Have you ever wanted to walk away from your big idea but didn’t because of fear of judgment?
I had a big idea in my 10-year-old head that I would become the 24-hour superwoman as defined by Revlon in the 70s. I wanted to bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, take care of my family, and my man while looking amazing.
This idea held its grip on my heart and soul, and it wasn’t until I almost lost my life for it, did I ask myself if that’s what I still wanted. I worked long and hard days at the office, cooked most meals, handled all the cleaning and shopping. I was afraid to ask for help or give up on my idea of doing and having it all, even when I knew it was too much. Everything always had to be perfect.
Then I got very ill, and everything fell apart. I felt like a failure and beat myself up. When I felt better, I tried to do it all again. I became resentful and angry. It just wasn’t worth it.
I quickly realized I was no longer willing to sacrifice for my idea of being the “24-hour perfect woman.” It was too much to keep up the illusion of perfection. I had to give up something and ask for help. I wanted more energy and time for my family. I wanted to feel good when I was with them, which keeping up the illusion did not allow me to do. But I was afraid if I didn’t keep it up, my family would be disappointed, and others would judge me.
Now that’s not to say you shouldn’t work hard for what you want. Most things worth achieving take consistent effort when it comes to achieving your big idea. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. What matters is that you are engaged, enthusiastic, and enjoy the journey.
If you feel disgruntled, depleted, and disconnected while doing what you have to do to make it happen, take it as a sign. It may be time to walk away from your big idea.
3 Signs When to Walk Away from Your Big Idea
You don’t get a pleasurable boost by thinking about your big idea. Every time you think or speak about your big idea, it will make you feel charged and excited. Your big idea never gets lost in the chaos.
You become unhappy just thinking about working on your big idea. If you hate what you’re doing to achieve your idea, then you may want to find another idea. There are things we must do to make our ideas a reality that we may not like. However, if we can’t change the way we feel about what we must do, by accepting the end justifies the means, we must move on, especially when you don’t feel good about what you are doing.
You just don’t have energy, or time, to bring your big idea to life. If when it’s time to work on your big idea you feel like you just don’t have any energy or time to invest in making it a reality, then you may want to find another idea.
Here’s The Deal
We only have a certain amount of time on this earth. It’s important you invest your time in doing things that fulfill, invigorate and bring more meaning to your life. That happens when you are working on a big idea that is going to make a difference for the better in your life. Yes, you will stay up late and wake up early to make your big ideas happen, but you always know all that energy and time is worth it.
I’d love to hear about your experience when you decided to walk away from a big idea for your betterment and how it turned out. Please share your ah-has, comments, questions, and thoughts in the comment section below, or email me at Carmen@WellbeingMessenger.com. I am here for you and I personally read and respond to all of my emails and comments.
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Until next time, live with passion, purpose, and play.
Carmen M. Perez, Your Wellbeing Messenger
Lifestyle Coach for Women in Business
Growth ~ Marketing ~ Performance
Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Mother, Wife, and Lover of Life
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