Just as professional opportunities with meaningful (and much needed) monetary rewards appear within their grasp, the babies born to Gen X are growing up and out. Meetings, deals, prospects, clients, kids, spouses, teachers, sports, coaches, expenses, renovations, mortgages—everything is peaking at the same time. Life is crushing them while at the same time passing them by.
So much of life seems urgent that it's almost impossible to remember what's important. I'd urge you to consider the following maxims, which I've seen help bring relief to those overwhelmed with life, myself included:
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1. First things first. Few of us with spouses and/or kids would ever say out loud that money, or even our professions, are more important than our partners or children. But we scream it with our actions and choices every day.
Mindfully acknowledging our priorities in life is a surprisingly simple but effective method for moving tough decisions from the opaque to the clear. I try, and occasionally succeed, to review the "big rocks" that I've identified as my life priorities every morning. Doing so is part of my daily to-do ritual, and it helps prevent the smaller pebbles from consuming all of my time. Because they will.