I’m a Libra. I’m not completely into astrology but for me the idea of the libra scale – the concept of balance – is something that has always resonated with me.
I like when my life is in balance. Sometimes you have your highs and sometimes you have your lows, but you work to find a common ground.
But this thinking was challenged when I was listening to a talk from Dan Martell and he was saying how Balance is BS.
My first response was to disagree.
I’m someone that believes balance is essential… especially as you get older and your responsibilities increase.
Maybe when I was in high school I would say that I didn’t need to balance my life, I didn’t have as many responsibilities. But now things have changed. I’m a self employed rapper and speaker, I’m a father, I’m a husbandm we are home owners – we have a lot on our plate. Not to mention that with a full plate, and older age, health also becomes more important. Oftentimes when I’m at the gym I find myself thinking…wow if I worked out like this when I was 20? Man.
Now I have to put in three times the work to get that same result. Not to mention that I can’t do those late night runs out for fast food anymore.
But Dan’s message is also misleading. He’s not saying that you shouldn’t have balance, but he is encouraging people to realize that you can’t do everything all the time.
In theory, being on your ‘A’ game everyday with business, family, and health sounds great. In reality, its much more difficult.
Dan thinks you should focus on 2 out of the 3 each quarter. Not to say that your family falls by the wayside, but there are times when you don’t take the family vacation. Maybe its the time that the hours at work are a little longer. But to get that balance back, when you are on your vacation you aren’t “balanced” by being on your laptop all day doing work.
As a touring musician, I’ve found this to be true when it comes to health.
When I’m at home it’s easy for me to stay on my routine of eating clean and training four to six times a week. There will be three month stretches that I work myself into solid shape.
But there are also times when I’m on the road for a couple month stretch and find it difficult to get a workout in. Where I find it tough to eat well. That’s not to say I don’t do it, but I don’t do it at the extent that I was doing it when it was a priority.
I like Dan’s concept. We tend to be hard on ourselves thinking that we aren’t working at our peak because a part of our life is off balance. It doesn’t mean that its off balance, it can be a signal that it is something to work on soon.