The rat race is defined by Google as “a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power.”

If you are exhausted chances are that you are caught in the rat race. For those who are competitive in nature it’s especially difficult to realize that you are indeed in the rat race. This is because you believe that is just “who you are”. You are driven by excellence, goals and challenges. You know exactly what you’re doing. That’s what I thought too – but I was wrong.

What if your exhaustion is being caused by the constant
striving for wealth and power ignoring your God given gifts, talents and abilities? 

Your job, status and the three figure salary are really what you’re fighting to keep. And that is what has kept you in the rat race. You have been avoiding change and taking a hard look at your life. Until now…

Right now you’re desperate. You’re at a crossroad between keeping the life that is slowly killing you and the uncertainly of building a life you love. If you’re honest neither path looks desirable – you have no energy to continue or to rebuild. You’re out of hope.

But what if life wasn’t meant to be survived? What if you could build a life around what gives you joy?

Well you can. While this process takes time it starts by discovering what joy looks like in your life. I’ve been there. I was stuck deep within the rat race and didn’t realize it until a good friend told me that I cared more about work then I did about our friendship. Her words were a catalyst for my journey to discovering who I really was.

So…if you’re ready – why not start the discovery process today with these 10 questions?

  1. When was the last time you felt joy? When was the last time you laughed? What makes you laugh?
  2. What was the last thing you did for no other reason other then you enjoyed it?
  3. If you had to describe yourself without telling someone what you do for a living what would you say?
  4. What type of legacy do you want to leave behind?
  5. If which areas of your life are you holding back? Why?
  6. Pretend you are on the Walking Dead? Who are you and why?
  7. If you could restructure you day, without guilt, what would it look like? How many hours would you work? What would you be working on? Would you work in the same field ? Where would you be?
  8. What are the bad habits that bring you down? How does this effect your current situation? Which good habits can you develop to replace the bad?
  9. Why do you get up and go to work everyday aside from getting paid?
  10. Is this how you thought your life would work out? If not why not?

The rat race has more to do with your mindset than your circumstances. Answering these questions starts the self discovery process by putting a stop to your exhaustion, giving you hope in what could be and getting you on the path to live the life your were intended to live. The question is – will you choose to escape? Will you choose change?

Copyright 2015, Mary R Miller