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What Would a Win at Work and at Home Look Like for You?

I am doing a free webinar this Wednesday September 1st at 1pm EST for those of you coaches who are looking to get control of your chaotic calendar during this busy fall season.  If you can’t attend but want the information, register and I will send you the recording. 

One of the first steps I take my coaching clients though when I work with them 1 on 1 in trying to get control of their chaotic calendar, is we need to establish what their vital functions and priorities are. 

We need to get clear on what is important first, and then we come with a plan of action to get there.   

To do that, we start by creating a working definition of what it means to win at work and at home.

I think we would all agree that it’s impossible to get it all done so that can’t be our definition of success.

That’s why it is so important to create a better definition of what it means to win.

You don’t have to do it all to win at work and succeed at life.

Too many coaches are working with this belief and so live with a lot of stress, frustration, and overwhelm.

Instead, we have to define winning as achieving the things that matter most at home and at work.

I’m talking about the things that drive results and only you know what that means for you.

You get to define what success looks like. And thank goodness it doesn’t mean doing it all.

I love this quote by former Disney executive Ann Sweeney. She said to define success on your own terms and achieve it by your own rules. Build a life you’re proud to live.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty satisfying to me.

When you start to think about defining the win at work, here are a couple of questions to consider.

  1. What’s my unique contribution? What are the things that only I can do?
  2. Which of my activities drive the biggest results?

For me when I was a head coach, I knew I was winning at work when we were meeting or exceeding our recruiting goals. When our leadership group was growing in their leadership and effectiveness. Or when I was delegating the day-to-day tasks at a high level so I could focus on doing work that would affect the future of the program. Or when I was proactively growing my own leadership and our vision for the future of the program.

My win’s at work did not look like attending every meeting, or making every decision. That would have been impossible.

When you start to think about defining the win at home, here are a couple of questions to consider.

  1. Where can I invest my time to make the people I love feel loved by me?
  2. How do I want to be remembered by the people that matter the most to me?

For me, a win at home is about prioritizing my self-care outside or beyond social opportunities. It means being the one who opens the door for my kids at the end of the day when they’re home after school. It means eating dinner around our table and practicing gratitude and connection.

My win personally does not look like being PTO president or having a perfectly clean house all the time.  Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those.  That’s just not what my wins looks like.

That’s why you have to define your win.

How will you define your win at work and at home during this busy fall season?

We’ve got to decide which wins we’re going to pursue and which ones we’re not going to pursue so that we can invest our limited time for maximum return on investment.