Here's something I know to be very true from direct experience. You only grow through challenge.
You have to disrupt your comfort zone. Bombard yourself with challenging people and situations. That is the best way to keep growing. If you're not growing, you're dying.
Cardinal Spirits is a little over a year old, and my son is a little over a year and a half. Some of you may notice that that means my last year was completely fucking crazy.
It was easily the most difficult year of my life. Work, baby, health, life. All of it. Starting a brick and mortar manufacturing business, that also has a full bar, that also is in a highly regulated industry, also also also. Doing that while becoming a first time father was a challenge with a capital C and all the other letters are also capitalized.
I've learned sooooo many things about myself in the past year. But here is the most important one:
Try not to say “I'm overwhelmed, make it stop.”
Say “This is really hard, I must be growing fast."
Think of yourself as a little sapling tree that's struggling to grow big enough to break through that forest canopy and capture more sunlight. Or since we're in Indiana, maybe you're a stalk of corn. Whatever works.
Just remember that this too shall pass. Whatever terrible thing you are feeling when you are in the heat of battle, or curled up in a ball under your desk.
All will pass. Change is coming. Change is absolutely inevitable. Ride it like a river.