Our culture has this whacked “scorecard”, one which says money, power and status are the markers of happiness and success. And what do we have? While we sit in this drive for abundance, we probably have one of the unhappiest eras of our time. Everyone is talking about it. So, what do you want to do about it?
There are many people that excel at business and if asked might even consider themselves “happy”. But when you look behind the scenes, so often you see high stress, poor health/lifestyle, and broken marriages and relationships.
There is a growing body of research that supports the idea that people who take great care of themselves (mind, body, soul) are more fulfilled and consistently outperform those that are unhappy and unfulfilled.
Assess Your Life
Often when we are starting a new business, we become so invested in that one area of our life that we overlook “life” as a whole.
Work/life balance is an elusive ideal. However, when you make deliberate choices about what you’ll pursue, rather than being reactive with what comes at you, you can engage meaningfully with family, work and your community. By bringing attention to the various areas of your life, you will easily see where things are out of balance. An incredibly generative way to do this is by rating yourself from 1-10 (1 being – no attention, 10 being – awesome!), in each of these four areas.
Are you taking care of your physical health? Are you energetic and eating well? Are you actively engaging in the practice of honouring your values, increasing your self-awareness, practising gratitude, setting goals for yourself?
If not, I challenge you to get out, move your body and get those endorphins going! Set the intention to treat your body as your temple and only feed it fresh, healthy food, and develop a practise of personal development (if you need help….get a coach!).
We are creatures that crave and need connection. Are you actively sharing love and friendship? How invested are you in the connections with the people you care about the most and with seeking out new meaningful relationships? At the end of the work day, who are you going to?
Seriously, who’s in your life that you want to spend your free time with? Do they suck your energy or do they raise your vibration and make you feel alive? You have a choice. I know which one I’d choose!
The most engaged people are those that are working at something that honours their values and ideals. Finding purpose and meaning in our work matters. The more connected you are to the work and the people there, the greater your resilience – your ability to cope with stress.
You spend the majority of your day at work. Are you doing what you love? If not…..get out!
Community and World
What are you doing to make your world a better place? The benefits of giving back are: develop new skills, gain new perspectives, make social connections, develop and grow as a person, boost self-esteem, and it feels good to feel needed!
Aligning It All
If your scorecard looks a little unbalanced, pick one thing that you can bring attention to now. No more waiting. It’s time to say no to sleep walking through life and say yes and stepping into your life fully, in a new and conscious way.
Connecting to ourselves, our family, work and our community might mean serious attention, effort and soul-searching, but in the end, it’s so worth it.
Image credit: By Lauren Brett Randolph.