Ah, balance – it’s something you hear a lot of about. So is it real or is it a fairy tale? If the mere mention of balance has you feeling conflicted, you’re not alone. Do we let flow just happen or do we take the bull by the horns and make it happen?
As an entrepreneur, you have people like Tim Ferriss who promote a four-hour workweek while spending your time on remote islands or anywhere else in the world you want to work. And then you have the die-hard, Gary Vaynerchuk’s, who are all about the hustle and working harder and harder.
Honestly, I agree with both sides of that coin because either way and at some point, you’re going to feel guilty. It sets in when you’re working hard and take a break or not working as hard. Or it happens when you’ve got your sleeves rolled up, working hard and people tell you you’ve gotten out of touch and they never see you. That’s why I believe that daily or weekly balance is a myth – or at the very least, it’s misleading.
“Balance is something that’s always changing and that’s the key. You need to honor it and change with it.”
Lori and I like to talk about in terms of “seasons.” I cannot stress the importance enough of honoring the season you’re in. Don’t let someone else dictate what you should be doing, what do you feel like doing?
“The key is to trade ‘should’ with ‘I feel like.’”
Pay attention to what you’re feeling like. Are you amped and ready to power through for an extended period of time, or do you feel like going to the beach and eating pizza? Whichever season it is, know that eventually you’re going to want a change. If you’re working hard and in a productive mode, you’re eventually going to want a period of rest, travel or play. On the flip side, those beach days will soon lead to boredom and restlessness and you’ll likely crave a productive season.
While I’m no expert, my typical “doing” season is about 120 days max and my season of “rest” follows for about 30-45 days. Again, these are just MY seasons – yours may be very different as there’s no magic formula. Balance is purely subjective – it all boils down to how YOU feel.
So in an effort to help you find balance between your seasons, I challenge you to do two things:
1. Listen to and honor your season.
2. Ignore all social media and other influencers (yes, even me) who are in a different season than you. Trust me. It will only make you feel guilty,
Once you figure out this balance, I know you’ll feel better. And when we feel better, we can do even more amazing things in life and business.