The rat race is a term often used to describe work, particularly excessive work; in general terms, if one works too much, one is in the rat race.
This terminology contains implications that many people see work as a seemingly endless pursuit with little reward or purpose.
If you drag yourself to work every morning and do not “seem” to have any enthusiasm in your workplace and your job, perhaps it is time to take a few days off and do some reflection of your life and for your future.
What have you achieved so far, are you happy with what you have achieved to day?
What do you want to do for yourself and your family?
How long do you have to work like this in order that you can achieve your dream?Or have you forgotten your dreams as you are trying to make your end meets?
Ask yourself these questions and many other that will truly reflect your life thus far.
Many people live in rat race without realizing it. You may be a high corporate executive with a high paid job, but you work 12 hours a day and some time even more.
You hardly see your family, let alone participate in your children school and social curriculum.
You stress yourself out every day, meeting after meeting, never ending entertainments, traveling on the road or by plane are becoming part of your life, but you have no time for your family vacation for the last couple of years.
Don’t Keep Fooling Yourself on Your Next Vacation!
You keep on telling yourself, next year, I will have more freedom when I completed this project or get the promotion and increment when I meet the target.
Each year, either you fail below the borderline or the company just past you off because some one seems to have a better rapport with people of influence or just seems to have better luck in achieving more than you.
Each year you promise yourself and your family, that next year you will bring them for the vacation that you have been talking for years, not because you cannot afford, but you just need to prove to the company that you are the person for the job.
You do not want the management to feel that you value your family more than your job when the timing of the company project clashed with your family vacation plan.
Get Your Life Back from the Rat Race!
If you have this challenge, you are running in the rat race without realizing it and “The Problem of rat race is, even if you win; you are still a rat.” Lily Tomlin.
Take some time off now, the corporate world is very realistic, nobody is indispensable.
And if you haven’t got it, let’s repeat, NO BODY IS INDISPENSABLE!
Many years, there are hundreds of thousand of fresh graduates matching into the corporate world; these graduates are more qualified in term of academic qualification and skill.
They are young, energetic, and enthusiastic and willing to take on any projects assigned by the company. They may demand half and even one-third of your pay and doing the same job you are doing, only different are they may lack your experience.
But then again, thing changes so fast in today knowledge management world that without continuous personal development, your experience is obsolete in just couple of years without you notice it.
So starting today, take a couple of minutes of for yourself, in a quiet place to do some personal reflection of your life you want to be.
If you still wanted to run the rat race and be a rat, fine, no body will say anything. It’s your life any way; you chose to live the way you like. In case, you decided that you wanted to get out of the rat race, you must realize that you have to do something difference.
Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result!”
I hope you are sensuous enough to realize that running the rat race will lead you nowhere!
Do something different and Get Your Life Back!