There are different kinds of pressure that someone could face in his or her life. Some are healthy and will enable you to enhance your skills set and others are to be avoided because they could affect your self confidence as well as your mental health. I wanted to address specifically the pressure that one could face at work.
Within a working environment, there are mostly two kinds of pressure: the first one will challenge you for the best, when the second is just going to add stress in your life. According to Simon Sinek*: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.”
I believe this is really true and makes a huge difference in an employee’s happiness. So if you feel that you are working under pressure right now, ask yourself these questions:
- Is this situation temporary or not?
Your company activity may have a seasonality which means that there will always be a period during the year when there is naturally more pressure on the people because important reports are due or the sales are skyrocketing. The good news about this is that you know that it is only temporary. And since your company and co-workers are used to it, you are not alone on this boat. The pressure is more or less evenly distributed and you don’t feel like it is too much to handle.
- Is this kind of pressure sustainable?
When is it too much? What are your boundaries? This is crucial because you don’t want to experience a burn out. Too many people close their eyes until it is too late and their body and mental let them down. So learn about your boundaries and set them very early on in your career. There is no job worth risking your health, trust me.
- What are you working for?
Are you purely and only motivated by your salary which allow you to afford the kind of lifestyle you want? Are you afraid of loosing your job and not being able to pay for your bills, mortgage and daily expenses? If you are relying on economical reasons only, then you are putting yourself at risk. Not only, will your life dramatically change if for one reason or another you loose your job but, you will also have trouble working under pressure when you know that your motives are not enough to help you go through it.
I believe that we all need to find purpose in what we do not only at work but also in our personal lives. Not all of us are truly passionate about something at the point where we don’t pay attention to the downsides of “working too much” anymore. Nonetheless, it is worth trying to find what we are meant to be and do. Do not settle for a life or a job you don’t want. Yes, it means that you will have to take a risk but what do you prefer: surviving and living under constraints or trying and discovering your Why and live a fulfilled life?
*American author, TED Talk speaker and entrepreneur