Why You'll Never Have Work/Life Balance

By on December 22, 2015 in Current Events, Leadership with 36 Comments

Do you ever feel like you’re cutting yourself in half? There’s the part of you that goes to work and the other part that tries to live your “real life” around the margins of that?

Let me ask you: How’s that working for you? If you’re like most folks I know, the struggle to achieve and maintain that elusive work/life balance is an exhausting uphill climb.

And it’s no wonder! You’re struggling in vain because I have some bad news for you: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS WORK/LIFE BALANCE!

Your work is part of your life and your life is part of your work. You cannot cut yourself in two parts and leave one part in the office and one at home. When you try to do that (and it never works, by the way) some part of you eventually begins to die.

When you wake up in the morning and aren’t excited about what you get to do that day, it’s a disservice not only to yourself, but also to the world – you’re not offering your best gift of service.

Everyone has a set of talents, skills, abilities, physical attributes, experiences, likes, dislikes, and even things other people call “flaws” that is unique to them. These are your unique and personal gifts. But when you’re not using your gifts in a way that creates the impact you are uniquely suited to make you feel out of balance, off kilter, sort of crunchy.

On the other hand, when you are truly giving your best gifts YOU LOVE IT! It feels fun, easy, and fulfilling. You don’t slog yourself through something out of some misplaced definition of “Duty.” You LOVE your work! It makes your heart sing! And while you may go home tired, it is that beautiful, contented kind of tired that comes from knowing you made a difference.

“Slogging through” and “sucking it up” are NOT signs of “giving your best”. When you’re “giving” from a place of sacrifice, you’re not really giving. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup and if it feels like “slogging,” trust me, that cup is empty!

But when you’re in alignment with your gifts, and giving from that place, you’re able to pour great things into the world. That’s the key to creating Work/Life balance. That is Greatness in Government.

So if you’re realizing that your cup is empty – and you’re looking for a way to refill it – I’ve got an opportunity for you. And it’s FREE! I’m cordially inviting you to join me on the Greatness In Government campus, a virtual campus of government employees that supports your gifts and understands the unique opportunities and challenges facing those of us in government service. Simply visit us at www.FreeGiftfromMartha.com and enter your name and best email address.

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About the Author

With more than 24 years as a federal employee, first as an active duty Army officer and later a Foreign Service officer, staff leadership instructor and professional coach, Martha understands what it means to simultaneously feel inspired by the desire to serve and stifled by the “needs of the service.” Martha is on a mission to create public institutions that ignite success, prosperity and joy for EVERYONE they touch – especially those in them.

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