I want to share about a personal struggle through a professional storm that I have never shared publicly.
And I have to tell you, it is a little uncomfortable for me to do this.
Everyone Has A Story
You and I both – every last one of us – have a unique story that is unfolding in our business, work, and life. We may not aware enough to tell it.
But it’s there.
I’m sharing a little of my story to encourage you to step up and take ownership of your own story by getting clear on what you will, and will not, do in 2017.
There are simply too many demands in your pathway that would love to consume however much of your life you’re willing to give.
If you do not have a systematic way of deciding where best to spend your time and attention – you run the risk of a slow leak of both over time.
And then you wake up one morning…
…to a burnout that comes out of nowhere and threatens to run out the door with your sanity in a headlock.
It Happened To Me
I know because it happened to me.
Almost four years ago to the day, I entered one of the most chaotic seasons of my professional life.
I’ll spare you the gory details.
But suffice it to say, I was at the point where I had depleted every last reserve of relational, emotional, mental and spiritual energy I had.
In the course of 48 hours, I made the most abrupt career decision I’ve ever made in my life.
I was in full-time ministry and for the life of me was at wit’s end. I could not continue any longer.
So I left.
The Year From Hell
I had no idea what I was going to do next. I just knew it couldn’t be that.
That was January of 2013.
It was the year from hell in every way possible.
To be honest it extended well beyond just one year.
Very few people around me knew what was up. Which was more than a little awkward.
I spent most of my energy arranging various forms of self-protective facades.
I Needed Help
While I had a faith that anchored my soul, I still needed help.
I needed something to help me order my days toward some kind of meaningful future.
Something substantial enough to move me past all the distracting fears, uncertainties and doubts that would be waiting for me.
It was in this season that a friend introduced me (via email) to Michael Hyatt.
In his work, I found ideals similar to mine. But even more urgently for me, I found actionable insights that gave me decisive handles to hold onto.
They did not calm the storm.
But they allowed me to firmly navigate the storm without losing my grip, losing my heart, or tossing it all for a cocktail.
Professional Storm Training
It’s a topic for another day. Yet I found that when facing one of life’s many storms, we do the equivalent of fighting it as opposed to navigating it.
At the point in time I stopped trying to calm my professional storm, I found the resources within to ride it out.
As I began intentionally applying many of Hyatt’s insights to my work and life, I began to emerge from the fog with a sense of purpose.
I began to concretely reconstruct a life path that would have been missed had I lingered in self-pity, mediocrity, or just an every-two-year-job-hop.
Selling Waffles From The Trunk Of The Car?
Of course, transitions are rarely neat and pretty. I waffled plenty of times.
In fact, I could have sold waffles from the trunk of my car!
Eventually, I was able to formulate a definitive direction with a clear set of goals.
It didn’t matter if the direction would pan out.
It just felt good to be moving again.
If I had not taken the deliberate steps found in 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever through which to order my days, I’d probably still be waffling and wandering as many ‘serial entrepreneurs’ are prone to do.
Some things are worth a little “putting yourself out there” if you are convinced it could help others like it helped you.
I would like to invite you to see for yourself the principles that helped give me my bearings during a professional storm.
You can find them by going to 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever.
Take a quick look for yourself.
Most importantly, do something now to prepare for the inevitable personal and professional storms that lay ahead.
Because all of us will need good navigation tools when those times come.
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