The family is a haven in a heartless world.
~ Christopher Lasch
Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.
~ Paul Pearshall
Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family. Having both – is a blessing.
~ Donna Hedges
There is a true story about a great leader who was well respected throughout his community. It was expected that he maintain a certain dignity about him at all times. One time he was discovered playing sports with some young men in his area and was criticized for this. The gentleman replied that he was like a bow and if a man kept his bow stringed up all the time it would lose its spring. It was good to unstring the bow once in a while in order to preserve the spring in the bow.
This same story can be applied to most executives. There is a certain pressure to always be on and accessible, working hard and showing through example that you are focused and committed to achieve results. Are you one of those executives sending emails late and night and early in the morning? How about one that sneaks a few on the weekend? I admit I do this more often than I should, but I’m doing by best to remember to focus on and enjoy what is most important in my life.
As we arrive at the weekend, I encourage you again to exhale and focus on your family. The role of an executive leader can be filled with great pressure and anxiety. There is much expected of you. Many people want of your time and attention. However, when you really think about it, the most important people in your life who need your time and attention is your family.
Take time today to focus on your family. When I say focus, I mean truly focus. This doesn’t mean attending one of their athletic events and still checking email on your phone while in the stands. It means engaging in them and their lives. It means listening. It means exploring. It means laughing with them, playing games with them and just being with them, fully present.
As you do this, you will remember what is truly the most important things in life. You will experience happiness and joy, which is the key ingredient in the recipe for renewal that you need to face the next week.
Choose to focus on your family.