The Power Duo: Success and Wellbeing
The pursuit of success is a common goal for many of us and something that I work with clients on in reference to their careers. However, what we want to achieve often impacts other areas of our lives and wellbeing, although we don't always include this in our goals for or definition of success.
To feel truly fulfilled, I would suggest that we need to look at our lives as a whole to define our own version of success and set goals based on this. The foundation for achieving this should be investment in our wellbeing.
What's the Connection Between Success and Wellbeing?
Numerous studies have explored the relationship between success and wellbeing, and the results consistently suggest that these two factors are intrinsically linked. Here are some key findings:
Positive Psychology and Performance
Research has shown that individuals with a positive outlook and higher levels of wellbeing tend to perform better in various areas of life. Positive emotions enhance cognitive function, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and decision-making skills, all of which contribute to success.
Resilience and Achievement:
Wellbeing is closely associated with resilience, which is the ability to bounce back from setbacks and adversities. Successful individuals often face challenges, and their capacity to handle stress and difficulties determines their overall progress.
Social Support and Success:
Strong social connections and support networks are important for both success and wellbeing. People who have a robust support system are more likely to achieve their goals and maintain their emotional balance during challenging times.
Fulfilment and Purpose:
True success is not solely defined by external achievements; it also involves a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Wellbeing is deeply intertwined with finding meaning in what one does, leading to a more satisfying life overall.
How can we Balance Success and Wellbeing?
Based on the research, it could be said that finding a balance between success and wellbeing is the key to leading a fulfilling life. Here are some ways to achieve this balance:
Set Realistic Goals: Aim for goals that align with your values and passions. Unrealistic or misaligned goals can lead to burnout and negatively impact your wellbeing.
Prioritise Self-Care: Dedicate time to self-care activities that promote physical and mental health, such as exercise, meditation, and recreation. Taking care of yourself enhances productivity and happiness.
Cultivate Positive Relationships: Invest time and effort in building and maintaining strong relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. Social support contributes significantly to both success and wellbeing.
Practice Gratitude: Regularly express gratitude for the positive aspects of your life. Grateful individuals tend to be happier and more successful due to their positive mindset.
Learn from Failures: Embrace failures as learning opportunities and stepping stones towards success. Resilience in the face of setbacks is crucial for sustained progress.
Time Management: Efficiently manage your time to strike a balance between work, personal life, and leisure. Avoid overworking to prevent burnout.
A final word:
Through finding a healthy balance between Success and Wellbeing we can perhaps find the fulfilment we are looking for...
And so, when looking at goals for your quarter or year ahead, perhaps pause and review not just your career but your life as a whole.
- What are your values for life?
- How do these values impact the goals you have?
- What elements of your wellbeing could better support your success?
- What action can you take today to invest in your wellbeing and success?
Let me know how you get on ;0)
And remember, success is not just about reaching the destination; it's also about enjoying the journey along the way.