These cycles can happen to the best of us. We get onto a freeway going the speed limit, and within weeks or months find ourselves on the Autobahn. 60MPH becomes 90MPH. Soon thereâ€™s no off ramp, because youâ€™re so embedded in what you think you â€œhaveâ€ to do, you forget where youâ€™re even going. Soon, the hobbies and extras disappear from life – an hour of email on aÂ SundayÂ turns into six. Work feels like itâ€™s got you on a leash – you can bark or you can get pulled – but unhooking never crosses your mind. Whether we get addicted to feeling needed and necessary, or find ourselves drowned in â€œpassionâ€ projects that steel precious life real estate, or engage with clients who need more than they can pay for, thereâ€™s no good reason to feel busted at the seams. Correction -Â there is a good reasonÂ – and that reason is to see the ultimate failure in it, and to get your life back. Itâ€™s whatÂ EssentialistÂ authorÂ Greg McKeownÂ calls â€œprotecting the asset.â€ That asset is you.
Yes, thereâ€™s so much to do.
Yes, you have so much potential!
Yes, they need you and want you and are likely better for having you.
But without you, thereâ€™s no to-do, potential, client, product, message…
This book came at the right time for me. If you find yourself over delivering, over and over, and sitting at your desk at some point feeling over it, itâ€™s time to read this big little life saver.
I know, #Overkill. But truth.