Is the Quest for More Killing You?

  • I’m working 14 hour days and have 9 clients, as soon as I hit 10 I won’t take on any more.
  • I’m making $6000 a month, as soon as I hit $8000 I’ll start taking more time off.
  • I should get my client an appreciation gift…nah, I shouldn’t spend my hard earned money on that right now, maybe after another couple of months.
  • I’m working on a lot of different things for my clients, I really should bring in other specialists to help, but then I have to pay them and I’ll make less money each month… screw it, I can do it all myself.
  • I really need a holiday, damn it’s been a while, but I guess I should wait until I’ve got a bit more in the bank.

The list goes on and on….

We all put things off. Make excuses and find creative ways to rationalize our decisions.

The problem is that in almost all of these cases your initial feeling is right and your rationalization is wrong.

If you believe that you should send a little thank you gift to your clients – DO IT! Don’t wait around and think about it…just get it done.

If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and exhausted it’s probably a good time to take a break and relax a little.

Sure, you may make a little less than you would otherwise in the short-term…yet your body, mind and soul will thank you and it’ll pay dividends in the long-term.

How do you recommend dealing with issues like these?

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  • Rick Peters

    Hi Michael this is a great post and very true. Honestly I'm not that sure how to deal with this. Lots of people probably are challenged by it.

    • Rick – thanks for the comment. I've found the best way to manage this is usually to follow your gut instinct and act on it without letting your mind keep pulling you. As mentioned in the post, consultants often set goals and work towards them, only to keep setting new ones when they reach their initial target. That's a great thing…but if it's getting in the way of mental or physical health – that can be a problem.

  • Anytime you start rationalizing it's time to step back and ask why. Rationalization is the thing that always gets you in trouble.

    great post

    • Perry – thanks for the comment and glad you enjoyed the post!