I’m devoted to helping individuals and companies take their success to the next level. Achieving this type of growth requires drive, focus, commitment and enthusiasm whether you are a senior manager or a salesperson working in the field.
However, there’s a tipping point. The point where overachievement becomes detrimental to your long-term success. Simply put your current progress is unsustainable.
It’s a fine line, and if you are not careful, it can cause you and your team to lose balance with a negative impact on the organisation, your results and most importantly your relationships.
So how do you know where to draw the line?
Here are 4 questions you can ask yourself for a quick litmus test!
- If I had to list the top 2-3 things that I say I value most in life, how much time am I dedicating to them each week? My partner, family, friends or hobbies?
- Do I find it difficult to switch off from work? Do I constantly find myself checking and responding to emails long after business hours or on weekends?
- As a management team are we fostering an environment where we respect an individual’s personal life? Or do people feel they are earning brownie points for working night and day?
- How often do I rejuvenate my energy by doing activities that refresh and inspire me?
The answers to these questions can provide insight into whether you are living in a way that will bring you satisfaction and long-term success. If you’re too focused on work, you get bored, burnt out and lose that vital ingredient enthusiasm.
I’d encourage you to take a step back and review your working habits. If you discover some imbalance here are some specific actions to assist you to recalibrate and maintain balance.
Ask your friends and partner for feedback. How do they see you and the way you interact with them? Are you continually cultivating these unique relationships? Do you give people your full attention when you communicate? Or are you always on your smartphone?
Why not plan your recreation, commit time in your calendar for, family time and favorite activities.
Try switching off notifications and commit to reducing the number of times you check email each day.
Find a cause or an individual to help and support, outside your usual frame of reference. Giving of yourself like this provides satisfaction and an opportunity for new inputs, ideas and a chance to contribute that’s refreshing.
Doing this exercise and personal reflection can be uncomfortable but getting your life back on track now will pay healthy dividends both in your personal life and develop your ability to create long-term sustainable performance you can be proud of.