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Your Paycheck Or Your Life

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Is your paycheck worth the price you pay for it? This is a difficult question and one we struggle to answer monthly, weekly, sometimes daily or even on a minute by minute basis.

For those lucky few of us, our jobs are wonderful. We enjoy what we do and feel comfortable in our place of business. We have a business or co-workers who make us feel we belong.

And for others of us things are not great, but bearable. We know what it is we have to do, and we, as responsible adults, go in and do it, day in and day out, without dropping the ball.

But what about those of us for whom our jobs are a cause of anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness, despair, and depression? What about those of us who feel emotionally and psychologically abused by our co-workers or our administrators, our supervisors or our evaluators? In these situations we question every day and sometimes every moment of every day, what we should or can do. We wonder constantly if there's another way, another job, a different way of living; one in which we do not have to compromise our dignity, our self esteem, our very spirits to pay our mortgage or our rent, our doctor's bills or our kids' orthodontist payments.

How do we escape the cycle of abuse and low self-esteem that a terrible job comes with? Is the money even worth it once you've established that the money is paying for the house you live in where you spend every moment dreading the morning when you have to leave it once more? It's a vicious, toxic cycle that may, at times, feel unbreakable but there is hope and it's a real, tangible hope for everyone regardless of your circumstances.

Here's a way out:

* Begin brainstorming about things you enjoy that you may not have thought about for years. Did you have a hobby in high school that you pushed aside in favor of something else? Do you like to do certain things that you just do for fun but which may have the potential to earn you extra income?

* Let yourself begin to dream about what life might be like without this toxicity. This is called 'visualization' and the deeper and more detailed you can make your vision, the more courage you will have to manifest it.

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