I suppose that, if we were to distill my message down to its core, it would go like this:
No, you don’t have to work a stressful job.
Yes, you can make a living doing something you like, on your own terms, in a sustainable way.
(My statement assumes some level of privilege in your life, but if you are reading this, you probably have plenty of privilege to make the change safely.)
There are many ways to get from A to B, although some of the steps are usually required. One of the required steps is believing that you can.
If you’d like to make a change, but you haven’t yet, it might be because you don’t truly believe that you would be better off after making the change.
If you don’t hold this belief, it will help to establish it first. The wrong beliefs can hold us back and we often underestimate the impact of our mindset on our experience.
Wait, “mindset”, “experience”—what is Peter going on about now? This is starting to sound a little woo-woo!
To put it more plainly: how you think about stuff affects how you feel. If you don’t feel good about pulling the trigger on a change you’d like to make, maybe we need to upgrade your mindset.
Tell me: why don’t you believe that you can do what you’d like to do?