One of the things we do when working with EOS clients is set aside a small period of time for what we call “a segue”. We do this at the beginning of every session and it’s our formal way of recognizing the need for each of the leadership team members to leave their titles and egos at the door and transition into the mindset of collectively working for the greater good. Each person shares good news from both their business and personal lives which acknowledges the link between the two, but also serves to allow team members to learn a little bit more about each other on a personal level, an important part of developing team health.
It is rare that the personal side of the segue does not include a reference to one’s family. I usually take the opportunity to remind the team that while business is an important part of everyone’s life, without being grounded in our need to provide for and support our families, business is just business. It is a means to an end and that end is almost always the health and well-being of one’s family.
We receive reminders of this on a regular basis if we’re paying attention. Life has a way of sending us the signals. Our job is to keep a clear mind and be receptive to those. I myself was given this opportunity recently and I’m grateful that I was able to stay aware and appreciate the lessons to be learned.
Too often business gets to be so overwhelming that we tend to lose sight of the proper perspective. We find ourselves barely able to keep up with the constant distraction of e-mails, text messages, and urgent phone calls in fear that we may miss something important. This can and often does turn into a viscous cycle where we consume our time with the small things, leaving little or no time for the important ones. We allow ourselves to be fooled into thinking this busyness is actually productive, and we pride ourselves on keeping a constant frantic pace. We wake up one day to realize our lives are filled with what Steven Covey calls “urgent but unimportant” things and stress about how to fix that.
The next time you find yourself feeling this way, take a deep breath and ask yourself honestly, “Am I keeping the proper perspective?” The answer to that question can be liberating.