Passion is something I usually encourage people to develop further. Seeing people engage with their work on such a deep level can be a beautiful thing to observe and experience. However, there can be a dark side. Executives and leaders can be notoriously zealous about their work, so much so that they are driven to succeed at any cost. Work becomes their life. Know anyone like this? The trap is that not only is this unhealthy, but sooner or later it catches up with them and hobbles their ability to succeed.
Many of us struggle with life work balance. Without exception, no matter what initial business issue it is that my client may have brought me in to help them with, life work balance inevitably surfaces. And no wonder. Between technology and the demands of increased competition people are under pressure 24-7. People are constantly asked to do more with less. It’s not a difficult puzzle to see why it’s never been more of a challenge for work not to completely subsume our lives.
At what cost though is it that we ignore the non work aspects of our lives? At great cost. Your health suffers, relationships at home falter and stress exacts its toll on your ability to give your best at work. As I wrote about in an earlier article, increasing numbers of studies show that having a full and rewarding life outside of work allows a person to show up to work more energized and better able to tackle work issues.
While connecting with your passion at work can be an amazing experience, it can also be a slippery slope to a number of unpleasant outcomes. Poor sleep, high blood pressure, anxiety, chronic stress, heart disease, burnout…the list goes on. Is this the life you want? Likely not.
No matter how dedicated you may feel towards your work, having a life outside of it does matter.
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