Do you feel really alive, like you are making the most of your life, living every day to the full, doing what you love, and loving what you do, or do you feel you are struggling on the treadmill of life simply to exist, or feeling that even though to everyone else, your life looks like the epitome of success, it doesn’t feel like it to you?
In the western world, there is a huge amount of pressure, stress, worry, anxiety and unhappiness, and it seems to affect everyone from the young to the old. “Depression is the top cause of youth disability, and suicide is the third largest cause of death in 10 to 19-year-olds according to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) report on the health of adolescents”. “An Australian national survey in 2014 found that one in five girls in the country aged between 16 and 17 were suffering from a major depressive disorder, one in six had self-harmed and one in 20 had attempted suicide”. (Source: BBC Website 30/11/2015). Suicide has apparently now overtaken childbirth and pregnancy, as the leading cause of death globally for adolescent girls. “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50. A hundred men die a week. It is more prevalent than at any time in the last 14 years and men are four times more likely to end their own lives than women”. (Source: BBC Website 13/04/2015)
“More than two fifths of employers have seen increase in workers reporting conditions such as depression or anxiety, according to CIPD research.” (Source: Guardian Newspaper 16/09/2015).
We live in the most technologically advanced, and connected time in history, but it appears that more people are feeling, lonely, isolated and disconnected than ever before. People can have large number of supposed friends on social media, but very few in real life; people who are there for you in the good times and the bad times.
In the old days, life might have been harder, but it was invariably simpler. Complexity and continual change is stressful for many, yet progress and knowledge growth, has accelerated exponentially. We have been conditioned to strive for success, yet many of the most financially successful people, at the top of their game, are amongst the unhappiest and most stressed. An article in the Times Newspaper in the UK (30/11/2015), talking about a Odgers Berndstson, Lonely at the Top Poll, revealed “executives battle burnout”. In 2011 Antonio Horta Osorio, Lloyds Banking Group’s CEO checked himself into the priory clinic because of sleep deprivation. In 2013, Sir Hector Sants, resigned from Barclays as Head of Compliance, after apparently suffering from exhaustion and stress. In 2015, Sam Smith, stockbroker finnCapp’s CEO, apparently had to take time off as she struggled with the demands of looking after a baby that slept badly, and the demands of running a company.
If you are feeling like your life is not great, you are not alone. Many people are frightened to speak up because they feel it will be seen as a sign of weakness, that might impact their career and life chances, so they put on a brave face and keep going. They also don’t see any choice other than to simply carry on.
I say enough is enough, it is time for change, not a small change, but a big change, in fact a complete “game change” to be precise.
If you are like most other people, a few decisions earlier in your life, set your entire career on the path that you are on today, in fact, it probably started at school. For some people, that path is perfect, but for a great many others it isn’t. If you feel stuck, trapped, out of place, unfulfilled, unhappy, you are not alone. What is really scary is how easy it is to drift through your life, in zombie mode, and later be full of regrets, with hindsight, wishing you had done something different. What you need is foresight; to ignite the passion in your heart, the spirit for living, and the belief that you can live the career and life of your dreams. It is never too late to make the most of the time that you have left in your life.
You need to “game change”, to see things differently, think differently and act differently, to take back real control, and set yourself the goal to achieve the career and life of your dreams.
I’ve been experimenting, researching and studying, to discover what you need to do, to achieve that, for my new book: “Career and Life Game Change”. I’m currently looking for a cadre of people who are up for the challenge of game changing their life and career, who will support and be supported by likeminded people, who are ready to embark on an exciting new adventure, to spice up their lives, to feel passionate and energised again, and to make a difference in the world.
If you are interested in being one of these people, or if you’d like a sneak preview of my new book, email me with your contact details and current situation: firstname.lastname@example.org .