So I’m writing today from Red Lobster, where I’m indulging in the “endless shrimp” special. Now I need an all-you-can-eat promo like you need an all-the-forks-you-can-stick-in-your-eye offer. But almost anything in moderation is okay. Even excess.
And sometimes excess is good. When it’s a conscious choice, not a blind reaction without thought.
Take the idea of balance. Almost every motivational speaker says you should be in balance. But is that really true? I don’t think so.
In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that I’ve never met anyone that reached the highest levels of success in anything that was balanced. They made a conscious choice to get out of balance for a time.
Want to launch a new business? Better be prepared to obsess for the first six months to a year. Want to win an Olympic medal? Better be prepared to train hours and hours every day. Want to be a great speaker? Plan on giving at least 100 speeches in a year.
And want to build a large network and become a leader in our profession? You need to make a conscious choice to get out of balance for a season. Talk to your family and let them know. Negotiate and agree on some rewards when you’re done and make sure they understand and buy into the reason you are doing what you do. But you’re going to need to get out of balance if you want to be great.
Now staying out of balance leads to heartache. Because balance really is good. But usually the best balance is actually continually evaluating and swapping the areas you are choosing to get out of balance on!
So you can pride yourself on being balanced and broke. Or you can become great. Which one are you choosing?