Balance.


Balancing in the sky.

Nik Wallenda
High wire performer Nik Wallenda practices Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Sarasota, Fla. Wallenda, a seventh generation high-wire walker, will attempt to walk across the Grand Canyon on Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The rope-walker knows exactly when he is out of balance and will correct in split seconds continuously. But how will you know in your daily (working) life? By feeling, feedback? Chances are great that you are way out of balance before you notice!

Balancing your (working) life.

IMG_0702.JPGEvery time I pass this beautiful castle in my neighborhood I have to think about the story of the two bricklayers. A castle was built and on the question “What are you doing?” the first one replied “I am laying bricks ” and the second one “I am building a castle !” Same job but very different motivation and goals and both were happy!

The story ends by telling that the first one started his own company in bricklaying (so he could build various types of buildings) and the second one found out that he was more interested in architecture, so he became a famous architect!

The point is, that you are not doing something because of just doing it, you have a purpose of doing it, a goal! But behind that goal there can be laying another goal and after that, again another. It is very important to pay a lot of attention in finding your real goal and go for it 100% ! ( Quality) If by circumstances, out of your control, it seems clear that you can’t completely achieve your goal then it is better to find a good compromise, ( but not to quick!). At least a win/win situation.

Give way

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You have now: Goals, Quality, Motivation, Happiness, together with your daily activities (positive and negative), how are you going to keep that in Balance?

Every day, on small or big issues, at home or at the office or work floor, you take from time to time, 10 to 15 seconds off and give way to the following thoughts:

WHAT AM I DOING NOW?

WHAT DO I WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH IT?

IS THIS REALLY WHAT I WANT?

It will help you to become aware of keeping your goals and dreams realistic and to trust yourself that you are on the right track and not going in the wrong direction, Balance! It is a simple method but not easy to maintain. Therefore keep some kind of sign close to you, (like 3 ducks, 3 owls, a note, or whatever) to remind you to take these 10 to 15 seconds!

Inspired by the book “Eenvoud voor gevorderden” ( Ben Meijering)