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The Price You Can Pay for Being a Workaholic
Lorraine Pirihi






A few months ago one of my clients felt a tingling in his finger. Being a workaholic he didn't have time to pay too much attention to it. After all he had meetings booked all day and they were more important than a tingle in his finger. He was about to leave home, then collapsed. Luckily for him, there was another person in the house and they called the ambulance.

John had suffered a stroke. The warning signs were there all along. He smoked, was 30kg overweight, his diet was poor and exercise was spasmodic. He worked long hours and was under enormous pressure in his role. Much of the pressure was due to John's organisational skills. He was a poor delegator and had difficulty saying 'no'. Planning was something he did if he had the time (which meant he never did). Oh, and by the way, I forgot to mention he was also divorced!

Up until the time of his stroke, John had been making progress through being coached, however he wasn't making enough consistent effort, particularly around his health. He was a disaster waiting to happen and it did happen. John was 43.

Fortunately John has survived, but what a way to have a 'wake up ' call. He's definitely paying attention now and making himself the no. 1 priority in his life. He had four weeks off initially and then slowly eased back into work.

John's life is so much more under control. He's now lost 30kg in total, works less hours, plans for his personal life and is also in a relationship. Not only is he healthier, he has heaps of energy and he's much more happier.

If you're a workaholic and recognise that you not only need to change what you are doing but you also are motivated and prepared to take action, here's 5 ways to get started.


1. Learn how to get yourself organised so you make time for you. You will not pick these skills up by osmosis, you have to learn new ways of doing things.

2. Find a holistic practitioner who offers a range of health tests and can provide proactive on-going treatment and advice. You will require supplements because hardly anyone eats a 100% organic, fully balanced diet and lives in a non-toxic and stress free environment.

3. Avoid people and places that do not support what you are trying to achieve, ie. there's a lady who attends my gym every day to stay in shape and keep her weight under control yet she works in a bakery!

4. Set restrictions about how much of your time you're prepared to work and stick to it. Do not take work home!

5. If it's all too hard and you seriously want to make the changes and get results fast, then get coached.


Being fit and healthy is not an option. Just because you are standing and breathing doesn't mean you are well.

You can do our Work/Life Assessment to see what parts of your life are working and where you need to focus more attention. You'll most likely discover health will be an area where you definitely require a change.

Wellness is about being pro-active with your health and not waiting until you are sick or something happens to you. No matter how busy you are, you surely can't be too busy to die?

Have a great week!
Lorraine Pirihi

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http://www.office-organiser.com.au/Products/ See http://www.resultsguaranteedcoaching.com/ If you don't know where to go feel free to contact me lorraine@office-organiser.com.au, I'll be able to point you in the right direction. Lorraine Pirihi is Australia's Personal Productivity Specialist and Leading Life Coach. Her business The Office Organiser specialises in showing small business owners and managers, how to get organised

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