One of my favourite quotes is by Michael J. Fox: “Family is not an important thing; it’s everything”.
As much I love my job and even with all the wonderful memories that have been created within this industry, the best moments in my life still occur when I am with family.
One of my top goals for this year is to establish a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. It is a dream come-true working as a personal trainer. I pinch myself every day because I still find it difficult to believe that I am doing something that I love so much. However, it is still a business; you have to make ends meet. There are still long, high-stress days. There are even days when absolutely nothing is going according to plan. My patience has been challenged at times, but it has never worn out.
Being strongly dedicated to your career is vital to achieve any desired level of success professionally. However, if your job is the only part of your life, this disturbing imbalance may very well lead to unhappiness in the long run. I have met numerous people who have not taken a vacation since they started their business. Even worse, a few of these individuals are so wrapped up in their work that they have not seen their family in years. I, obviously, cannot speak for everyone as there could be many confounding factors contributing to this lifestyle. Some things are beyond our control. But if all you know is your work, this may lead to hating the job that you love.
This is the last thing I would like to go through in my life. Although I do have a decent circle of close friends here on the Coast, my immediate family is in the Interior. In order to prevent burnout, loss of motivation and hunger to succeed, and to reinforce the easy-to-forget fact that there are other important aspects of my life, I am devoted to seeing my family and taking a few breaks away from the training studio more often this year.
Michael J. Fox’s quote rings in my head every day. There are plenty of jobs out there; your job and even your career can be modified or replaced. But you have just one family. Members of your family are not replaceable, in my opinion. However, the norm in today’s society seems to be 45-70 hour work weeks with little or no time to rest, let alone to see family. Family is a simple, yet important aspect of a person’s life that is so often overlooked because we are just ‘too busy’. We rely on family early on in life as we get to see them all the time. Once we reach the working years, the time in between family visits goes from days, to weeks, to months, or even to years.
Try not to let this happen. Live life with perspective and develop a habit of allocating your time to all important matters of life; not just one.