The first decade of my career, I mistakenly believed I could obtain better results by pushing myself to my limits. I directed nearly all of my energy towards whatever professional goal was at-hand. I put forth as many hours and as much self-sacrifice necessary to achieve it. In the process, I minimized or sometimes completely disregarded my physical, emotional and mental health.
Most of the time, this approach seemed to work. I was delivering good results on deadline. I was getting promoted. So I kept forging ahead relentlessly. But this approach didn’t come close to working when it came to my health, relationships or well-being.
Too often, I found myself feeling used up. I had minimal, if any, time or energy to give to myself or others. In addition to accomplishing my goal, I accomplished stress, overwhelm, bodily exhaustion, poor health, and burn-out.
I vividly recall one vacation in particular. I had been working seven days a week for nearly a year on an intensely demanding project. At the last minute, I decided to arrive two days later than my friends so that I could get more work done. I stayed at work until 3:00am the morning of my departure. Once I made it to my destination, I immediately fell sick. My poor body was crying out to me, begging me to change my ways.
The workaholic model will not provide you with sustainable success in business or in life. It’s not even productive.
A secret success weapon
Thanks to the help of my executive coach, I discovered a secret success weapon. I tapped into the energy of a morning routine. Taking some “me-time” every morning to focus on self-care had a profound impact in all areas of my life.
My morning transformed from a mad, rushed mess to my favorite time of day. Once I fell into the rhythm of my morning routine, I noticed my results in work and life were improving, yet I was working less hours. And I felt exponentially better. I couldn’t believe it! How had I missed out on this amazing phenomenon all those years??! (Oh, I remember – I was too busy working!)
My morning routine not only allows me to magically do more with less, it positively enhances my mood, energy, creativity, interactions, and outlook on life in general.