I used to hate the way my alarm sounded when I had to wake up at 4:30 am. I would drag my half-asleep body to the shower and shock it into wakefulness. That triggered some kind of mood, usually displeased or cranky because it was fighting the realization that my day was starting and I just wasn’t ready to face it.
This went on for many years because I worked in a pre-operative surgical unit in the hospital that opened up the doors at 5:30 am to get people ready for surgery by 7:00 am. It was an efficient machine and I survived on coffee, cafeteria food and 4.5-6 hours of sleep.
That was five years ago and now, when my alarm goes off at 6:20 am, I bounce out of bed with a smile on my face ready to start my day. I’m actually excited and happy instead of displeased and cranky. I’m in a different place now and doing my dream work.
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