Our culture rewards those tirelessly dedicated to achievement and putting forth effort. Chances are you’re one of those people who stay up late and wake early to accomplish more toward your work, personal projects or life goals.
But, have you ever questioned — how much is too much?
I’ve written about losing my father before he could retire and really enjoy his children. We all would have been happy to do without if it meant having him around longer. He was the epitome of the tirelessly dedicated worker. I felt like I never saw him.
I think back to the early days when our children were in grade school, Carolyn and I chose not to work so much. That way, we wouldn’t miss out on all the important milestones in our children’s lives and could be a real presence while they were growing up and needed us the most. The reward?
Four amazing, well-rounded, grown children with strong and loving bonds. Could we have made more money or furthered our careers faster? Of course.
It’s difficult to just say, “I’ll work less,” but we did have a choice.
In those days Carolyn and I shared one car, rented a house, had our gym out of our garage and couldn’t have been happier. We understood that there would be a time when our kids didn’t need us as much…then we could work harder on our business. Having said that, we still will drop things at a moment’s notice to spend time with our kids, you can never get those moments back.
I loved that our trainers worked in shifts so that they could spend time with their families and children.
My hope for you is that you take time in your busy schedule to spend it with the people you love. One of my favorite quotes is, “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. It is priceless and once it’s gone you can never get it back, so choose carefully to whom you give your gift.”-Repo Cowboy
This is one of the very reasons it is so important that you have systems in place so that things still run, even when you are not physically there. Check out this video I did talking about nutrition systems in your business