Surprise, surprise (to me) that those two goals should meet.
Let me explain.
For many long years I have done things that I didn't necessarily enjoy doing and made sure that those things were done so well that no one could ever possibly question my desire to please and over deliver on just about everything. This has become a big part of who I am. People know without a doubt that I am going to come through (come hell or high water). So it's been a wee bit intimidating to ever even think about letting up a little. Maybe giving myself any room at all to breathe or just be human.
But then, last week I actually admitted that I was kind of burnt out on a particular project for work...
...I know. You can hear the audible gasp all the way to where you are, can't you?!
I ended up taking some time away from a project that I wasn't quite ready to tackle yet. (It was not time sensitive.) I risked being a little less than enthusiastic for a moment there. I made less money for that day. I had no good ideas for this project at the time and I chose not to just slog through it.
And now I'm coming back this week with a killer plan that will knock the socks off the client. And I'm really ready to see it through to a better end than I possibly could have even thought of last week, no matter how hard I had worked at it.
Being my own boss is one of the best decisions I ever made.
Being a trusting and understanding boss to myself is even better.