We can develop a sense that there is just too much demand for something – hours, physical energy, emotional involvement or concentration. Again, none of these things are bad in and of themselves. It’s when they are required with too great an intensity or quantity over a prolonged period of time.
For instance, leaders who are in the caring fields are vulnerable to having too much demand placed upon them. Sometimes that demand comes from others. Sometimes it is self-generated. In some cases, if you couple this with cutbacks or other financial pressures, you have a recipe for personal disaster that simple stress management might not even solve.
One common thread? Oftentimes we don’t have control over those demands that are being placed upon us by others. We are expected to deliver but we don’t have the levers of control to determine how that best happens, or even if it should happen. Random decisions made by others can change things so fast.