25 July 2021
I Am Failing As A Parent And A Partner
by admin_kmd

Man, if I had a dollar for every time, a leader or business owner said this one to me. It’s one of the biggest challenges for leaders that come up, if I’m really honest. We feel like we cannot tear ourselves in half and spend more time in the office than at home, and the feelings of guilt are like a perpetual cycle. Not only do we feel disconnected from our partner, but we also feel alone, are so busy, frustrated and overwhelmed from the pressure of trying to be everything to everyone that sometimes we lose sight of why we are doing it in the first instance. It’s like a quest of who the hell knows.

The good news is you don’t have to keep harbouring those feelings of guilt and overwhelm or that you are a failure. You aren’t. I promise, and I can totally relate. I’ve been there (in fact, I think the universe has designed the world so that we all feel this (or have felt this at some point), and it’s really normal for you to feel like that. Especially if you are in a demanding leadership role. Work needs you, and family needs you…., I get it, it sux. I’m so sorry you feel this way.

Emotional intelligence is so amazing that it teaches us the skills to work through these feelings, let them go and build closer relationships, especially with the people in our lives. We learn we can have the best of both worlds. We learn the skills of boundaries, how to express and work through what is happening for us and learn the language to use and the behaviours to have to create fulfilment and meaning to both our roles as mum or dad and leader in our business.

We actually can have both, and it’s the gift I get to share with many leaders I have the privilege to cross paths with.

The journey is magnificent.

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