Lee Iacocca, former chairman of Chrysler Corporation, said that most of the 242 million working people, "swing out of bed, yawn, and figure 'Oh hell, I've got to make it through another day of drudgery'." Working people are stressed out whether self employed or working for someone else. Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup For the Soul, said that about 75% of workers don't like what they are doing or who they work for.
A major explanation for stress has been uncertainty in the workplace as a result of increased competition, changing local and international trade regulations, merging of corporations and technological advances.
Is change new to humanity? Are there better ways for an individual to thrive in a world of uncertainty? How can one balance the demands of personal life and work?
Here are the Top 7 Tips on how to balance your work and personal life
- Establish your purpose on earth from a perspective that is independent from your daily activities. In todayís chaotic workplace, each one should ask himself what is the primary purpose or mission in life? What is there to look back on and be glad when your are celebrating your 85th birthday?
- With the purpose established, commit to vision(s), decisions and actions on activities that help you achieve your purpose. Align individual goals with those of the organization you belong to. In what ways can your employment help you attain that purpose? How do your life goals align with the vision and mission of the organization you are working for?
- Develop self-empowering strategies that allow you to use your creative and authentic potential to achieve your purpose as well as creating an environment for your employerís or network groupís success.
- View natural and man-made changes as natural processes that perpetuate personal growth. Embrace change in the workplace. Change brings new opportunities, including skills, knowledge and abilities, thus improving your employability.
- Adhere to your faith, reflect on what has happened in the past to be where you are, stay in contact with others and use physical activities as springboards for the body and mind as you forge ahead with your journey of accomplishing your mission.
- The ability to let go of perceptions and practices that may not be beneficial to oneself or an organization is a stress-reduction step. Remember the wisdom from a fortune cookie, "Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bend out of shape."
- Get involved in community affairs. They provide opportunities to learn, socialize and strengthen a sense of belonging and contribution. It is a great networking strategy and also an opportunity to help others, which is one of the secrets of success.
Remember, "There is nothing we can do that will bring us more in the way of rewards than daily striving to become better adjusted, happier, more productive human beings. Itís a lifetime job and worth every minute we spend on it."
Today's Top7Business Article was submitted by Vincent Muli Wa Kituku, a native of Kenya, Author, Columnist, University Professor, Motivational Speaker/Storyteller and Seminar Leader. Founder and Principal Consultant of Kituku & Associates, Boise, ID. 83707, (208) 939-7216 e-mail Vincent@Kituku.com WWW.Kituku.Com