Think Tank Thursday: The Power of Imbalance

Writing for Southwestern Consulting’s blog, speaker and sales consultant AJ Vaden addresses the concept of work/life balance. What if, she asks, being ‘out of balance’ is truly when you’re at your most balanced?

“In business and in life we always hear about balance. How do you balance yourself?

There isn’t really true balance in life. However, I’ve found it extremely satisfying to balance parts of your life that truly fulfill you.

But that’s hard, isn’t it? Work/life balance is almost impossible.

When we are at work, we don’t just forget about things going on at home. And when we are at home, we don’t just forget about things going on at work. Our lives are intertwined.

A quote that has always stuck with me is one from Oprah Winfrey: “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

Focusing on where we feel imbalanced actually has a negative impact on that area even more.

So how do we imbalance our lives? Do the things that make us happy, fulfilled, and we enjoy.

And what does that look like? Will it really leave you feeling equal in all areas of your life?

This is key: Strive for fullness in the things that fulfill you.

Spend time intentionally identifying what makes you feel fulfilled in life. What do you do every day that you wish you could spend more time on?

What activities in your business do you look at the clock and realize two or three hours have gone by without you even noticing? Maybe it’s prospecting or time with your clients. What activities bring you true joy in your business and in life?

Find the areas in your life that fulfill you and find a way to imbalance your life to spend more time doing those things.

Naturally you will begin to feel balanced even though there is imbalance. Make an effort to give yourself time to enjoy life.”

AJ Vaden is a professional speaker, executive business coach, certified mediation specialist and a senior consultant with Nashville, Tennessee-based Southwestern Consulting.