When it comes to living a balanced life, it’s an awful lot like weight lifting. All right, so I’m not big on weight lifting. I can’t do a pull up and I can’t bench press much more than my toddler. But I know that it’s important. I just prefer to do other forms of exercise. But even though I’d rather dance my way through cardio, I do strength training, too. Why? Because it’s vital to having a balanced workout.
In any case, have you ever been in a gym and seen one of those super muscle guys? The ones with the ridiculously large arm muscles? I want you to imagine, for one second, that you saw one of those guys only exercising one arm. How fast would they lose the muscle on the ignored arm? Pretty quick! They’d go from Schwartzeneger wannabe to a one-sided muscleman gym anomaly super quick.
Living a balanced life means more than focusing on one thing
Just as you aren’t going to spend your time working out one single muscle group, you shouldn’t spend your entire life doing just one thing. Work is great, but do you really want to spend your entire life trying to earn another dollar? Or would you prefer to spend your work time earning a comfortable living so that you can then spend your time with your loved ones?
Personally, I’m a fan of option B. I work to live; I don’t live to work. While I’m at work, I do a great job and I enjoy it. But once the whistle blows (or the toddler screams), my job as a mom and wife comes first. It’s people who give my life meaning, not things or checklists or money.
It means seeing the big picture
Having this kind of mentality, though, means that I have to be able to focus on more than one thing at a time. It means that I have to be able to see the big picture even while I’m working on a couple of minute details.
I have to be able to see the whole painting in my mind while I’m adding in a couple of wildflowers to the corner. Otherwise, I’m going to get so distracted by those darn flowers that I forget to paint in the cabin in the background.
Painting metaphors aside, business is a huge part of who I am. And, since you’re reading this, I know it’s a huge part of who you are, too. But it’s not the only part of who we are. We are so much more than just a job, a career, or any single title could convey. And, as we go through the day, it’s important that we remember that, too.
What is your big picture? Do you have the time and energy you need to visualize it on a regular basis? If not, let us help you. All you have to do is drop us a line or give us a call.