I woke up in a quiet, dark hotel room. I had a long day yesterday, working with my sales rep down in Miami.
I should have been happy, but I wasn't.
Here I was, on a business trip for my job that I absolutely loved, yet all I could do that morning was cry as I struggled to get out of bed and to straighten my stiff joints.
Although things were going great in my sales management career, I couldn't say the same when it came to my body. In fact, the intense pain was often more than I could bear.
Between the debilitating muscle aches and dreaded morning stiffness, I was suffering. Constantly.
You know how you feel when you have the flu? Sore, stiff, achy and just so tired?
For the last 8 years, that was how I felt every day.
For 8 years.
Day after painful, tired, stiff day.
I had seen my doctor two months earlier and he told me that I needed to stop working. Not that I should, not that he recommended it, but that I needed to.
That’s right. I needed to quit the one job that I wanted to do, had trained to do, had longed to do, the one job that I WAS doing. Just up and quit.
It was like everything that I had worked hard to achieve suddenly didn't matter. All of my hours and energy creating a career I was proud of. Wasted.
Because fibromyalgia, the “F” word, was f–ing up my life.
It Was Time to Take Action
I decided to kind of take his advice and took a month off from work where I did nothing but slept. Seriously, I didn't realize it was possible to spend that much time lost in a world of dreams, oblivious to what was going on around me.
As much as I didn't want to do it initially, the time off helped me come to grips with the fact that he was right. I needed to leave my 6-figure job and do something different.
I had no choice but to change my life if I didn't want to feel lousy every single day.
First, I got a dog – he was my emotional support dog.
I started looking into what I could do from home, preferably in my pajamas if I was having a bad day. I took courses and classes and decided that I was going to start a blog.
That was three years ago and I've never been happier.
Sure, it's been a roller coaster ride with various ups and the downs, but there have been way more ups since I no longer have the stress of corporate life. My chronic pain was and still is finally under control.
Doing something different worked for me. And I know that it can work for you too.
Are You Ready to Take Your Own Action?
Whether you're just sick of your job, physically and/or mentally stressed out, or your soul is simply calling out for you to do something—anything—different, you can make it happen.
All you have to do is decide to take action.
It is time to regain control of your destiny and take back the reins of your life. After all, if you are like I am, you don't mind working hard; you just want to do it for yourself this time around.
Therefore, if you want a business you can call your own that lets you earn an income and enjoy your work, now is the time to create it.
Hang out in your pajamas, drink tea and maybe do yoga in the middle of the day, or be at home with your kids when they get out of school—do whatever it is that makes you happy.
It is time to embrace the freedom that comes with having the courage to make a change.
Your body (and maybe your soul) are telling you “I need to be free, so please do something different.”
The question is: Are you listening?