Sometimes we just sweep career and finance issues under the rug.
Other times, we act like lottery winners! Who are we? Call us the “Income and Outgo Avoiders,” and we are a large tribe.
Career and finances are a joyful topic for some. Plenty of people are stellar budget-keepers and career-advancement heroes. Do you fit into that team? Other people may be more casual about their career and finances, hoping everything will work out in the end. If you are avoiding your own monetary realities, it may be a big stressor in your life. A tenet of holistic wellness is to give conscious awareness to key adult duties, and in regards to career and finances, our relationship with money makes a difference in how good we feel.
In my series about Primary Nourishment, today’s post includes the fourth of eight menu options I’d like to share with you on Thursdays!
What do I mean by Primary Nourishment? It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary in regards to self-care. The next item on my coaching menu is feeling nourished by celebrating our relationship to wealth, health and right-livelihood.
PRIMARY NOURISHMENT MENU OPTION: Career and Finances
If you’ve ever felt out of balance regarding your relationship with money, how you earn a living, or the art of creating work/life balance, you may have also felt significant effects on all aspects of your life. Can we create harmony in our life and establish a healthy rhythm that is sustainable and feels good? Here are my five favorite tips to help bring both home and work life into balance, and along the way, create a nourishing relationship with our Wealth Mindset.
Care for Yourself
- You cannot continue doing work or being present for others at home or at work in any dedicated way if you are not well taken care of. This care-taking goes beyond sleeping in on Sundays. A daily habit of self-care that includes body, mind and spirit is what I’m referring to here.
- Allow yourself to be appropriately and highly compensated for your good work. Many people feel like they are settling for less because they aren’t sure they deserve more. Sound familiar?
- Build time into your schedule to indulge in things you love to do that nourish you.
Establish Good Boundaries — at Home and at Work
- What are your working hours? Can you honor your time off and truly unwind?
- Clear communication about your availability is a gift to yourself as well as it is to those who count on you.
- Healthy boundaries will improve your quality of life and relationships with others.
Accept that you are not the “Be All and End All” for Others
- Conserve your energy by limiting the amount of “back and forth” between tasks and responsibilities at home and at work. Multi-tasking can actually zap your productivity.
- Maintain focus and dedication to the plans you’ve made today. When we let the needs of others pull our focus away from our goals and plans, no one is truly served.
- The art of delegation is a beautiful thing. Healthy leaders are always eager to empower others to step up to the plate and enjoy their talents and strengths.
Get Support from Family, Friends and Kind Strangers
- Communicate your vision and goals, and include ways in which others can help in a win-win manner.
- You will be accountable to others when they know of the targets you are aiming for–keeping your plans a secret makes it easier to give up.
- Many women find it much easier to offer help than to ask for help. Have you exercised your “Asking Muscle” recently?
Create a three-year Plan to Develop your Career
- Have you ever spoken with a career counselor?
- Do you feel like there are more satisfying jobs, yet you don’t have a plan regarding your education or skills?
- Does the little kid in you still wish your could be something special when you grow up?
When I think back over my Wealth Mindset and all the interesting ways I’ve earned a living over the years, I know that I am still interested in challenging my concept of who I am in the world. My dad used to tell me, “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor.” Have you ever noticed that there are some wealthy people who seem to live an impoverished life? There are also some folks of modest means who feel like they have the world by a string, and live each day in absolute gratitude! My wish for you and me is that we both assume our power position (I like the Wonder Woman pose!) and fully face the work/life balance that we’ve created up to this point. By being conscious of all that is, and taking time to feel real gratitude while we practice self-care, our career and finances can be a nourishing part of our daily living.