Six Ways To Escape The Rat Race – Finding The Exit Door
- Do you feel like you are constantly trying to keep up with someone?
- Are you scurrying, and hustling about endlessly from one thing to the next?
- Do you continually feel stressed out? Are you trying to prove your worth through accomplishment?
- Are you constantly trying to achieve perfection?
- Do you find you have a good work/life balance?
- Do you feel like despite all the crazy chaos, you might not be making a difference?
You, my friend, are most likely participating in a never-ending cycle called the “rat race.” Very simply, the rat race is what we humans jump into when we are moving at a non-stop pace to prove our worth.
It’s time to stop the rat race. Now, before you determine that working your 9-5 job has you in the rat race, take an analysis of everything. Yes, I also want you making your living at your online business, but if you don’t set yourself up for success, you won’t get there.
Leaving the rat race isn’t easy, but taking these steps can help you know where to exit.
Ask Yourself: Why are you so busy?
Evaluate what is taking up your time. Go through your last month and make a list of your activities and the time you spend. Determine what you are trying to accomplish in the hustle. Is it to prove something? Is it to gain something?
Just because something is sucking up your time doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable, but it is valuable to understand where your time is going and why.
Embrace Your Limitations
Sometimes we enter the rat race because we want to escape that which makes us feel bad. Maybe you want to overcompensate for a weakness or avoid a situation. Carve out time to reflect on your whole self. You are not solely defined by one thing.
Human beings are a mix of paradoxes. We are good and bad. We have strengths as well as weaknesses. If you try to avoid the bad or overcompensate, then you’ll miss the good.
Instead, try to embrace it all. When you know yourself better, you can partner with people who complement your weaknesses. You can choose to participate in activities and projects that have a higher likelihood of success. You can also make better decisions about the proper exit to the rat race.
Determine Your Direction
Kenichi Ohmae, a Japanese organizational theorist, management consultant, and professor once said:
“Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.”
Reflect on what it is that you really want. What is your ultimate goal? If the activities and steps you are taking won’t get you to the goal, drop them. Ask yourself this question about everything and any new endeavor you consider undertaking.
If you are working a day job and then focusing all your extra time and energy on your online business, it may feel like you are in the rat race. It could be time to move on from the day job because it is no longer moving you in the right direction. On the other hand, your day job could still be a vital activity if you are needing to build capital.
Take Responsibility for You
Only you can make choices about your time and priorities. Don’t blame others. Make the hard decisions and be responsible for managing yourself.
Change your mindset
You don’t have to be like everyone else. You don’t have to look like everyone else. You don’t have to “keep up with the Joneses.” Embrace what makes YOU happy and forget about what everyone else thinks.
Find What You Can Eliminate
We already talked about discovering what is causing you to be so busy, but knowledge is not enough. Determine what to cut out of your schedule.
It may also be that your need to cut out “stuff.” How are you spending your money? Make sure that what you own and where you put your resources are adding to the quality of your life.