What’s your relationship to your job? Love-hate? Complete delight? Are periods of disappointment more than balanced out by positive events? Or is your work just a big albatross around your neck, pulling you down?
As is true for many other folks, I’ve experienced all of the above at one time or another in my career. The top four contributors to my own failure, from time to time, to enjoy my professional journey are:
#1 Money: If I’m overextended, it’s hard to enjoy my work day-to-day. Work is just a thing to be done because, if I don’t, I won’t be able to cover the bills.
#2 Family: If things aren’t right in my family life, there’s no enjoying any aspect of life’s journey. Work may look like an escape, but it doesn’t bring me joy. So, for me, family always has to come first.
#3 Lack of Sleep: I’ve had many occasions when my responsibilities seemed to come in tightly compacted bunches. I have to work hard, consistently, for weeks at a time. I’m all wound up, and I don’t sleep well. And everything gets to be a burden.
#4 Burnout: Sometimes, you just can’t take it anymore!
So many people I know are in difficult circumstances - buried under their bills, fighting with their families, sleeping little, burning out - and they think they can persevere.
Consider this: Could it be that you’re running yourself so hard because you are afraid to stop and look at your life? In my years as an executive coach and management consultant, I’ve met many people who run, run, run because they cannot pause.
I think they’re afraid to look at the larger picture of their lives, and what they have become; they have no work-life balance to contemplate.
If you’d like to discuss your work-life balance, let’s talk for 30 minutes in a no-obligation coaching session. Call to set something up at 505.828.1788 or email me through the contact page!