Hey there, are you an overcommitted professional?
Hmmmm. Good question, right?
Here is a tip to help you answer that question. If you woke up this morning after sleeping less than your usual five hours because you were up
- writing that 5-page client report for this morning,
- finalizing the presentation for your team for this afternoon,
- baking and decorating two cakes for the school fair today (you’ll have to leave work early for that),
- planning and sending out the invitations to the fundraising dinner next week (which you are hosting),
- drafting the marketing communication for the afterschool program for inner-city kids that your church runs (you really want to help) AND
- cleaning out the fridge (someone had to do it),
yes, if this real-life scenario resembles you and your life in any way, it is highly possible and more than probable, that YOU are an overcommitted professional.
For busy professionals, because you have a natural tendency toward achievement and you love helping others as well, it isn’t always easy to recognize just how overcommitted and overextended you are until you reach the point of being completely overwhelmed, even to the point of burn-out.
By then, often not only is your career in danger, but a lot of damage has been done to your physical and mental health, your relationships and your life in general.
There are little tell-tale signs, that at first glance look harmless or even worse, smashingly positive.
Here is one little check that can be a strong indicator that you are overcommitted. Check your current résumé! Take a moment to have a look at your CV.
How many professional organizations do you list, of which you are currently an active member? More than three? More than five?
How many sporting and social clubs are you actively involved in at the moment? How many charitable or other community organizations do you actively support with your time and energy?
Chances are that what you have listed on your CV is only the tip of the iceberg. What about your children’s schools; are you still president of the PTA and Chairperson of the “Classics are Cool” Campaign, to raise funds for a grand piano for the music department of every school in your state?
Even if you checked off only one or two in each category, remember, it all adds up and then you add the responsibility and time and energy needed to manage a demanding job, an active family and the need for a little basic self-care on top of that!
Is this never ceasing state of activity, “always in motion and seldom in the moment”, really your idea of a life you love?
Maybe you are thinking, I really love all the things I do, so why should I give up what I love?
You don’t have to give up anything, unless you choose to do so. Just remember that if your hands (or your life) are filled to capacity, you can’t grasp something new, no matter how much you want it.
You can learn to sharpen your focus on what is most important to you at this time, so that you can really be present and live that now. Tomorrow, you may choose a new focus. You get to decide – in every given moment, you can choose.
An honest assessment of where you are and how satisfied you are with the life you are living, is the first step to creating the life you want. Once you are aware of the gaps between what is most important to you, your core values, and how you are actually living, it becomes easier to MAKE CHOICES that are aligned with your values and TAKE ACTION that is on course on your path to freedom and your ideal life.
If you are ready to break free from over-commitment and commit to a life you love, I am your Freedom Fighter for the overcommitted professional, here to help you MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Call me today at +49 176 556 19 122 for your no-cost consultation in English or German.