As of late, I have had a number of students and clients who have been working through the challenge of climbing the insurmountable mountain of perfection. The general feeling of fatigue, exhaustion and self flagellation of constantly doing and not meeting their expectations OR not doing due to the fear of not meeting expectations, have dimmed the light on these beautiful vibrant souls.
Striving for perfection stops us from Being the best that we can be.
A few days ago, a good friend of mine and I went out for a meal and a catch up. During the meal, she told me that she was passed over for a promotion because her ‘would-be’ immediate superior said that she would not fit into the culture as she knew what she wanted, and came across as being ‘arrogant’. She brushed it off with an eye roll, but it really got me thinking…. When did ‘knowing what one wanted’ become an undesirable trait?
Might you consider ‘joy’ and ‘work’ in the same sentence?
I imagine that for many of you that is not an easy combination. Let’s explore this concept and how it may be of benefit to you. Work, in this definition, is whatever you do that takes up most of your time, so it may be in an office, factory, farm, house, school – anywhere you spend most of your waking hours.
Wellbeing is most definitely the new buzzword in the world of business and especially the corporate world. In the ever increasing competitive market of recruitment, potential employees are consistently looking for benefits as well as good pay and with the some of the leading corporates such as Google and Microsoft that are really pushing the boat out in term of employee benefits and wellbeing.
In order for people to make a success of a business they are required to work at peak capacity. Without the health and wellbeing of individuals this is an impossible task. For 100 years, the Alexander Technique has taught people to be responsible for their psychological and physical wellbeing to work and engage with the world more efficiently and enjoyably.
Culturally, we have been conditioned to define success monetarily – get a good career, buy a house with a white picket fence, have money in the bank and earn enough to take care of the family, save for retirement and retire comfortably.
This was the path that I was encouraged, sometimes shoved – hard - to follow.
For a minute, just focus your thoughts and attention on your work or job. How do you feel? Be governed by your emotions as they are always telling you something. If you feel really good then that’s really positive although if something makes you feel unhappy or stressed, then something needs to change.
Many people spend 8 hours each day at work which is a lot of time therefore it is so important to get the ‘Wellbeing Factor’ right.
The Holistic Life Coach
Holistic & Natural Solutions for Health and Wellbeing