Balancing Achievement & Renewal In Life Coaching

Somewhere along the way, many of us developed the belief that in order to be a healthy and productive citizen your life should contain the following:

  • A moderately well-paying salary which you earn by working 12 to 14 hours per day
  • The willingness to forego vacations in order to meet the demands of your job
  • Six hours of sleep a night
  • A willingness to work weekends and sacrifice time with the family, as well as free time

From a life coaching perspective, it’s interesting to explore if this belief or mindset is healthy in the long run and how do we achieve a healthy balance between achievement, fun and renewal. At what point are we sacrificing too much life in order to make a good living?

This mindset starts from a young age. School, extracurricular activities (usually three or four per child), homework, and maybe an hour or so of television make up the schedule of a typical child these days.  Children live their day according to the clock.  They get out of bed each morning and know exactly what they have to do that day.  Not only is adult depression on the rise from this type of living, but it is increasing in occurrence in children as well; children who aren’t being given a chance to be children.

Whatever happened to the days when kids went to school; maybe had one extracurricular activity they participated in (chess club, football, basketball, gymnastics), and were free by five o’clock to finish up their homework and spend the rest of the evening playing?  What’s more, their weekends weren’t bombarded with a to-do list of things that needed to be done.

There was a time when children could expect to sleep in on Saturdays, get up and watch a few hours of Saturday Morning Cartoons, and then go outside and roam the neighborhood all day and just be kids.  This is the type of lifestyle many adults had as kids, so it’s strange that they wouldn’t want the same for the children today.

However, what has happened is that we’ve all gotten tied up in the rat race of life and forgotten about the most important part of living, both for ourselves and children—having fun.  The following link provides some great insight into the growing occurrence of over structured living and children:

http://www.happynews.com/news/10172006/down-time-healthy-kids.htm.  It provokes interesting thoughts about just how shifted family priorities are today.

Comments

  1. Fantastic post and it truly should be a concern for all of us — achieving a better work/life balance. Too often as Americans we “live to work” instead of working to LIVE… We find this difference especially striking when working with international clients who take five or more weeks vacation a year and don’t put in the crazy long hours. Hopefully by increasing our skills through coaching can help us all work smarter… and less!

  2. Life Coaching is one of the best balancing achievement in life when we base our life into it in order to have a good living life.

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