This state means that you have hit a barrier in defining a clear vision of your needs,
wants and desires in this area, and your growth is actively progressing toward a vision
that may have some serious short term limits.
How to know when you are in Survival Mode
- Everything is urgent. The deadline is now. Your back is up against the wall.
- Meetings, calls, and other appointments are constantly canceled and rescheduled.
- Your team can’t help. You can’t allow them a reasonable amount of time to get work done, but even if you could, they wouldn’t be able to get it done anyway because they’re in crisis mode too.
- The stress is overwhelming. Your sleep is disrupted, your breathing feels odd, your heart beats erratically, and you can’t think straight. You will yourself to calm down, but it doesn’t work.
- There’s no joy. Your goal is to avoid having a terrible day. Having a great day isn’t an option.
- Everything is a reaction. You’re never proactive. You react to clients, opposing counsel, and the court. You’re never one step ahead. You bounce from response to response.
- It’s all risky. You can’t get the document filed a day early. You’ve got to collect this fee or miss payroll. You have to to win this case. Everything matters way too much. There’s no margin for error.
- You can’t take the time for excellence. All work is “good enough.” There’s little going out the door of which you can be proud. This isn’t what you wanted for your career or your reputation.