Many of today’s leaders, CEO’s and executives live their lives in a state of rush. Rush to catch up with time, rush to make more money, rush to stay ahead of the competition, rush to climb up the ladder and gain more power and prestige. They may be perceived as successful and meet all the external measures of success, but when you dig in and go deeper, you may find signs of chronic stress, broken relationships, health issues, lack of meaning and purpose, and a general state of unhappiness and unrest.
In my work with high performing leaders, I get the pleasure and honor to be their trusted advisor. Very soon after our conversation begins, and in response to a few penetrating questions, they drop their shields and show their true sense of frustration and dissatisfaction. It is lonely at the top, and they don’t get very many chances to speak about their deepest fears, desires and frustrations. This is where the real work begins. And we start exploring and co-creating a new possibility where they not only can lead a fulfilling life, but also can be more successful in their field of focus beyond their expectations.
This book sets the foundation for this work. In my personal experience, and in working with my clients, I have discovered that to create a truly fulfilling and balanced life, three ingredients of joy, impact and abundance need to be present simultaneously. It is like a 3-legged stool, where if one of the legs is weak or short, the structure is not stable. It is living inside the intersection of these three key ingredients that a life of flow and fulfillment is achieved. The state of rush for constantly doing more is shifted to a state of being in the flow, where thoughts, words and actions are synergistically and harmoniously aligned toward a meaningful purpose. In this state of being, we gain access, and operate from, our own innate creativity, wisdom and resourcefulness. We get to push less and get more done.
Leaders who lack the joy aspect, seem to conduct a mechanical and dull life. Leaders who lack the impact aspect, seem to conduct a life void of meaning and may feel empty inside. Leaders who lack the abundance aspect, seem to constantly struggle with limitations, restrictions and financial pressures.
My intention in writing this book was to make it as short, concise and practical as possible. The book is divided into four parts; each part focusing on a core topic of joy, impact, abundance, and freedom. Each part starts with an exploration of core concepts and insights, followed by a set of practical exercises and practices to help integrate the core concepts into daily life. And each part ends with a set of tools and resources that can help the reader go deeper into the subjects. The intention is not to add information, but to provide a framework for transformation.