Dr. Suzie Carmack,
How Well Are You and Your Team Thriving Today?
When you work in a profession that demands extraordinary things from you day in and day out, work/life balance and well-being can get especially complicated. That's because people like you and I are so committed to Serving the public through the work that we do, and to taking care of the people on the teams that we lead, that we often put our self-care and personal well-being needs last.
We tell ourselves we'll get to that self-care thing once everything else, and everyone else taken care of...
And while doing this can seem like a necessary decision because our days are so full with our work and life responsibilities -- I can tell you both from my research and from my personal real-world experience with burnout and compassion fatigue, that this decision to put your self-care last for "just one more day" can quickly become a bad decision over time.
That's because our decision to put our self-care last so that we can get the job done can easily (and often unknowingly) create a stress contagion that can effect both you and your team.
Soon we are no good to anyone -- the people we're trying to Serve through our work, the teams we're trying to lead, and the family and friends that we love. We feel that we are barely surviving, and nowhere near thriving in all that we do.
I don't share this to make you or anyone else to feel worse...I share this because I know first-hand what this feels like because I experienced it....which is highly ironic since I study and support people in thriving and other dimensions of work/life balance and well-being in my work.
Simply put - the decision to put our work first day in, and day out, in order to do good in the world, ends up doing more harm than good to ourselves and our team.
The good news is that we now have the science to explain why this pattern can so easily happen to people like us who work in what I call the Serving professions -- the fields of healthcare, education, medicine, law and military Service. We also have the science we need to get us out of these dangerous decisions, and to thrive no matter how busy we are -- and I personally think the public needs to know more about this science so we can all find the well-being solution that we need.
That's why I have dedicated my own work to helping leaders and professionals like you, to share with you the science base of your very unique coping needs, and to help you to develop a practical strategy based on science to successfully address them. In my books, coaching practice, coach training program and speaking events, I am honored to help you to thrive --no matter how much the world asks of you through the important work that you do.
I look forward to connecting soon, so that together we can make your well-being happen -- and create a culture of well-being for you AND your team!