I am not a very emotional person. I don’t “listen to my gut“, I rather tend to over-analyze things and I base my decisions on intellectual reasoning.
That’s why I got most of the important decisions in my life wrong so far!
I have been working at my current job for nearly 10 years now. It has often been an interesting journey, and I sure learned a lot about a whole bunch of stuff. But for years now a feeling grew inside of me which I simply cannot ignore anymore.
Whenever I was unsatisfied with my job, I tried to argue to myself that I should be happy to be where I am… that there are people out there that don’t have a job at all… that there are people who are enduring much worse than what I have to put up with each and every day. But you know what? Knowing that there are worse circumstances than mine doesn’t make me any unhappier!
Don’t get me wrong! It is not that I don’t care about other people’s fate — as a matter of fact, trying to help other people is one of the main reasons why I even started this specific blog in the first place — but the point I am trying to make is this: the best arguments in the world will not discuss your unhappiness away! Either you make a change, or you stay unhappy… forever!
When you try to ignore negative feelings, they tend to grow and get amplified until they are sure to get your attention. They have their ways of surfacing in the worst possible moments, poisoning your thinking and impacting your attitude. You mustn’t let them get this far. Don’t ignore this feeling!
I am currently trying to create another life for myself. During the past decades, I simply went with the flow, never stopping to see where I was heading to. I accepted the general assumptions of my family and my surroundings without any questioning.
Learn (~20 years) → Work (~40 years) → [ Profit (? years) ] → Die.
This is the business plan you get as a teenager. The Profit part is optional, not everyone will get to see it. Is this inspiring to you?
The deeper I delve into the concepts of lifestyle design and entrepreneurship, the more I ask myself how I could continue this far down the road in the wrong direction. I generally consider myself a critical thinker, and somehow I have known for a long time that something was fundamentally flawed, yet I nevertheless went on and lived my life the way others supposed it should be lived. Enough of this!
Do you find yourself in a similar situation? Is a fundamental unhappiness creeping up on you? Is your internal compass indecisive on where you are heading to? Have your core values been shaken? Don’t ignore this feeling! Take action now!
The surprising part is this: the unhappiness that is growing is not caused by your situation, but by the fact that you have not even tried to change it for a prolonged period of time. So, if you do like me and finally take the definitive decision to change the status quo and to push your life into a new direction, this unhappiness will be instantly gone. Sure, you won’t find immediate fulfillment and absolute happiness, but you won’t be miserable about not taking action anymore!