#9 WORK
Bigger, Better, Faster, More

“We won’t have work-life balance until we feel safe in the place that we live and safe in the place that we work.”

– Simon Sinek

For entrepreneurs, work is often the default escape.

There is always more to do, there are never enough hours in the day, everyone is counting on you, and you can justify your obsession 100 ways.

In some cases, work can truly be a saving grace means of positive escape. When your personal life comes undone, for example, you can lean into work for strength and stability; but far too often, we use work as an escape from friendships, personal relationships, parenting, and living a full, three-dimensional life.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Think about your work habits in the past year. When did you use work as an escape? When was it a positive? A negative?

TIP: there are no generalization that apply. For some, a 20-hour work week is way too much, for others, a 60-hour week is just not enough escape time. Think about your work ad your life in relation to who you are, and more importantly, who you would like to become.


IN YOUR JOURNAL

#1. Positive escapes (past year).

#2. Negative escapes (if any).

#3. How do you want to show up in the world? (next year)


TIME KEEPER
5-Minutes to write
3-Min/person to share
Optional questions after each share
Everyone shares one takeaways after everyone has shared
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
GESTALT |
Speak from experience only, use “I” statements instead of “you.” Speak in past tense. Avoid the “should, would, or could.” Avoid generalities, be specific.

CONFIDENTIALITY |
What happens and what is shared in EO Forum stays in EO Forum.

PHONES OFF |
Turn off your phone during sessions.

NO SPECTATORS |
Participation is mandatory, no “flies on the wall.”

OPEN UP |
For best results, embrace honestly and vulnerability.