Are You Running on Empty?

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Are you running on empty

Now, as you read these words someone you lead, work for or love is running on empty.  Are you running on empty?  Are your people running on empty? Increasingly stressful work environments, heavy work loads and dwindling resources, cynicism and negativity from coworkers adds fuel to the job dissatisfaction, frustration and negativity that destroys our greatest purpose and potential from inside out.

Is your work environment becoming increasingly stressful or frustrating?  Is negativity creeping or invading your thoughts and impacting your actions?  Do you have difficulty reflecting upon your day and finding rewarding, meaningful experiences that made you feel on purpose? Are you questioning your career or life? Do you get up in the morning with an increasing feeling of dread or stress? Are you doing ‘just enough’ at work and life to get by, hoping that the next “miracle” course or turn of events will bring hope and positive change?

If you answered yes to one of the aforementioned questions, you are not alone. Studies tell us that if you are not running on empty, someone you know, lead, work for or love is.  The World Health Organization forecasts that stress will be the major cause of physical disability in the world by 2030, and depression the most common malady by 2020. These are not new forecasts, and they deserve our attention.  You can only hit a target you can see, and dumbing or numbing down the rapid growth of smart, capable, great people running on empty is the path to ultimate dismay and defeat.  The engine of economic and social survival and growth in this century is not controlling the mode of production, but actualizing human purpose and potential to think better, communicate/collaborate better and stoke the fire of meaning and purpose that will keep us moving forward at the speed of change, in the face of challenges, stressors even failures.

Signs of Running on Empty

  • Exhaustion

  • Reduced ability to feel sympathy and empathy

  • Anger and irritability

  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs

  • Dread of working with certain clients

  • Diminished sense of enjoyment of career

  • Heightened anxiety or irrational fears

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Hypersensitivity or insensitivity to emotional material

  • Difficulty separating work life from personal life

  • Absenteeism – missing work, taking many sick days

  • Presenteeism-being at work but not really contributing.

  • Problems with intimacy and in personal relationships

  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns

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What is the most important challenge you face?
Think about it, reflect upon it and decide whether your greatest challenge is other people, or yourself.  Do you need to change or shift a way of thinking, communicating or doing so that you can inspire yourself and others?  Is it time to start now to build a new skill set, a 3Q skill set that will help you think and lead smarter; feel and do better? Are you ready to fight negativity, fight depression, fight frustration by filling your tank?

Practical Advice!
Seize the day.  Make a critical shift forward by recognizing and actualizing your power to be the difference and to make a difference. I remain committed and dedicated to helping as many people as I can shift forward by learning to recognize and actualize strengths while transforming challenges into a lever for their greatest potential, happiness and success; their 3Q Edge™  Download Your Free E-book, Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times-A 3Q Primer

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