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Have you ever heard the saying ‘there is no gain without pain’? It’s a traditional, common yet dangerous myth many people buy into, which says that you need to be a perfectionist, you need to over-work, experience burn-out, stress or pressure in order for you to achieve success and feel as though you fully deserve and have worked towards accomplishing something of real value.
I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all experienced toxic and unhealthy professional or personal relationships. These are often the relationships which take instead of give back, instil a sense of doubt and low self confidence within you and leave you feeling unfulfilled and emotionally and even physically drained.
Whether you’re in a senior role, a public role, or your personal life beckons you to don your cape and showcase your inner and outer superhuman powers, it’s easy to be consumed by a role where people look up to you or even depend upon you to come up with the answers, action and successful results.
Work relationships can be one of the most difficult dynamics we will ever need to navigate. As opposed to our personal relationships, we often do not have the luxury of picking and choosing whom we work with, who is in a team or who a company employs.
It’s often very easy to forget that whilst you’re full of admiration or perhaps even secretly envious of those people who seem fearless in the face of challenges, who are awarded promotions, or who are able to confidently present themselves well and seem self assured in both their personal lives, relationships and careers, what you may often see and compare is their shining highlight reel to your backstage clutter. So if you’re comparing two different sides of a coin, what is there to compare and why do we do it?