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Fulfillment@Work: WORKAHOLISM
November 5, 2000

Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
ISSN: 1533-3906


1. Feature Article: Workaholism
3. Tip of the Week: Bring Positives Into Your Life!

Feature Article

"I find myself working 60 or more hours each week. I have no time or energy for anything other than work. I don't see my family, I don't have time for friends or hobbies and I feel completely overwhelmed. I want more time and fulfillment in my life. I would rather divide my time between work, nature, people in my life and travel as opposed to oozing out meager samplings of these between work."

This is a common concern. People are working more hours than ever. They make a good income and are able to afford more material possessions but at the expense of their happiness and satisfaction. As the client above stated, she's unhappy, exhausted and creatively starved. What can be done?

Begin by simplifying your life. Look at all of the things that you tolerate that only serve to limit you and drain your energy. Make a goal to systematically eliminate them all from your life. Make an appointment with yourself this week. Mark it in your calendar and keep it as you would a regular appointment. Look at what you want from your life and what is standing in your way. Look at what unwanted energy drains you need to remove from your life to make this happen.

Do you need to pay off credit cards? Do you need to simplify your living situation? Can you incorporate a more flexible schedule so that you can have more time for fulfillment? Can you take a time management or organizing seminar so that you use your time more effectively?

Brainstorm and see what comes to mind. Make a plan with concrete action steps with deadlines and follow through. Get support. Talk to friends and colleagues to see if they are going through the same situation and help each other brainstorm solutions. Enlist the support of a coach to help you set and achieve practical goals and regain balance.

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Quotes of the week

"Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement."
~ Florence Scovel Shinn

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life's circumstances to push them down and hold them under."
~ Charles Swindoll

Tip of the Week
Bring Positives into Your Life!

Bring Positives into Your Life to Reinforce Greatness. Having negative energies in our lives can easily bring us down and encourage negativity in us. We've all had "energy vampires" for friends (and maybe even family too). We've all had workplaces or society environments that are filled with such negative energy that we almost literally have to be forced to go there. Take notice of these people and places and replace them with positive energies.

Talk to uplifting people, read inspiring literature and post inspiring quotes about your home or office. Paint a room, get new furniture, change jobs. Do whatever it takes to surround yourself with as many positives as you can and watch your life open up.

("Define and Land Your Dream Job Workbook, Joel Garfinkle. Available at the Dream Job Coaching Website).

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