What? Me worry?
Boy, did I feel better after I realized recently sometimes you just have to say “enough is enough!” I never get stressed, No idea why. Well, maybe a little. It’s mostly my personality, but I’ve learned over the years that stressing over things I can’t control does nothing but make me miserable. It certainly doesn’t change anything. I can remember an occasion, one that could have been life-changing for the worst, where I just had to give it up or go nuts; since then, I almost never stress out over things. This is a lot about me but hang in there. I do have a point for you at the end.
I’ve been in real estate for twelve years, part-time, on the side, full-time, some-time. I’ve never done it hardcore to the point of having no free time because I didn’t want to be consumed with it. A couple of years ago, I started in with a very nice clothing direct sales company. As expected, it took work. And time. A LOT of time. As time went by, it became all-consuming of my time in several ways. Long story short, about four months ago, I quit that business. Enough was enough.
But I still wanted to do a home-based biz, besides just real estate. About two months later, I stumbled across something entirely new to me, and I fell in love! It’s handmade bath and body products. The more I researched, the more I loved it, and the more products I found! Scrubs, lip balms, polishes, butters, lotions, bars, soaps, shampoos, bath bombs, fizzes, salts, …! Every type of product has countless (and I mean countless!) variations of ingredients, scents, colors, uses,… Then you get to choose between organic ingredients only, natural ingredients only, safe manmade ingredients mixed with the others, sustainable ingredients only, …
Next, you have to think about packaging, websites, online stores, payments,…Throw on top of all those things, there are legal things to be mindful of. You don’t want the IRS or the FDA dropping by to say “hello”!
Stop the World. I Want to Get Off!
In the first week of December, I realized I was stressing myself out big time by trying to do too much in too short a time. I finally told myself to stop. I gave myself permission to slow down. In fact, I quit almost everything. I realized I had wound myself back up and was focusing on nothing but the new biz. Right back where I had been with the other business.
By giving myself permission to get off the hamster wheel, I’ve been so much happier. I’ve been able to think smarter about what I want out of the business and how to do it better. Most importantly, I was able to enjoy the month of December and all the days leading up to Christmas.
Lesson learned is sometimes you just have to say “enough is enough!” It’s not always easy. You might not be able to turn loose of as many things as I did, but you can turn loose of some. Decide what is truly important to your happiness. Delegate. Eliminate. Take care of yourself. You’ll never look back and say you wish had stressed out more over things you didn’t really need to worry about or that you wish you had taken on more things for work or for volunteering at the expense of time with your family and friends or your health. You know what’s important to you. You need to take the plunge and say, “Enough is enough!”