Here’s a frightening statement. I read this week where a sales manager was berating his staff for missing their sales quotas. He screamed at them, “If your marriage is not in trouble, it’s probably because you are not spending enough time on the road doing your job!”
Okay, now we’ve identified the idiot in the room. How would you respond to that comment from your boss? Is that the price to pay for “success” at work? I hope not! If you’re not making deposits for success in your personal relationships, physical health, and spiritual well-being, no amount of work success will mean anything. Don’t let anyone coerce you into sacrificing your meaningful Life for the temporary gain of work success.
The story is told of a South American tribe that went on a long march, day after day, when all of a sudden they would stop walking, sit down to rest for a while, and then make camp for a couple of days before going any further. They explained that they needed the time of rest so that their souls could catch up with them. (From stories in The Rudder of the Day)
In my Power of Goals Workbook, I talk about not only setting goals for career and your finances, but setting goals for seven different areas of your life, including relationships, physical well being and personal growth and spiritual growth. Get this free download here.
What are you doing to enhance your physical well being: take long walks, exercise, eat right, meditate, give yourself time to relax.
And what about personal development: learn a new language, read new books, listen to podcasts and invest in yourself. Get my top 48 recommended books to read this year.
When it comes to relationships, if you want to be a better mom, dad or spouse, define what that really means. Plan date nights, family vacations and reserved family time.
I trust you are feeding your soul as well as a reasonable feeding of your career.