"I just don't have the guts to take a break"

"I just don't have the guts to take a break"

Since I talk so openly about sabbaticals on my Twitter and elsewhere, people reach out to me to ask my advice. And over and over again I hear this --

I know I need to take a break, but I just don't have the guts to do so.

Ok, let me tell you about guts.

Your gut is the thing that is telling you to take a break. If you've reached the stage where you know you need a break, it is because you didn't do what your gut asked you to do. Your gut told you something is wrong, that something is toxic in the work environment, you didn't listen. Then your gut started to tell you that you're pushing too hard, but you ignored it. Then your gut started to tell you that you need a break and you're doing the same thing. You're not listening. The next step is collapse.

If you think you don't have the guts to pull the plug on a toxic situation where your whole being is screaming to you to quit the scene, just wait till you encounter total collapse. Because that is what is approaching as an inevitability.

Do you hear that, Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability. - Agent  Smith from the Matrix | Make a Meme

All your ' I don't have the guts' is just you trying to not take accountability for your actions. You would rather end up in a hospital with a saline drip than exit of your own accord. Why?

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