If you’re a CEO, CFO, COO or similar, you can be forgiven for thinking that today’s massive technology upheaval means everything is new.
You’re wrong though.
Technology may keep changing, but the purpose it serves remains largely unaffected.
Who doesn’t want a better tomorrow and a brighter digital future in our increasingly technological society?
It’s what the CEO, COO, CFO et. al. are leading the team towards right?
One would hope so, but what if they’re not?
We’ve all felt it. The external, invisible power that drives us to do things we don’t really want to, just ‘in case we miss out’.
All it takes is a blink, and suddenly our lives are full of over stimulation and information overload.
We’re bombarded with marketing messages that tell us all the things that are wrong with us, how we got ourselves into the ‘mess’ we’re in, and of course, the exact steps we need to follow so we can ‘turn our lives around’.
It’s like a massive black void sitting right in front of us.
It’s wide and gaping and terrifying.
… What if we take a step in the wrong direction?
… What will that mean?
… How will it look?
… What will people think?
We’re so afraid to step out of line, to get things wrong … to fail and have everyone see.
Did we ever really know what ‘normal’ life was?
Every day was full of noise and chaos, and we sped through everything without taking most of it in. We became unconscious about our actions, reactions and the impact that we were making – on both people around us and our planet.
It was hard to breathe, but we pushed through anyway.
Life can change in the blink of an eye.
One minute, you’re enmeshed in everything you have going on, rushing from one responsibility to the next and barely remembering to breathe, because you have that much on your plate. In the next moment, everything is shattered, you’re broken and you can’t stop crying.
I knew I was exhausted. I knew I needed to make some changes. What I didn’t know was that ignoring these two things could have such extreme impact.
Do you wish your life was simpler? Here’s what you need to know:
Most of us have been taught that we have to push ourselves in order to be able to achieve anything significant.
The old saying: ‘No pain – no gain’ has morphed into ‘No stress – no success’.
We’re driven to achieve, to succeed quickly and in a way that is highly visible, so that we can provide social ‘proof’ of our success.
We’re caught in a highly demanding way of living – one where we respond to demands from all corners of life at the same time.
We’ve been taught for decades that being stressed is normal.
There’s a perception that if you’re not stressed, then you’re not working hard enough, and the pressure is piled on for you to ‘lift your game’.
If others around you are struggling under the weight of the things they need to deliver, but you’re sailing along and having a jolly good time, then you’re not a team player.
So many of us spent so much of 2020 desperately wishing that the 1st of January 2021 would hurry up and be with us.
We were hit – and hit hard – but somehow we held onto the hope that 2021 would be better.
Now, here we are … already six months of 2021 gone and we’re experiencing more of the same. Face masks, lockdowns, restricted movement and restraint on life in general.
Every day is a battle between finding time and getting everything done.
Some days it feels like you’re a magician, magicking things out of nowhere, moving through time that doesn’t exist, putting out spot fires, dealing with the demands of staff, customers, suppliers.
It never ends.
It’s stressful. More stressful than you could ever have imagined. There are so many people relying on you, and it’s impossible for you to imagine ever letting any of them down.