Today's guest blogger is Mark Moses, Entrepreneur and CEO Coach at CEO Coaching International.
How much time do you spend working? How about playing? If you’re like most people, you may answer these questions by assessing how many hours you spend at work and at leisure. But if that is the way you view your work-life balance, you are probably suffering. While many of us work hard so that we can disconnect and play hard, the coexistence of work and play may create a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Most people report having a hard time separating their business and personal lives. And maybe that’s okay. We can’t be happy in our personal lives if we are miserable at work, and vice versa. By allowing work and play to coexist, we can enjoy both more. If your work and life are encompassed by a greater vision, you will feel passionate and excited about each day. Here are three ways to help work and play coexist:
Spend Time with Energizers
Research has shown that the quality of our relationships determines our happiness. The people you work with on a daily basis will impact your quality of life, but also who you become over time. As Jim Rohn taught, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” For this reason, you should always be seeking ways to work and play with a stronger group of peers who energize, instead of drain you. Collaborate with the coworkers you enjoy and find a mentor you admire. In your off time, hang out with people who inspire you and ditch the friends and relatives who bring you stress.
Learn to Say No
In my thirties, I was in the bad habit of saying yes to any invitation that came along to mingle, fundraise, or network. I ended up spreading myself too thin, distracted, and exhausted. I recommend prioritizing the goals you haven’t reached yet and saying no to opportunities and events that do not get you closer to your goals. By acknowledging what you want, you can keep your eyes open for opportunities where work and play may intersect. Over time, the goals on your list will create clarity in your life and it will be easier to say no to distractions.
Find Your Passion
A favorite quote from an unknown source summarizes the coexistence of work and play perfectly, “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he is always doing both.”
If you haven’t found a job that aligns with your passion yet, keep looking. Your true calling will align what you love to do, what you are good at, and what you find important. Joining your work with your values will give you new energy and conviction towards your work. When you find your purpose, you will know and work will feel like play. Once you find what you love to do, every day will feel like Saturday.
Often, work and play don’t coexist in our lives because we expect them not to mix. However, top performers in business, athletics, and philanthropy show us that intertwining business and pleasure is powerful in achieving monumental goals. Start today by expecting to find ways to enjoy your work more and do more of what you love. Over time, you’ll wake up with a life you love.
About Mark Moses
Mark Moses is the Founding Partner of CEO Coaching International and the Amazon Bestselling author of Make Big Happen. His firm coaches over 100 of the world's top high-growth entrepreneurs and CEO's on how to dramatically grow their revenues and profits, implement the most effective strategies, becoming better leaders, grow their people, build accountability systems, and elevate their own performance. Mark has won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Blue Chip Enterprise award for overcoming adversity. His last company ranked #1 Fastest-Growing Company in Los Angeles as well as #10 on the Inc. 500 of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. He has completed 12 full distance Ironman Triathlons including the Hawaii Ironman World Championship 5