Welcome to Episode 3 of Work You Love!
Today’s question comes from Kristie, who asks:
What if you realize you’ve made all the wrong decisions in all aspects of your life and now find yourself deep in a hole and can’t climb out because you’ve lost all hope, passion, talents, joy, confidence and years but still have responsibilities needing your attention and other people you have to please? What if you’re the kind of person who has to have a fool proof, step-by-step plan to get back on track so no more time slips away?
What an important (and rich) question!
Here’s my take on what to do if you’re feeling hopeless:
I hope this video post gives you a start in terms of new ideas to help you access more hope, energy and vitality so you can bring about the changes you desire.
When you’re feeling hopeless, the key to breakthrough is to find a way to reconnect to what brings you joy and vitality, and to be encouraged to remember all that you have to offer the world and your community, even if right now you’re struggling to be of service in the way you want to. All is not lost or wasted – you will be able to connect the dots and figure it out. But first, you have to restore yourself.
For two helpful resources, check out my book Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide To Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose, and the great book When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chödrön, the world-renowned ordained Buddhist nun, author and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. I find great comfort, solace and wisdom in her work.
Find someone who believes in you wholeheartedly who can see the future vision of you “before it’s hatched,” and ask them for help. We can’t solve these problems on the level they were created. Now’s the time to reach out for support from a friend, mentor, spiritual adviser, or coaching buddy to help you remember how important, valuable, and needed you are in the world!
And today’s most important tip: Start pleasing yourself!
Thank you for watching Work You Love, and wishing you many happy breakthroughs!
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