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I Want Out! Is It The Job Or Is It How They Experience Their Leisure?

March 27, 2017

It is not unusual to see clients in my practice who are exhausted. They wake up in the morning feeling tired. Work is endlessly demanding. They say they want more work life balance. The job does not fit anymore and they want out… and soon!  Yet, when they start talking about their work, they “light up”. To an outside observer, they are clearly engaged in their role.  In many cases, it is not the job. It is exactly as Jamie Gruman points out, in his TED Talk, ReNU: How to Recharge Your Batteries in an Age of Relentless Demands. It is the way they utilize their non – work time and experience their leisure.

Gruman’s Re Nu (Re-build, Nourish, Unhook) model offers a great way to help these people understand how changing the way they experience their leisure may bring a whole new perspective to their life and career.

The model is easy to understand and taking clients through this information may help them to, as Gruman describes, turn their downtime into uptime.

This model offers an interesting vehicle for clients, in this situation, to notice what is happening; to be more present and to begin to take back their non-work time and to experience the true meaning of leisure while they still keep a job that they might actually love doing!

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more
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