You must own all your circumstances in your life. Yes all, every single last one. Until you realize this and own your circumstances, change will not be possible. I understand that life never stops happening, tragedies at times pile up on top of each other and there's nothing you can do to control the play button. There is no pause, no fast forward and no rewind. But how you deal with all circumstances, how you approach them and react to them is all you. You already own 100% of the most sought after precious real estate on planet earth, it's sitting inside your head. This is where all real change begins. You have the tool to make massive change happen, you were born with it. My next blog dives into our heads and sheds some light on how we're wired to assume the worst-case scenario although it rarely if ever happens. Click over to The Planet of the Ape Mind to continue digging into our minds and overcome the ape.
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