Stretched Too Thin?
Burn out sucks. Sure, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away”, but only if you are choosing it from passion, from being so fired up about it that you never want to stop, from feeling like you are living the life you were meant to live. I can’t really fault that line of reasoning because I’m a creative living activist (subscribe to my podcast if you’re curious about that). Living from creative passion and letting it consume you has far more appeal to me than watching people fade away in a cloud of remorse or regret over things they never tried.
What does suck is when you devote a lot of time and energy to something that serves no meaningful purpose for you that detracts from your well-being. You could be spending that time and energy on something that makes you come alive.
Why Are You Doing It?
Of course you do things because you need to make money, or care for loved ones, but what about the other stuff? You know, the things you do out of a sense of obligation or to not rock the boat or to please others or to feel important or needed. Do you give yourself time to do things that serve your soul or your own physical self? Do you let yourself do things that make you happy?
Sometimes it’s all you can do to go to work and accomplish the bare minimum in the rest of your life. Is there a way to make the work part a more positive experience so that you have more energy for living outside of it?
Gaining Clarity on Purpose Makes Everything Fall Into Place.
‘Falling into place’ doesn’t mean perfect. That means that instead of being buried in it, you have a bird’s-eye view. It doesn’t matter what it is that you are doing, being clear about the purpose it serves for you goes a long way towards feeling more empowered and having more energy to explore other avenues. It also makes it a lot easier to let go of things that no longer serve a purpose for you and that may be holding you back from better things on the horizon.
Are you interested in pursuing this line of thought a bit more? Try out the 7-Day Challenge…Day 2 is Purpose: Why Am I Doing This?