Have you experienced the stress and struggle of living or working in a toxic environment? It’s tough, isn’t it?
For a variety of reasons you stay in that situation, even when you know it is time to end that personal or professional relationship. Many of us have done it. I’ve done it.
For me, there were two main reasons why I stayed in what I considered a toxic work environment.
The first reason I stayed was people focused: I knew I was serving the needs of my team. I knew I was making the workplace better for them. I knew I was resolving process problems that could impact the quality of our product. And when you make a product that peoples’ lives literally depend upon, that last factor is key.
The second reason I stayed was money focused: I had a goal to pay off my mortgage by October 2018. I was making aggressive extra principle payments. My 15-year mortgage would be paid off in just over 8 years if I stayed on track.
But finally, $15,000 shy of paying off my mortgage, the imaginary toxicity detector I wore to work each day started buzzing more loudly. Soon the noise became too distracting. It was all I could focus on.
In this week’s episode, I share the final warning signs and what I did to silence them.
If you experience a toxic environment in your personal or professional life, please listen to the flashing warning lights or shrill-sounding alarms. Your health and your happiness depend upon you recognizing these situations and relationships AND reducing your exposure to them. Today may be the day that you can start the process to free yourself from that poisonous situation.
This is your life to live. Make it a healthy and happy one!
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