Balancing a side hustle with a full-time gig without feeling resentful

Many women I know work a full-time job or run a full-time business while also balancing a side hustle. They are building something on the side that’s just for them, that makes them happy, gives them confidence and empowerment, and makes them feel strong. For most women, their dream is to have their side hustle replace their full-time gig, but sometimes this is not possible (at least not right away). So, what is the secret to balancing a side hustle with a full-time gig without feeling resentful?

Often the women I know balancing a side hustle start to resent and hate their full-time gig because all they want to do is work on their side hustle and leave their full-time gig. Something I have come to realize from mentoring women who live this lifestyle is how resentful they have become towards that full-time gig. They resent the mornings and getting out of bed because they have to go to work when they would much rather be working on whatever that passion and hustle is they have.

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Appreciating your full-time gig

These women start to think, “is it even worth it to have a full-time job or a full-time business when I want to do this other thing?” It is so important to understand that the full-time gig is what got you to the place where you can work on your part-time hustle.

It is essential to understand that the full-time gig is the food that you put on our family’s table. Your full-time gig is also responsible for the shelter that you live in, the clothes on your body, and it’s what affords you the things that you have, the places you go, and also gives you the ability to do the side hustle that you love.

Another thing you need to understand is that it’s the mindset around the full-time gig that is causing the problem. The full-time gig itself is not the problem and the side hustle, or the part-time gig is not what’s causing you to feel this way about the activities you do full-time.

You are falling in love with the side hustle and so your mindset, your body, your will, your emotion, your passion and your spirit are starting to resent the full-time job because it wholeheartedly believes that it’s your full-time job that’s keeping you away from that hustle.

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Shifting your mindset

“If I didn’t have to work, I could just do…” Have you ever said that to yourself? Or how about this, “my full time, eight hours a day job is keeping me from…” These are questions that go through the mind because you have fallen in love with your side hustle. But, again, you need to understand that it’s what you do full-time that keeps you going. It’s the full-time job that gives you the opportunity to do the part-time hustle.

We need to talk about how we can shift our mindset around the full-time gig so we can start to appreciate it. We need to start looking at it more positively because that’s when things will change. The moment you have any negativity in your mind, in your body, in your spirit and in regards to what you feel is holding you back from what you truly want to do, you’re not focusing on the positive. You’re not focusing on what could be and you’re focusing on what can’t be.

It is crucial for you to understand that the more you focus on what you can do and what you can be, the more that will come to pass. And it’s essential to realize that it’s your mindset that keeps you away from what you truly want.

We hear this all the time, “your mind, will, and emotions.” Your mindset changes your will, which then affects your emotions. What if you went to work in your full-time job, gig or whatever it is, whether it’s your own business or you work for someone else… and you woke up in the morning so excited that you could go to work because you were so thankful you have something to go to?

What if you…

  • Could be thankful you have a job or a business that pays the bills?
  • Were thankful for the people that you work with because they teach you new things every single day?
  • Could be thankful that you’re able to create money and currency and the paycheque to take care of your family?
  • Were able to be so thankful for every person that you bump into every morning, every afternoon because they give you an opportunity to learn and to grow, to become the person you’re designed to be?

What if you…

  • Could look at your full-time gig as an opportunity to grow as a human being so that you can impact your part-time hustle in a larger and a stronger way?
  • Recognize that your full-time gig gives you the opportunity to create an environment where you get to control your mindset, and you get to control your will and your emotions so that you could become a stronger human being to the people around you who challenge you?
  • Were able to wake up in the morning, jump out of bed excited to go to your job or work in your business so that you could plow through all your work so you could get home and be with your family and start balancing a side hustle?

These are ways that you can look at your full-time gig or your business in a completely different way that is positive, uplifting, exciting, and helps you balance a side hustle! You would no longer need to be in that place of resentment. You would no longer want to stay in bed or stay home to work your hustle. What if you could jump out of bed in the morning and be thankful for the job or the business you must go to?

Maximizing your workday

You have 24 hours in a day. On average, only eight hours is given to you in your full-time gig. You still have 16 hours on average. What if in the eight hours you’re working your full-time gig you could focus so intently on what you’re doing that your eight hours of work becomes six hours of work? What if?! I want you to think about that because it has been said that the average person when they work an eight hour day, they only put in five and a half hours of actual work.

What if you could make those five and a half to six hours full of focused work? Maybe your boss will let you leave two hours early? Perhaps you can get more work done so that you can take a Friday off? That is what I am focusing on right now. I am intently working hardcore in the eight hours that I give myself in my main business, and if I stay focused on what I’m doing, there’s no reason I can’t knock five days of average work out of four actual days of work. I can then have my Friday to work on my side hustle, which is this blog and sharing the Live Beyond Satisfied community with the world.

Are you living beyond satisfied?

I want you to think about finding a way to live beyond satisfied in your full-time gig and no longer resenting it for holding you back from your part-time hustle. Can your part-time hustle become your full-time gig? It absolutely can, but not until you stop focusing on your full-time gig as the means of keeping you from that part-time hustle.

As much as you resent that full-time gig, if you keep going there, you will never be able to commit to the full-time hustle fully. That part-time hustle can become your full-time hustle, and you can live a life full of love, full of passion and full of creativity. But the first thing you must do is stop resenting your full-time job or business. It is not going to get you anywhere.

Let’s focus on our mindset. Let’s be strong, let’s be excited, let’s be happy and let’s understand that it’s only you that is responsible and in control of how you choose to live every single day!

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