Work is my Achilles’ heel. It is what I will do and default to doing when left to my own devices. Meaning, any “free” time I have, I feel a giant magnet pulling me to WORK. I’m not saying it’s all Quadrant 2 work. I’m just hyper-aware that one of my greatest weaknesses is CHOOSING to work instead of choosing to develop (and mend) personal relationships.
You would think I would have learned my lesson after cancer. I often beat my drum about community and the importance of others. It’s not that I don’t believe it, but there’s something that draws me to working instead of, say, picking up the phone and calling a friend. I am ashamed to say, I am a poor friend. My friends, thankfully, are patient although they should not have to be.
This is the challenge for me today. I KNOW that to cultivate and mend personal relationships is important–and I must somehow escape the inextricable pull to be isolated in my work, if only for 30 minutes. Not just today, but everyday. I can’t explain how or why friendship doesn’t become priority #1. It’s one big thing I want to “undo” about myself.
Am I alone in falling down here? Is this a problem unique to solopreneurs (aka solo service providers) because the WORK is all on us?
P.S. If you’re wondering what the ability to develop and mend personal relationships has to do with business, everything. We are whole people and we bring it all to the table.