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  • “Work is stressful, but the money is good.”

    April 25th, 2011Keryl PesceLife in general, Money, Stress and Guilt, Work

    "Your money or your life!" demands the classic TV robber as he presses the nose of a pistol into the unsuspecting victim's back.

    We chew our popcorn more slowly and wait with baited breath, anxious to see what the victim decides. Will she reach into her purse and hand over her cash? Or will she hang on to her money, kick the thief in the nuts and risk sacrificing her life?

    If the show is a comedy, you know she's going for the cojones and high-tailing it out of there. But let's imagine this isn't a comedy. As a matter of fact, let's imagine this is real life.

    You leave the mall one night after dark. You walk at a good clip to your car, glance down to open your pocket-book, reach for your keys and it happens. The terrifying muffled voice from behind gives you that fateful choice. "Your money or your life."

    I've got two questions for you. One, which would you choose? Two, how long would it take you to decide?

    Let me guess. Life, and about three tenths of a second. Maybe less. 

    There's no way you would trade your life for your money. Period. Or perhaps, dot, dot, dot.

    Let's think about this. What does stress do to your health? Worsens it, right? And your life? Shortens it.

    So if you deliberately choose to work in a high-stress environment and justify the choice because the money is good, are you not in essence trading your life for your money?

    Yes. That is if you keep on doing what you've been doing, the same way you've been doing it. Right now it's stressful. If nothing changes, it will continue to be stressful. So the answer is to change something. Regardless of your circumstances, you've got options.

    Option 1 - Change jobs. Look for something less-stressful, even if it means less money. Decide that peace of mind, less stress and enjoying what you do for a living are more important than the comforts your high-paying job buy you. Walking away from stress and unhappiness could be the smartest thing you ever do. It doesn't mean you're giving up. It means you're making a deliberate lifestyle choice – one that is better for your health and happiness.

    If you're currently backed into a financial corner and can't afford to take a lower-paying job, you've still got options.

    Option 2 – Begin heading in a less expensive direction. Tighten your leopard belt a little. Start passing on the lattes, lunches out and latest fashion. Don't cut them all out completely, but start scaling back. Put yourself in a position to have more financial flexibility tomorrow. Great change can often come with small and consistent steps.

    Option 3 – Stay put. If you do, you need to change how you currently view your situation. You've got to find a way to adjust yourself and how you respond to your environment. Look for a new perspective. Put on a new set of lenses and change how you view what you are currently allowing to stress you. Here's a little something you're not used to hearing. Stress is an action. It's something you do. It's not something that's done to you. No person or situation makes you feel anything. Stress, whether you realize it or not, is your chosen response. So choose differently – in how you view your environment and in how you respond to it.

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  • Pedro Sanchez

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  • Awesome post! This is great advice. Reminds me of an excellent quote that helps put things into perspective for me: “Once you realize that no one on the outside can control how you feel on the inside, then you are free.” It’s all about how we react to the circumstance, not the circumstance itself.

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