Are you successful in business based on the standard metrics of money and power? Most professionals would like to answer yes!
Do you also enjoy a successful balance between the demands of the job and your overall quality of life? If the answer is ‘no’, then you are not alone.
It seems most business folk are consumed with the first two metrics of success – the money and the power – and this pursuit lets their lives be wrapped up in things (like technology) that make them harried and stressed out. But business is redefining the metrics of success beyond those first two measurements.
The third metric of success – our overall quality of life, including good health – is gaining popularity as a requirement to help balance that work/life pendulum.
Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, said recently to a gathering of business people in Toronto: ‘we need to redefine how we judge success – beyond just money and power to include our own personal well-being.’ She says she is more effective and productive, not only with a good night’s sleep, but when she also includes meditation and yoga as components in the third metric to her success.
‘Companies are losing billions each year due to employee stress and absenteeism, and most of that can be prevented’, she said.
Business leaders are taking note and redefining success. They are tapping into an inner self that lowers stress and boosts creativity, productivity and even empathy. They are making time in their day to clear the calendar in order to clear the mind. This would suggest that quality of life – that new metric – in its full breadth of expression – starts with our thinking.
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