Forgive me, blogosphere, for I have sinned.
The last few weeks I've been ranting about taking steps back to re-evaluate ourselves and what we're doing. I wrote about just “being” instead of “doing” all the time, and before that I wrote about perfectionism and the curse of “go big or go home”.
And last week, my good friend Jenny Blake wrote a post entitled “My Sandboxed Life” where she confesses that her overachievement is getting to her and she wants to slow down (by the way, the “friend” she mentions that told her she was a “house of cards waiting to crumble”? Yeah, that was me).
So, here I am, blahbidy, blah, blah. Telling all of you in the blogosphere the importance of slowing down for your own sanity and little ol' me has a to-do list 17 miles long. Yes, I said it. I am a….
But, in my own defense, and the point of this post, is that I didn't even know it was happening. Let me explain.
I've learned some things about my own negative self talk, or saboteur (remember mine? She's a real bitch). In most cases, this talk is blatantly negative, saying things like, “You can't do this, you suck at that, you're stupid”, etc. Since I've done a pretty good job at recognizing these voices and putting a lid on it, my bitch of a gremlin has evolved and gotten smarter. Since she knows she can't trap me that way, she's flipped it around and disguises herself as ambition. She makes ridiculous demands, plays the comparison game and has no patience for compromise. None. (P.S. I talk about her in the third person because it helps me decipher those words from my true self . I know it sounds like I hear voices, but I'm really not schizophrenic. Er, at least I don't think I am). My own coach gave me a homework assignment a couple weeks back that entailed me sitting down and making a list of things not to-do, but what I've done in the last year. I finally did it, and was astounded at how long and kick-ass it was. It made me realize that if I can't sit back and be proud of myself for accomplishing all that I've done, what's the point it wearing myself out for it? It's okay to slow down and celebrate once in a while. To look at how far I've come, and sometimes, to confess that I screw up. So, with that, I pull up my big girl panties and carry on.
I can't tell you what a relief it's been to realize this and put things off. I don't know why I see women entrepreneurs that have been in business for 10+ years and think I need to be that. Tomorrow. How ridiculous! I was reminded this week by Jennifer Powter that moms starting a business with small children live in dog years. What takes most people 1 day may take us a week. It's frustrating, and as a recovering type a/perfectionist person, I can tell you that irritates the shit out of me.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go get my professional juggling certification.