I used to love my job. I would have done anything for it and for the people I worked with. I travelled to London from Bristol at least 3 days a week, worked long hours and enjoyed what I did, working in the legal department of a large FTSE 100 company.
I started to become more stressed once I became professionally qualified. My responsibilities changed and, if I am honest now, I don't think I was quite ready for them. I hadn't realised it, but my self-esteem and self-belief were dropping and I wasn't so sure about myself. This meant that I was working longer hours, working harder than ever but didn't seem to be achieving the success I had in the past. Sadly, my enjoyment of the job was dwindling - I hadn't realised this until I went on a management course and realised that all the things I was putting down for my future didn't have a lot to do with the business I was in! Instead of facing this head on and looking to see what the deeper meanings may have been in this, I carried on regardless and became more and more entwined in the stress and overwhelm of a busy office.
It became so bad for me eventually that I became seriously ill with M.E. and, sadly, I didn't work a full day again after February 16 2004 until I qualified as a coach in 2013. So what did I learn about this whole process?
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