It’s no secret that many leaders, especially women, push themselves too hard these days. We drive ourselves to the brink before we step back to breathe.
Many of us fail to see the danger such drive might be doing to ourselves. We get so involved with succeeding at everything we do that the danger signals fail to get our attention.
In response, I present you with the following video, put together by WSFM radio in Sydney, Australia. It gives you the benefit of the perspectives of five older women. It should make leaders, women and men, think deeply and seriously about what we are doing with our lives.
Imagine yourself at the point in your life where these women find themselves. Will you regret that you gave in to external pressure to be perfect at everything you do?
What about your job, your marriage, your family, and your friendships? Did you draw as much as you could have from each of your roles? Or did you spend too much time fretting how you might achieve your best as a leader, team member, mother, father, wife, husband, friend and lover?
Nothing wrong, of course, with doing your very best, as long as it does not get in the way of being your best. Being who you want to be rather than what others want you to be.
What does it mean, in your own terms, to be a success? Did you define success by what others expected from you? Or by standards you set for yourself? By goals you defined as the most important for you after careful reflection.
You get the idea. Now for your own good, start making a life that will make you more thankful.