Balance

We all know the importance and desirability of work life balance. We can’t pick up a newspaper or magazine without seeing an article on it. Even the Government has got in on the act.

I think they’ve got it wrong. I think talking about work life balance suggests that we need more life and less work. But for business owners, work is part of life, and a very important and potentially rewarding one at that.

Let’s talk life balance instead, which is fundamental to the Breakthrough Company programme, and one of the key differentiators from other business coaching and training programmes.

If you think your business is more important than your health and your relationships, you’re not the kind of person we want on the programme and you won’t want to hear what we’ve got to say anyway. And chances are, you won’t be around for much longer anyway.

In business coaching, we see three reasons why balance is important:

First, no one lay on their death bed wishing they’d spent more time at the office. A successful life is one in which we’ve got relationships in which we’re challenged to grow, enough physical energy to do the things we want to do, and a business that provides us with stimulation, satisfaction and reward in equal measure.

Second, think about the opposite. If you haven’t got a health problem, you haven’t got a problem. And if things are going wrong at home, things will go wrong at work.

Third, rich relationships and plenty of energy puts you in the frame of mind that is more likely to lead to success at work.

The key to achieving greater balance in life is simple (and actually not all that hard to do). The reason things get out of balance is that the urgency and habit of work tends to crowd out your physical and emotional wellbeing goals. By taking the time to remind yourself of the importance of your relationships and your physical energy, and applying the Breakthrough Company process of goal setting, commitment and review, you will quickly bring these things back into focus. And having restored them to their rightful importance in your life, you will never lose sight of them again.

Breakthrough Company members often achieve balance more quickly than anything else they achieve in the programme, because the Breakthrough Compnay approach is so powerful and so simple to implement that its results are almost immediate.

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