Stop Working So Hard. Seriously. Stop It!
Hard work is not always the answer...
If you’re working really hard at your business or career and still end up in the same place it’s time to stop.
I’m serious; down tools right now. Stop.
Hard work never killed anyone, the saying goes. This may be true but it can go a long way to sapping your energy and enthusiasm.
Are you on a daily treadmill of working longer hours yet not moving anywhere? Lots of movement, yet too little meaningful progress?
I’m seeing this more and more as people become anxious about their jobs, or about having enough freelance work. They think the answer lies in working harder for longer. However, this is like rowing your boat in the wrong direction. No matter how hard you row or how long you row for, you’ll just end up lost.
I’m not advocating stopping work or doing shoddy work. Far from it. I’m suggesting you simply take a few minutes to stop and ask yourself the following:
• What am I currently working towards?
• Is work something I love or has it become a source of anxiety and stress?
• Do I have a supportive network around me or am I struggling on alone?
If you’re not satisfied with your answers, it’s time for some serious reflection.
A great place to start is to review the goals you have for your business & life. Are they complimentary & consistent with each other? If not, take some time now to review the way you’re currently working . Look for ways to direct your work so that it is consistent with the kind of person you want to be, the life you want to lead, and what’s important to you.
Take a sheet of paper now and write down 7 things that are really important to you about your life and work. Does your current work meet those important values? If not, what do you need to do to make that happen?
I realised some time ago that what was most important to me about my business was being ethical and helping women be the best they could be. That knowledge led me to create a wonderful community of trainers, helping and supporting each other. We’re genuinely trying to do business differently. If you’d like to know more, read this.