Happy New Year! And welcome back to your routine of things. I know for myself, when the first Monday after the new year arrives, I automatically tell myself with a big fat sigh, “back to the daily grind”.
This is the first year, though, that I stopped myself in this thought, because honestly, I don’t’ think of my work life as a “grind”. I actually love what I do! So why did this come up for me yesterday, the first Monday of January?
A few minutes of digging brought me back to my teaching days when I relished the two weeks off around Christmas. Granted, I always loved the holidays, filled with sparkly, bright and shiny things, and good smells. But what I REALLY loved was a break from a job that I didn’t love, that I didn’t even really like. I would head back to work with such dread and the “post-holiday blues”, hence I was back to the daily grind.
Somewhere along the way I obviously realized that life was too short to be in a career I disliked, but that thought apparently stuck with me, even today. And that’s the thing about our programmed beliefs. We only THINK we are “over it”. Shit, I haven’t been confined to a classroom since 2004. One would think that my brain would have caught up to my current status. But it doesn’t work that way.
And the big truth is that my programming goes even deeper. My “daily grind” thought isn’t just from my teaching career. It goes waayyyyy back to listening to my parents talk about how being self-employed is hard, and how it is much better to just work for someone else and get a steady paycheck.
Well, working for someone else makes me feel trapped and suffocated. So if I believe this is the only way to make a living, then I am relenting to a work life of misery.
I am fortunately in a place where I am vastly aware of how the childhood message surrounding my career has impacted my decisions and choices over the years. And to be honest, it is still affecting me today more than I would like to admit, so I know I have a bit of re-writing to do.
The good news is that these automatic beliefs CAN BE CHANGED. You are not stuck with them for eternity. You have the power to become aware of whatever thoughts are holding you back, shift your perspective, and finally take steps that support your new beliefs.
Something I do love about a new year is that on a greater level it symbolizes a fresh start. I get giddy about the first entry in my new Desire Map planner. I get refreshed over doing some purging of items I no longer need for 2016. I get motivated and energized by the intentions I know are possible for myself this next year.
What does 2016 have in store for you? What are some of the messages you need to purge in order to be refreshed and ready for all the possibilities?
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