1. BizX Canada Awards
  2. How to Close More Sales
  3. Why Connecting with the Tough Decision Makers is Worth Your Time
  4. Having A Bad Day? Find Something Beautiful
  5. What are you worth?
  6. 10 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation and Creativity
  7. What are you Measuring in Your Business
  8. 7 Ways to Dramatically Grow Your Business
  9. Company Culture – How to Cultivate the Right Kind for Your Business
  10. How to Keep Your Employees Happy at Work
  11. Four Reasons to Use B2B Email Marketing
  12. Qualities of Good Leaders
  13. How Stress Can Affect Your Job Performance
  14. Making a Customer Relation Management (CRM) System Work For You
  15. Do You Have The Symptoms Of Affluenza?
  16. Culture Of Leadership
  17. A Business Coach Engages in Provocative Conversations
  18. Did you Make Your Move in 2018?
  19. Are You A Carrot, An Egg, Or A Coffee Bean?
  20. Measure Your Way to Success by Using KPI’s
  21. Ensure a Good Return on Your Investment
  22. A Business Coach; A Clients Journey to Self Discovery
  23. Is Your Business Growing or Dying
  24. Breakeven Analysis
  25. Keeping Score in a Winning Business
  26. Exercise wisely…
  27. Roots
  28. Muck & Money
  29. Who said that?
  30. Why are owls so wise?
  31. Business Success: Eight Fundamentals
  32. Uncomfortable Conversations
  33. Are you working hard or just working long hours?
  34. Investing Time on the Right Tasks
  35. COACHING — Not just for GOLF!
  36. Don’t Think Outside the Box – Redefine It!
  37. Ten Reasons People Resist Change
  38. The Art of Delegating
  39. How to Make Your Business Writing Twice as Good
  40. Increase Profits by “Pruning” Your Business
  41. Features versus Benefits
  42. Are you lucky? Or just on your game?
  43. 10 Elements of a World-Class Company
  44. How fresh are your marketing strategies?
  45. Business: The $20,000 Phone Call
  46. Business – Game Changer
  47. Are you still learning?
  48. Riding a Dead Horse
  49. Business & Baseball
Monday, February 24, 2020
  1. BizX Canada Awards
  2. How to Close More Sales
  3. Why Connecting with the Tough Decision Makers is Worth Your Time
  4. Having A Bad Day? Find Something Beautiful
  5. What are you worth?
  6. 10 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation and Creativity
  7. What are you Measuring in Your Business
  8. 7 Ways to Dramatically Grow Your Business
  9. Company Culture – How to Cultivate the Right Kind for Your Business
  10. How to Keep Your Employees Happy at Work
  11. Four Reasons to Use B2B Email Marketing
  12. Qualities of Good Leaders
  13. How Stress Can Affect Your Job Performance
  14. Making a Customer Relation Management (CRM) System Work For You
  15. Do You Have The Symptoms Of Affluenza?
  16. Culture Of Leadership
  17. A Business Coach Engages in Provocative Conversations
  18. Did you Make Your Move in 2018?
  19. Are You A Carrot, An Egg, Or A Coffee Bean?
  20. Measure Your Way to Success by Using KPI’s
  21. Ensure a Good Return on Your Investment
  22. A Business Coach; A Clients Journey to Self Discovery
  23. Is Your Business Growing or Dying
  24. Breakeven Analysis
  25. Keeping Score in a Winning Business
  26. Exercise wisely…
  27. Roots
  28. Muck & Money
  29. Who said that?
  30. Why are owls so wise?
  31. Business Success: Eight Fundamentals
  32. Uncomfortable Conversations
  33. Are you working hard or just working long hours?
  34. Investing Time on the Right Tasks
  35. COACHING — Not just for GOLF!
  36. Don’t Think Outside the Box – Redefine It!
  37. Ten Reasons People Resist Change
  38. The Art of Delegating
  39. How to Make Your Business Writing Twice as Good
  40. Increase Profits by “Pruning” Your Business
  41. Features versus Benefits
  42. Are you lucky? Or just on your game?
  43. 10 Elements of a World-Class Company
  44. How fresh are your marketing strategies?
  45. Business: The $20,000 Phone Call
  46. Business – Game Changer
  47. Are you still learning?
  48. Riding a Dead Horse
  49. Business & Baseball

Do You Have the Symptoms of Affluenza?

There’s an insidious disease going around, and it’s woven into the very culture that surrounds us.

It’s called affluenza.

According to Dr. Jessie O’Neill, affluenza is a “dysfunctional relationship with money, wealth, or its pursuit.”

The symptoms?

John de Graaf, the producer of the PBS documentary Affluenza, lists the following:

1. An epidemic of stress, overwork, shopping, and debt caused by the “dogged pursuit of the American Dream.”

2. The bloated, sluggish, and unfulfilled feeling that results from one’s efforts to keep up with the Joneses.

3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.

Dr. Jesse O’Neill also states that:

• In corporations and businesses it manifests itself as a loss of personal and professional productivity, high turnover rate among CEOs and employees, and an increase in sick days;

• In individuals, it takes the form of a dysfunctional or unhealthy relationship with money, regardless of one’s socio-economic level. It manifests itself as behaviours resulting from a preoccupation with, or imbalance around, the money in our lives.

Additional symptoms:

• loss of personal and professional productivity

• loss of future motivation

• inability to delay gratification or tolerate frustration

• low self-esteem

• low self-worth

• loss of self-confidence

• preoccupation with externals

• depression

• self-absorption

• high regard for outer-self/low regard for inner-self

• sudden wealth syndrome

• sudden poverty syndrome

• workaholism

• materialism

• consumerism

So if you have some of these symptoms, what can you DO about them?

First: Be aware of the symptoms.

Awareness is key to living a full and joyous life.

Second: Clear the cause.

Instead of trying to make more money, get a bigger RRSP account, etc., first, think about what achieving these goals will do for your well-being. You may discover that pursuing them isn’t worth it.

Third: Simplify your life.

Imagine being free of the need for the “material” way of life.

It’s certainly okay to have things, but the problems arise when we become chained to debt to get the material objects we think will bring us a feeling of completion. No “thing” can bring us fulfilment. Only we can create the kind of inner peace and joy that being connected to life can bring. As Art Buchwald famously said, “The best things in life aren’t things.”

So ask yourself, “Do I really need this in my life? Or can I do without it?” And when you know the answer is no, do yourself a favour and stop pursuing it.

Kent Boehm
Business & Leadership Coach
403.690.8363 or kent@ninebusinessgroup.ca

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