I recently had a conversation with one of my employees about work-life balance and she questioned me on how I achieve my balance. My response was, “Do I?” This prompted me to contemplate my life and the balance of work and play.
- I have always enjoyed working and maintain I have no plans to retire.
- I think about work first thing in the morning.
- I live work all day, and I go to bed contemplating new ideas.
- I take time each day to treat my body right.
- I drink lots of water.
- I prepare three amazingly healthy meals.
- I am a student of naturopathic health solutions.
- I work out. I meet up with friends.
- I watch my favorite television programs.
- I read and read and read.
So what exactly is balance?
I read once that it is the pull of opposing forces that keeps you balanced.
My life would be incomplete and disappointing if I did not have my business and the satisfaction I gleam from bringing customer service and employee loyalty to new heights. And, I would be equally disappointed if I failed to enjoy the beautiful city in which I live, cherish and nurture the relationships with my family and friends, and care for and respect my body.
I am resolved to believe that perfectly balancing these opposing forces to a point of static is unattainable and unrealistic. For me, a balance is achieved by satisfying the tensions created, harnessing energy from both and living my life each day.
Balance for everyone is not the same. Others looking at my life could say I work far too much. Yet, the joy I derive at work brings great value to the balance I seek in life.
In the end, you must:
- Find what you love
- Love what you do
- Embrace your values
- Strive to worship their role in your life
As a consultant I have been sharing my wisdom of leadership with others for over 17 years. There are times when others criticize leaders and their quest for power. In my opinion, being a true leader has nothing to do with power.
Leadership is a mentality. To lead others with influence and impact you must think through as many issues as you can. Double checking to make sure you’ve considered every situation and scenario before finalizing any decision is critical.
Leadership is a practice of behaviors. The crux of leading is doing the right things, doing them well and doing them consistently. Your willingness and ability to do what needs to be done and doing it with skill and professionalism is what drives the corporate culture and ultimately your reputation.
Leadership is a noble profession. Leaders should realize their profession is all about those who have trusted them as a guide. Leadership is a journey of self-awareness that lasts for your entire career as you discover what others see in you as authentic, trustworthy and compelling.
Finally, leadership is a passion. Not everyone is born to lead. Some are content to follow. Successful leaders have a burning desire to engage others and rally them to achieve greatness.
As I motivate leaders around the country I always remind them, leading is challenging, tiring, and thankless at times, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges!
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey, American Author
Followers are compelled by a cause. I always tell people leaders must paint a picture for those they wish to enroll – a vision of what winners will look like and how participants can contribute their talents in the pursuit of that vision and share in the ultimate success.
Almost any version of success requires committed action toward goals. And action requires teams of people assembled around leaders aligned with a shared, bold vision. Compelling leaders create a following that is different from one of “believers”; leaders find and inspire followers who commit not just with their mind or hearts, but also with their time and energy.
Followers seek a vision that expresses a substantial commitment in tangible ways. From the perspective of those who follow, the message is “This vision has a place for you and I want you involved in this process.”
Create a winning vision. Inspire others. Success will follow!