Psychology of Success

Why You’re Unbalanced If You Believe in Work Life Balance

November 9, 2020

Recently, I saw an article in The Wall Street Journal about pandemic economics and work life balance.

In particular, they wrote that people’s balance was off because they were working from home. In fact, they stated that work was keeping people from having a life.

But that’s an entirely fallacious concept. If you like what you do, if you’re doing something that energizes you, that empowers you, that gives you a purpose, then that is your life. It’s not something separate from your life.

This reminds me that many physicians live by the concept of what I call the “physician expiration date”. You know, like some date stamped on the bottom of a can: Good until September 15, 2025. Then, all of a sudden, they are retired.

But yet, what happens to so many people who retire, when they lose that larger purpose, that work that somehow “interfered” (so the WSJ claims!) with life? They no longer have that work and they’ve lost the purpose for life.

Don’t fall into that trap.

It’s a trap that not only has an unfortunate payday when that big piece of your life called work is gone, but it’s also one that prevents you from taking on new challenges, from expanding your practice, from expanding your business.

Look, even if it were true that you had 12 months to live, would you want to stop doing anything new because your last day is about to come? I maintain that you wouldn’t.

Think about that. Think about how that actually intersects with your business strategy, your group’s business strategy, or your facility’s business strategy.

Take work life balance, turn it on its head, and make it pay off for you.

Comment or contact me if you’d like to discuss this post.

Mark F. Weiss

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