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February 2014

Tune Into You

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We live in a “go go go!” world and often don’t get much time to slow down. But our propensity to take advantage of this 24-7 lifestyle we’ve grown accustomed to has be at the detriment of our health, happiness and sanity. We rarely sit in silence and listen to what’s going on with us – our bodies, our minds, our spirits. Maybe it’s time to connect with the you that you’ve always wanted to be.

We all need time to reflect, and I’m not just talking about on what everyone else in your life needs. Yes, your kids need you to root them on at their soccer game. Your aging parents need you to be there at that important doctor’s appointment. And your friends need you for moral and emotional support that only you can give them.

But what about you? We often place other people’s wants before our own needs. Consistently placing others before ourselves only sets us up for burnout. You can’t truly help anyone if your own tank is on empty.

Maybe this has something to do with all those ailments you’re experiencing. I’ve noticed in my own financial practice that most people who are out of alignment have some sort of physical sign alerting them. Whether it be cancer, excess weight, migraines or lower back pain, the majority of the physical ailments we experience can be traced back to a specific need we aren’t fulfilling for ourselves.

We rarely listen to our bodies in an authentic way. There are many hacks on fixing problems quickly. Got a headache? Take an aspirin! Tired? A few shots of espresso will do the trick. No time for lunch? Head to the nearest fast food place. These aren’t solutions; they’re cover-ups. We reach for the quick fixes to save time; unfortunately, it’s at the expense of our health.

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It’s time to reconnect with our bodies. Don’t just mask issues with whatever you can get your hands on the fastest. When you experience those little aches and pains, don’t rush to cover them up. Stop and listen. Maybe you’re dehydrated or need a recharge. Numbing your symptoms will only work for so long before burnout sets in. Instead of letting it get that far, be proactive and start to disconnect from the things you know aren’t helping to heal you.

I know it’s difficult for us to unplug. Silence is uncomfortable, and stepping away from our iPhone’s (even for a few minutes) can seem unreasonable. But spend time over the next week taking a step back. Turn off the television, put away your electronics and find a few moments to meditate. Taking care of you will help you see what you truly need to feel and perform your best.

Define Your Life

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We’ve all met this person: all they can talk about is their professional life. How busy they are at work. Their latest promotion (or their quest to get one). Their job title. All of us know someone who is defined by their job. Sometimes, this person is a lot closer than we think.

It’s us. Does your job define who you are?

It’s quite easy to get caught up in the career trek; we do spend the majority of our waking hours working. And when we’re not working, we’re thinking about work. Stressing about work. Wondering if a work project will get approved. Hoping our boss doesn’t give us a bad performance review. Wishing our work paid us more but too afraid to go out there and ask for it.

The thing about letting your job be your definition is this: the money you make from it now dictates your life. You must start to unplug from a job you don’t want – yet defines you – and begin to search for a job that will nourish your authentic self.

That nourishment will be a tough thing to digest in the beginning. We all know change is hard, especially when you see the effects of that change can sometimes start out as negative. But in order to make that jump, you have to commit to adjusting more than just one area of your life. True development happens when you know the logic behind the deviation. Find your compelling reason to change, and shift to a job that aligns more with who you really are.

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So how do we get from point A to point B? First, you must have a serious time of reflection focusing on what you truly want. What is your new job? You must determine what that job looks like, feels like and sounds like. You also must consider how you want your day to play out. Is sitting behind a desk working in a stable environment with bouts of creativity here and there your dream? Seek that out. Or do you want to have a more entrepreneurial role in a company (maybe your own company) that allows you to work more organically throughout your week?

What it comes down to is your priorities and choices; your job must fit into the life you envision for yourself. What you do for a living isn’t everything. Your job is a part of the bigger picture. It can either be a way to further express your creativity, your passion or your life’s work. On the other hand, it could be a way to fund the other things in your life that are more meaningful to you than work. Whatever your choose, know that your job title doesn’t define who you are at your core. You are defined by who you are and not what you do for a living.

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