Busy or Running?

It’s pretty obvious to everyone around me that I’m busy. I’ve been putting in a lot of hours with my clients. I’ve been busy exploring ideas to expand my business.

Lately, I’ve even been telling people about how I’m burning the candles at both ends and taking almost all weekend to recover from the stress. And, when I have a lot of things scheduled on my weekends, it’s even worse because I don’t have any “down” time to relax.

These statements do NOT describe how I prefer to live my life!

Last night I asked myself, “Why?” to clarify why I’m doing what I’m doing.

If you’re not familiar with the 5 Why’s Exercise – here’s my version

  • Ask yourself a question.
  • Whatever the answer is, ask Why again
  • Whatever that answer is, ask Why again
  • When your insides say “AHA!” – that’s when you ask “okay, that’s interesting. So, what am I going to do now?”

Here’s my condensed conversation from last night

Why are you staying so busy? Because I don’t want to be at home

Why don’t you want to be at home? Because it’s quiet and I don’t know what to do with myself without a TV

Why did you give up your TV? Because TV had become a crutch to escape my life

Why do you want to escape your life? Because I’m unhappy

Why are you unhappy? Because my current life does not match what I wanted for myself

ah… so what am I going to do about it?

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