Many of us are quick to answer the question “Are you really enjoying your life?” with a “Yes.” But if you really stop to think about it, is it really true?
In 2013 I found myself stressed beyond belief. The business that I was a partial owner in was not doing well. We were struggling to outdo the competition. It kept me up at night.
Deep down I knew we were doing the right thing and giving it 110% every single day, but I couldn’t keep myself from stressing about it.
In 2014 I hit my breaking point. I was ready to get out of the business. I no longer wanted to be involved in this because it was consuming my life. Not to mention, I was getting emails 24/7 (on my phone) and the sales I was generating were never enough for me.
Toward the end of 2015 came across this passage of scripture,
There is nothing better for a person than to eat, drink, and enjoy his work. I have seen that even this is from God’s hand.
After reading it, I immediately paused. I PAUSED. This was the first time in many years that I had even taken a second to think about my life and my business.
I started asking myself some big questions:
- When was the last time I took a break to enjoy life?
- When was the last time I stopped being “busy” to serve other people?
- Do I enjoy the work I’m in or do I hate it?
In this moment, I had a paradigm shift.
I was defining myself by the wrong things in life… My work didn’t need to be my identity. I needed to give it all I had, but then leave it at the office. I needed breaks to enjoy life and to help others enjoy their lives more.
My life completely changed at this moment. All of my stress was gone, I didn’t take work so seriously and I actually started ENJOYING the job again. Instead of dreading Monday’s, I looked forward to them.
It wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but things did change for the better all around.
Years later, the business ended up doing better than it ever had in previous years and we received an incredible offer to sell it.
The only thing that changed was my mindset about my job and my life. I started enjoying it more than ever before and logging those moments.
CALL TO ACTION:
If you’re serious about living your best life and want to answer my original question, “Are You REALLY Enjoying Your Life?” with a resounding, YES. the below episode of the Creating a Brand podcast is for you.