I really like Gary Keller’s concept of “counter-balance”. He talks about understanding when to stay consistent and focused with all aspects of life and when to go to the extremes and really make a difference in a particular area.
“In life there are three things that need constant counterbalance: family and friends, your body and spirit, and personal needs. When one of these is ignored they can all suffer. Each one requires your attention to a certain degree and none should be sacrificed for work.
When you let go of the idea of balancing – giving everything equal attention and trying to get everything done – that’s when you’ll start seeing success at both work and at home. The trick is setting priorities and letting those take the front seat even if that means putting other things in the backseat, trunk or leaving them on the side of the road.”
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The idea of balance can also be an illusion. Losing balance is often the result of the narrative in our head gone wild. Staying present in the moment is the first step towards seeking daily balance. Mindfully experiencing our lives provides a gauge of where we stand with our family and friends, body, and personal needs.
Creating ideas can be fun. Exciting even. A fresh list of possibility for new business ideas, places to travel, ways to simplify your life, priorities for the day. Ideas can also be frustrating, or a black hole of unfulfilled dreams. James Altucher is an idea machine and talks about the value of exercising your creativity and idea muscle.
I appreciate James’ discussion on his idea process:
- Good Ideas
- Idea Sex
- Future Vision
- More Ideas
I think about how many ideas get stuck either in our heads, written on a scratch pad, stored on our iPhone notes app, or just forgotten before we have a chance to write them down. But ideas are powerful and provide an opportunity to express our creativity and, sometimes, the great ideas can be planted as seeds, watered and grow our future.
James promotes creating at least 10 ideas a day and how the cumulative process strengthens the idea muscle. He also talks about writing down the next step to accomplishing the idea, though not necessary, it gives you a place to start on the execution, once you have a good idea And you’ll know when you have a good idea. You’ll be scared.
My ten ideas for the day.
“Ten ways I can be a better person today”
- Do my most important task first
- Say “I love you” to my family
- Take a walk (even though it’s 98 degs)
- Spend time outside
- Be nice to someone for no reason
- Don’t sit all day
- Be mindful with my family
- Have 3 healthy meals
- Go to bed by 10pm