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Life is short. Not just a saying – a reality.

We all know the saying “Life is short.”

Well, it is.

Imagine yourself at 80 – go on, visualise it! Can you see the wrinkles, the grey hair…?

Now imagine yourself looking back at your life. Think not just about work, think about your LIFE.

Leaders find ways to shift the balance. To make sure that they have fulfilment and purpose, both at work and outside of work.

Will you be happy at 80 if you say “Yep, I spent every second I could achieving at work, and had no time for anything else…”? Equally, will you be happy at 80 if you say “I had a lot of fun, yet didn’t fulfil my potential with work – I had so much more to give!”

If we are lucky, we get to 80.

If we are even luckier, we get to 80 and can say – “I am living – and have lived – a great life. I’ve had purpose and made the most of my opportunities.”

Consider this. Imagine being 80.

  • What gives you joy in life?
  • What do you want to be most proud of?
  • What do you want to have experienced?
  • What do you want to be able to reflect on at 80?

Don’t just dream, take action.

Now, once you’ve thought those things through with your 80-year old self, consider the following:

  • What are 3 – 5 things you can do to take back control now and get a better life balance?
  • How will you hold yourself accountable when you neglect or forget the above actions?
  • Who can help you achieve these actions?
  • When are you going to start?

When you are determining actions, consider those that you can apply across the different aspects of your life.

At work you might need to reprioritise your tasks, talk to your boss about deadlines, or aim to finish on time 3 days of the week. You might need to dive in and take a training course, invest in your skills. Or volunteer for a challenging project.

On the personal side, you might want to commit to learning a new language, play football once a week, take up meditation, or join a book club.

Whatever the actions are that suit you – the key is to be disciplined, monitor your commitment and reassess in a month or so.

Once you are able to shift the balance, consider how you might help your team members or colleagues do the same. Until you start with yourself and lead by example, you and your team could be left spinning on the ‘work harder and longer’ merry-go-round.

If investing in your skills is something to consider for you, why not check out our tailor made, easy to digest resources and courses? Start here. We have short courses, reflection workbooks, webinars, and a Community of people with which to build knowledge and connections. What are you waiting for? Life is short, after all…

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