As we head deeper into Winter, the long dark nights draw us inward to look at what really matters to us: ask yourself - "How much does my internal compass direct my outward lives: career, finances, family, social life and play?"
Now is a good time to take stock, and reflect on how much time is spent "doing something", rather than doing something worthwhile. It’s a trap many of us fall into, being busy but not productive can lead to stress, which stifles our creative thinking, rather than positive tension which helps propel you to a new and exciting outcome.
The realisation that there is a key difference between tension and stress is critical when making decisions about your career. At just the right amount of stress, in the form of positive tension, performance is optimal. There is a ‘comfort zone’ where you are coping well with the stressors you are experiencing.
A little bit of stress is good for you, however, there is a point at which the stressors start to have a negative effect: you are no longer coping well and fatigue sets in.
Beyond this point, stress increases, and results in reduced performance and if allowed to continue, it will lead to exhaustion, ill health, and eventually breakdown in both your workplace activities and your wellbeing.
The best way to avoid this is to increase your capacity for positive tension, do things both professionally and personally that aligns with your core values, seek our collaborations and projects that matter to you and get a supportive team around you.
If you strive to be a happy, fulfilled, honest, confident, empowered and principled person, surround yourself with people who are the same. Energies like this are contagious! Go where the energy is - if something feels sticky and stagnant - walk away - if it feels like you are sailing or dancing - stick with it. Experiment and have fun, try new things, but if they feel wrong, don’t be shy about walking away!
So for the rest of 2018 - we say - bring it on!! Challenge us with your problems, issues and inspire us with your passions and dreams. We want to support you to have the best creative working life you can.
One of the pillars of wellbeing is having a sense of purpose, most often experienced in our working life. If you feel that this area has been neglected for a while, or needs some fine-tuning, please drop us a line, so we can help you create positive tension and maximum joy!