Taking pride in hard work and long hours (The Work Ethic) keeps you and your business on the competitive levels. Time and energy for play, creativity, and spirituality seems to evaporate. One sided, unbalanced living becomes a virtue.
An addiction to The Work Ethic can lead to serious health issues...even death. In Japan the Work Ethic is so strong that they track suicides resulting in overwork. They even have a word for it... Karoshi: “overwork death.” Here’s the kicker, American’s work an average of ONE month more a year than the Japanese. We work almost THREE months more than Germans… WTF!?
A study by the American Institute of Stress, suggests that nearly ONE MILLION workers are absent from work a day due to stress. Nearly $300 Billion a year is spent by companies in the US due to psychological work stress related issues.
This epidemic is not only costing American companies money but sacrificing the hearts and minds of people across the country. In fact, The Washington Post cites a study by Stanford researchers that 55 hours is the max threshold for the body not only from a health standpoint but a productivity standpoint.
At 55 hours plus a week you are 33% more at risk to have a stroke, depression more than doubles and dependency on things like drugs and alcohol substantially increases. The Stanford research also shows that there is little to now difference in productivity from 56 to 70 hours.
An increase in divorce, suicides, depression, and crime have resulted from the culture of the work ethic. The system has become too rigid and unbalanced and the culture must change!
So what can you do to decrease the stress in your life despite the ever-growing pressure to work more hours and keep up with the Joneses?
Psychologists say that the perception of control can dramatically reduce stress. Moving away from The Work Ethic and into Whole Living is one of the best ways to gain control of your life and re-balance the scales.
As a MetaBusiness person, you place value on whole living. You live dynamically, giving your attention, time and focus to each life energy as you rhythmically sense its nature and expression.
A wonderful and miraculous process unfolds. You experience whole living which stabilizes you on the creative level. Nothing cast you into the competitive energy levels faster than unwhole, unbalanced, on-sided, one-dimensional behavior.
When a MetaBusiness person experiences difficulties, frustrations, blockages or losses he or she looks to the Wheel of Whole Living and recognizes where the imbalance lies.
Take a look at The Wheel of Whole Living and evaluate where your imbalances lie and take steps to find a better balance in your life. Become a Culture Vulture and demand healthy changes in your life. It truly is a matter of life and death…