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How to Beat the "Do More" Syndrome

Leaders are faced daily with workplace demands that require more effort, more time, and more results. However, the demand for "more" isn't always just the product of our work environment but can come from our own internal drives. That is a good thing but is there ever a time when it’s okay to say “enough?”

My work with leaders tells me there is but that it's nearly impossible to do. Leaders, it seems, see themselves as different from others in not only the ability but also the desire to do, to be more. Some find identity in their drive while for others it becomes a source of security. It can make drivenness once discovered, difficult to let go.

None of this is to say that we should fear our drive but embrace it as part of our uniqueness. Neither should we be controlled by it but determine when and for what it will be expended. If you're among the driven here's something that may work for you. It begins with a question:

What’s The Difference Between Rest And Restful?

STOP! This isn't the prescription where you take a vacation or more days off and things get better. Far from it because the fact is that it seldom works. Rest that becomes restful isn't about working more but being satisfied with its results.

We get there when we can see our efforts as sufficient for the task. Think about that. When is the last time that you walked away from any project on any day comfortable that you had done enough?

We get there when we believe that we can do no better. And this is the key. The ancients had it that our work, even the busyness, can be restful so long as we are able and willing at the end to say, "That's good work. I can do no better."

You don't have to turn off your drive or deny the unique person that you are. You don't have to "take a break" or go on vacation to find joy in what you do. Just agree with what you already know and that is that you did well.

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