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I hear more and more people (and read more and more articles) talking about the struggle to achieve work-life balance, and that it should rather be labeled as “work-life integration” because balance doesn’t really exist. I get it, we’re all very busy and overwhelmed in this fast-paced life. And I totally agree that trying to combine work with life doesn’t make sense. Either you focus on one or on the other, right?
Well, not really. Until you keep putting work and life on the same level, until you keep considering work and life as competing interests, you will never achieve balance. There’s more than finding a few hours for yourself to relax or setting boundaries with your clients. Everything starts in your body.
So how am I different in my coaching practice?
I use a holistic approach that focuses on the body & mind connection. For me, work is not the same as life. Your personal life comes before your professional life.
I prioritize. I put YOU first, YOU are the starting point. When you as the individual, as the human being, are thriving, then we move to you as the business person. When your body and mind are aligned and they play together, we take care of your professional life. By focusing on nutrition, sleep, exercise, and self-care, you are able to improve your well-being, energy, positivity, focus, productivity. You can then move to your business needs, and you will be able to accomplish more in less time. This will eventually create more time for yourself and for what you love to do. You create a positive loop that will bring constant happiness and results in your personal and professional life. This is how you achieve Life-Work Balance: life comes first, then work can get done.
People often say, “My business failed because I didn’t set the right goals, I didn’t have enough money, I didn’t have the experience, I wasn’t focused enough”, and so on. But a business also fails because they are not present as individuals.
- They don’t fuel themselves with the right nutrients (real food, that is – not processed or packaged meals rich in carbs and refined sugar)
- They are sleep deprived (we recharge and detoxify our cells while we sleep)
- They are leading a sedentary life (exercise boosts your immune system and produces hormones responsible for your happiness, positivity, creativity)
- They don’t find the time to practice self-care (no, it’s not a luxury – it’s necessary for your physical and mental health)
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
If you’re not able to be there for your business, who will?
It is crucial that you thrive as an individual first. “The greatest wealth is health”, as the ancient Roman poet Virgil said thousands of years ago. Nothing is more valuable than that in our life.
I also find myself more and more involved in discussions about work-life balance, and people are suggesting that I change my coaching practice because work-life balance doesn’t really work. Of course, it doesn’t work, and I am not coaching about work-life balance. Instead, my coaching practice is about Life-Work Balance.
I don’t believe in work-life balance
I don’t believe the word “work” should ever be placed before the word “life”. Why? Because we are human beings before everything else, we are not human doings. Today we give too much emphasis on our working life, and we put ourselves at risk for chronic stress and chronic disease. This is not good for our body, not good for our brain, and not good for our business. I found myself in that same situation years ago, and it wasn’t fun.
Are you still trying to achieve work-life balance? Don’t bother. It’s not worth it. Take care of yourself first. Only then you will be able to focus on your business for better and long-lasting results.
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Learn how to achieve Life-Work Balance to improve your well-being, increase your energy, positivity, focus. You will become more productive, more successful, and more profitable. This is what I call success in life!