How can we integrate sustainability
into career and life planning?
In many cases, career and private life are not integrated into an overarching life plan. People often work solely to make their lifestyle possible.
They do only what is absolutely necessary in their professional lives but are extremely committed to honorary work in clubs and associations.
They work longer than average hours and miss out on important aspects of family life, including their children's development.
They can only succeed in their own careers if their partners take the strain by sacrificing their own development.
They are torn between meeting different expectations. Their superiors expect them to spend as much time as possible in the office; their partners expect them to share family responsibilities.
They are running on empty at the age of 40.
Those without hope
At 50, they can no longer find any new and challenging goals and are hanging on for retirement.
They have achieved everything in their careers and are staring into a void at the end of their professional lives.
We only have one life
It is our personal responsibility to be able to look back and be satisfied with our life achievements. This will be difficult if we have separate life plans for work, for family and friends, and for hobbies and sport.
Aligning all these elements is not easy. However, once we have decided to do it there is no alternative but to take a critical and honest look at ourselves, at our desires and goals, and at the expectations of all those involved in our professional and private lives.
When the way ahead is sufficiently clear, we need resolve, single-mindedness and courage to implement our plans - in the knowledge that we may not be able to meet expectations to the same extent as in the past. The reward for treading this often difficult path is inner peace and strength, which arm us for the many changes ahead and enable us to unlock our creative energies.