What constitutes thriving in life, work and business is something that each person should define for themselves, based on things like their values, what matters most to them, the way they want to live and work, and how they want to feel.
Using your own definition of thriving to make decisions, choices and changes can keep you on the right path to feel you are thriving ongoing.
Even with that in place, there are some common obstacles to thriving that affect most people at some time. They include things like feeling overwhelmed, being over-busy and feeling like you don’t have enough time.
To help you effectively deal with some of the most common obstacles to thriving in your life, work and business, here are five practical things you can do:
5 Ways to Thrive in Life, Work and Business
1. Commit to finding ways to eliminate or reduce what makes you feel overwhelmed.
All too often people accept feeling overwhelmed as just a by-product of modern day life and work. But it doesn’t have to be.
Believing that overwhelm is just a part of the way things are can stop you from thriving. That is because it can lead to tolerating things that make you feel overwhelmed for weeks, months and even years, without taking action to do anything about it or to find a solution.
What you tolerate persists. Stop tolerating.
Make a decision to stop tolerating feeling overwhelmed and the things that contribute to that. Take some time to get clarity on exactly what is making you feel overwhelmed. Then, commit to being proactive with finding solutions for each one and take action to deal with them effectively.
You will feel you are thriving more in all areas of your life when you stop tolerating what doesn’t serve you and focus on dealing with overwhelm proactively and effectively.
2. Take back control of your time
Often, people feel like they are not thriving because they are over-busy and don’t have enough time.
But that isn’t strictly true. Everyone has the same 24 hours. It is just that people who are thriving approach time with a different mindset, attitude, behaviours and habits than those who aren’t.
Often the real source of the problem are things like trying to do more than is possible in the time you have, distractions, lack of planning, bad habits, poor personal effectiveness and weak boundaries for yourself and others.
This shows up in behaviours like overscheduling, not operating by a strategic plan and schedule, endless interruptions, taking on too much, not saying “no” enough, wasting time on things like email, Facebook, the internet, cell phones and binge watching TV etc.
So, the reality is that often people have given up control of their time, not that they don’t have enough time.
All of the things that steal your precious time don’t just happen without your consent. They are things you are allowing to happen. Choose to take back control of your time.
Eliminate distractions. Create good habits. Identify how you could improve your personal effectiveness.
Decide to stop wasting time. It is your most valuable asset. Treat it as such.
A good start point is to do a time audit. Keep a record of what you spend your time on each day. At the end of each week summarise it and review it. Use that information to look for changes you can make or things you can do to start taking back control of your time.
Deal with your time stealers effectively and you will start to feel like you are less busy and have more time.
3. Set strong boundaries and stick to them.
Strong boundaries protect what matters most. And when what matters most is protected you thrive.
On the other hand, when you have weak boundaries you are risking allowing what matters less to negatively impact things that matter more. That can sabotage the results you most want to achieve.
So, if you are really committed to thriving more in your life, work and business, look where your boundaries are weak, or even non existent.
Set strong boundaries that will support you with thriving. Implement them. Stick to them.
4. Create a structure and framework to get you on track and keep you on track.
People who are thriving in their life work and business have systems, procedures, rituals, processes and a strong structure and framework to work within. It supports them with thriving ongoing.
If this is an area you neglect start giving it some focus. What do you need to put in place that will help you thrive ongoing?
5. Make building and protecting mental and physical energy a priority.
You can’t thrive in your life, work or business if you are constantly feeling mentally and physically wiped out.
Yet that is the state many people exist in.
Not only does that rob you of thriving, it also has a negative impact on countless other things like achieving goals, decision making, creative thinking, personal effectiveness, quality of work, communication and relationships, to name but a few.
When you start to prioritise the things that boost your mental and physical energy and address the things that drain it, everything transforms and you thrive.