In my experience, I do my best work in environments where my personal values and talents can thrive.
Environments where who I AM is appreciated, not just the work product, or skills they think I bring to the table, or how many hours I put in at the office.
Work and life are not separate things to be balanced.
Work IS part of life.
Too much energy spent in one segment makes everything lopsided and impacts the whole.
Hate what you do? Hate where you do it? Don’t care about the people you do it with?
That impacts your health, your ability to re-energize yourself, your relationships with everyone around you, and your self-esteem.
I’ve even watched as the raspberry bushes in my backyard migrated from their original location within a bricked plot to 3 feet away to where the pear tree used to stand.
If the plants can move to more supportive environments, you can too.
Why else is it important to make sure you are in a supportive environment?
Remember Jim Rohn’s saying – “You are the average of the five people you spend time with?”
What are the characteristics of those people?
Where are the similarities? Uncomfortable, isn’t it?
I’ve learned over the past few years that when I can see up close someone who has gone where I want to go, it seems more attainable. Especially when I get to watch them as they go through the process.
On the flip side, when I find myself in toxic environments – everything shifts towards toxicity. It requires that much more energy to maintain focus on goals and the positive things in my life.
The struggle may be real, but it is not entirely necessary.