Are You at the End of Your Rope?
It has been just one of THOSE weeks. It seems as though everything I have tried to do has had some form of glitch attached to it. Things that I thought should have taken me very little time have taken me hours to do.
It’s very time consuming working, running into a brick wall, trying to move the brick wall, and then continuing on with the task. And all the while I’m fixing problems, my regular work continues to pile up so that I need a ladder to look over it.
My computer has worked exceptionally well for two years, but this week, it has had one problem after another. There have been times when I just wanted to unplug it and heave it somewhere!
In addition to my home business, I work full-time, and pressures at work have increased as well this past week. Because of how I’m feeling, I exceptionally sensitive at home, so my family is bugging me too.
I was to the point a couple of days ago where I just wanted to shut everything down, forget I had ever started a home business, and walk away. The pressure was building so high inside of me, I thought I was going to blow up!
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Have you been feeling this way lately too? Then perhaps what helped me will help you also.
1) Take a step back.
Sometimes when I’m involved in an undertaking, I get tunnel-vision, and what I’m working on is all I can see. I wasn’t getting any break. I would work all day, come home, eat, and head to my home office for several hours. I had to take a step back and leave the computer for a while and do something totally different. My body was in shock for a little bit, but it quickly adjusted to the different activities.
2) Get some rest.
With deadlines confronting me both at work and at my home business, I felt like I was constantly on the go. I would work at night until I couldn’t see my computer screen any more, go to bed, and get up early the next morning to go to my day job. I had to stop working early enough so I could unwind before trying to go to sleep. It was amazing how much better I felt after getting a good night’s sleep.
I was telling a couple of friends of mine all about my woes, they began to give me incredibly silly, outrageous solutions to my problems. They had me laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my face. By the time I had regained my composure, I was able to realize that my problems are really no different from anyone else’s. I am not singled out as a cosmic target. This is just a rough season for me that will end.
4) Take a look at priorities.
I found that I was spinning my wheels focusing on many little tasks that had a low cost:benefit ratio. I was putting in a lot of work on these tasks, but seeing very little in return. So I cut a lot of these inconsequential items from my “to do” list, which freed up my time to focus on more profitable tasks.
5) Re-evaluate goals.
When I was ready to throw in the towel, a little voice inside my head convinced me to think back on the reasons why I started my home business in the first place. As I went down my list again, I felt myself getting re-motivated to hang in there and keep going.
I think the most important thing to remember is that all of us go through ups and downs in life and in business. Our circumstances are constantly in motion. Nothing ever stays the same. If you’re going through a hard time, hang on, an upswing is just around the corner.
As the saying goes, when you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Success comes to those who ride out the highs and lows and stick with their dreams, never giving up.
Sharon Dalton Williams is the author of “How to Succeed and Live a Full
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