Are You Empty?

Feb 18, 2023

You are not the only one. 

In fact you are in the company of many right now who are all poured out.  

Empty.  Depleted.  Burned out.  A robot going through the motions. Stuck.

I was there.  And it wasn’t that long ago.  

It was a really helpless feeling trying to figure out what to do next, but feeling like I was stuck where I was and nothing was going to change.

The mountain before me just seemed way too tall.  And so I didn’t even try to climb it.  And if you know me and my past, that was a significant decision.

I stayed where I was.  Stuck.  It was almost easier that way.  I started expecting less of myself as I believed my reality.  I became my reality.  

But I took another look at the mountain in front of me.  The mountain of getting unstuck and moving forward.  And I remembered something powerful I had learned from my guide when I was climbing a mountain several years ago.  

He told me that I needed to remember that I wouldn’t climb the mountain in a day.  It would take us several days to get to the top.  And that it was important to take it at a slow and steady pace.  

And with those words, the mountain went from being really tall to being something I could do. 

So when I found myself stuck in robot mode, I remembered these words.  And I looked at the mountain I was facing to get my life back.  To rediscover some joy.  To stop living like a robot.  

I got busy developing a plan with my mentor.  

I first looked at what the life I wanted would actually entail.  I defined success for myself, my family, and my business.

And I asked this question- What were some small but significant steps I could take each day to get closer to the life I wanted.

A mountain can be extremely tall and seem like it is too tall. 

But if we make decisions and take steps to get 1% closer to the summit each day we will reach it.  And we will discover along the way that we are stronger than we thought.  

I got out of robot mode.  But it didn’t happen overnight.  I tried to get 1% better each day.  Some days I failed or fell backwards a little.  But I kept moving forward.  I kept my eyes on the summit. I stuck with the small but significant steps.  I didn’t let discouragement detour my resolve. 

I kept talking to my mentor.  I didn’t climb alone.   And I reached the summit.  Slow and steady progress.  Compounded over time got me there.  And prepared me for if I start to slide back to robot mode.

I don’t know where you are right now, but if you are feeling burned out, as I was, it’s ok.  Name it!  And if you need a little extra help, check out my free, 5-day challenge to Knock Back Burnout here.  

There is hope my friends!  One day at a time.  And, as always, #WINtheNOW


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