For so many in entrepreneurial and business ventures, balance is your holy grail. It's as if there is this magical place in between work, family, and life, and when you land "there," everything will be OK. Your family will be happy, your business will be stable or even thriving, and overall, life will be great.
Except — that usually only lasts for about 10 seconds. Most of the people I know who are entrepreneurs and in leadership positions are dynamic creators. They're passionate about what they do and are willing to go above and beyond to make it happen.
When you strive for balance, you are looking to separate and control all the different areas of your life. Family goes here — for x number of hours. Work goes here — and you must leave it at the office. Thirty minutes for exercise. Eight glasses of water per day, and on, and on.
When I started asking myself the questions that no business coach would ever ask me, I realized that what I was trying to accomplish through balance was actually a thriving, dynamic, wildly creative life. When I started to allow my life to be out of control — rather than utterly in control — my business flourished like never before, my health improved, my kids got happier, and I began to have a life that I actually love.
What if your family, your health, your relationships, and your business — could actually all contribute to one another?
When we look at it in this light, we can consider questions like, what fun and creative business conversations can you have at the dinner table with your kids? Perhaps you could take phone calls while walking in nature? What if a day at the spa would actually give you the creative juice to go forth and rock your business like never before? (One of my favorite places to go when I need new ideas in my business is a spa!)
I'm not sure where this whole idea came from that we should have 27 areas of life that are all "separate but equal," but I know for me that my creative spark doesn't actually ignite only from 9 to 5. I'm writing this article at midnight. Not because I am stressed out and overworked but because I often get inspired late at night. I took a nap at dinnertime, went to brunch with a gaggle of friends and kids, and had conference calls on my patio while my boys were sword fighting on the lawn in front of me.
Is this piquing your interest? Here are some of the questions I started asking myself to create the life and the business I now have: