Sometimes, we can be our greatest enemy. But sometimes, we can be our greatest asset.
While it is normal to want to succeed in life, it is very easy to put a great deal of pressure on ourselves to achieve what we want, especially being a leader. But there is a fine line between driving yourself to reach a goal and drive yourself crazy. There comes a time when you need to back off for a minute. Knowing when that is, and how to do it, will keep you from the kind of breakdown that comes from too much pressure.
Are you looking to be perfect, or achieve great things? The problem with being a perfectionist is that it will wear you down. You’re not going to achieve your goal, and the act of constantly trying only serves to leave you frustrated and angry at yourself. Learn how to let things go. Know what mark you are trying to reach and be content with that.
Being a hard worker is a good thing. As leadership mavens, we should all strive to have a strong work ethic. But throwing yourself into the Type-A world of extreme performance is too much of a good thing. If your life is exhausting you, it might be time to let go of some of your goals, so that you can put your energy into what is most important.
Being well rounded doesn’t necessarily mean jumping in 54 directions at the same time. A life that is too fractured over too many diverse interests means that you are never going to succeed in anything. Choose your focus and focus on it. But also enjoy your other interests! Some just may need to take a backseat for a little while.
Being too optimistic and thinking you can do it all only sets yourself up for failure. Before accepting a new project, ask yourself if you truly think you can get it done in the timeline needed. Do not be afraid to say NO when you need to.
It is okay to cry, especially if you need to. Or scream or feel any emotion that you are feeling in the moment. It is when you allow these emotions to run your life that you put the pressure on. So, feel what you need to, and then move on.
Having weaknesses is normal. Making mistakes is normal. Focus on building up your strengths, then let go of the rest.
Pushing yourself is fine, pressuring yourself is not. Hopefully, these strategies will help you not only to see the difference but address it as well. This way, you can balance your life so that you are not only productive, but happy. After all, isn’t that the final goal you were after in the first place?
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