How Much is Enough?

May 10, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

In the face of a rude person or a loud kid or a disruptive employee, have you ever turned with intensity and said, “Enough!” When you have become excessively clingy, competitive, busy or accumulating, have you ever barked that word to yourself?

What will it take for you to tell yourself, “Enough, already”? How much is enough: of success, money, excitement, stuff? What drives your work and consumption goals? Do you know? What’s really important? What’s the cost of your pursuit of more?

These are important questions. Asking the questions help you determine your values and help you course-correct on the path to getting what really matters to you.

Setting aside limiting beliefs to find balance

The answers to these questions are essential to basic things like financial, career, and retirement planning. Knowing feeds your drive to “have more”, and could very well make the difference between forever striving but never reaching your goals, and finding peace and fulfillment with your career and your life.

The beliefs that inform our answers to the “enough” questions come from our experiences and conditioning from our family and culture. If you grew up in a family where your parents struggled to pay the mortgage every month, your relationship to money may be colored by that experience, forcing you to place financial security and wealth accumulation above other values that could be more rewarding.

If you grew up with a “silver spoon in your mouth,” you may find it difficult to find and commit to a purpose in life, meaningful work, and a satisfying, productive career.

Our negative perceptions and related feelings from our childhood are carried with us into adulthood and become limiting beliefs until they are healed and integrated. They restrict our understanding of what’s possible for us to achieve; our potential and our ability to live fulfilling lives. They drive us to make choices as adults that actually confirm our limiting beliefs. This self-fulfilling cycle can be broken.

A large and growing number of people today seem to be looking for something else in their lives; something other than what our culture defined for us as success, and finding ways to move beyond their limiting beliefs and redefining “enough” in order to discover more simplicity, sustainability, and fulfillment. The cosmic joke is that when we are fully present, fully living in the right now, there is always enough. Let me know if you have found something different to be the case.

Have you decided that “enough is enough” in your life? How did you overcome your own limiting beliefs to reach for a new, more fulfilling outlook and increased balance in your work and life?

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Executive coach, top team facilitator, author and speaker. I work with individual leaders and their teams to help navigate personal and professional transitions and to increase leadership capacity and improve communication and relationship skills. I founded my coaching firm in 2001 following 12 years asa CEO. Check out more on me and my coaching process in my book "The Business of Wanting More: Why Some Executives Move from Success to Fulfillment and Others Don't"

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