Excerpt from the Oola Guys-
Today’s challenge is all about balance with the fourth OolaAccelerator: integrity.
Do you ever feel like you put so much of yourself into something or someone that you start losing a little bit of who you are? Often the more dedicated you feel, the more you sacrifice, which can lead to imbalance.
Today’s #OolaYLChallenge is to schedule and commit to doing two small acts of balance this week.
If you’ve stopped hanging out with your friends so you can work more, schedule a coffee date with a friend. If you find yourself skipping the gym to catch up on emails, complete a workout.
Set goals that promote personal growth, but set them in steps that are realistic so you create a culture of winning. The rush of accomplishing small wins along the way, combined with a restored belief in yourself, propels you toward the life of your dreams.
Oh man. So…I believe balance is an illusion. It’s the spinning plates on sticks act at the circus….you just have to keep shifting your attention between wobbling plates until they fly on their own.
But…in your prioritization, you have to keep something for you. Otherwise, what’s left when the plates don’t need your attention anymore?
Maybe slow down or even take a break in the busier seasons and it takes a bit longer….but don’t give up on what fills your cup.
That’s what all the assistants are about in my current “how to do life plan.” I’ve accepted that I can’t possibly do everything I want to do well…or even at all. But…this is how I plan to manage the spinning plates for now. It’s a long overdue decision and I’m at peace with it. It’s the right thing to do for my kids and my team. I owe them quality time investment and not what’s left of me at the end of each day.
I’m so grateful for a husband who recognizes my heart, my frustration and my intentions. He wants me to thrive. He wants me to be happy. He is wants me to feel fulfilled. He recognizes that there is an opportunity cost to be paid and that my mental health and our relationship are worth the investment. I am SO BLESSED.
I’m so grateful for the team of professionals I work with and lead. I am constantly reminded that 90% of your time is dedicated to (distracted by) 10% of your people…and half of those are just walking thru a fire. We are the <1% of Americans who will ever wear the uniform in service to the nation. And when called upon to volunteer (a cardinal sin in the military) to support a Memorial Day even to honor our fallen brothers and sisters…there was no hesitation. No need for begging or bribing. They raised their hands and stepped forward to do what needed done. ❤️😭❤️😭🙌 I have to try harder to remember this on the tough days…
I’m so grateful for the ability and opportunity to kick back and relax with good friends who appreciate a good meal. And for a babysitter who loves our kids and is loved by them. It’s good to get out with others and feel connected and blow off a little steam. I think it makes us better parents, workers/leaders, friends and even human beings for the love 😳😂
How are you seeking balance today?
PS I didn’t do too bad in my 24 hours of gratitude but…always room for improvement 😉