Sunday marked the start of spring, a new season. It got me thinking about something I’ve had to talk about a lot lately, The Balance of Nature & Achieving Life Goals.
Our future goals are very similar to…
The Four Seasons of Life.
That’s actually quite a large topic, but the context I’ve been talking about lately is actually quite simple…
Throughout your life, even throughout your year, you’re going to have times where you’re able to focus more or less on future goals.
For example, when you start a new business, a large proportion of your time and energy must be spent on that which naturally leaves less time and energy for other goals in life.
Makes sense, right?
So then, this idea of “work life balance” is really just a bunch of bologna.
Try telling the mother of a newborn to keep all things in balance.
At the same time, we must be careful not to go so all in on one life goal that we neglect all the other goals…
That only leaves our life balance really lopsided and makes it that much more difficult to get those life goals back in order.
The classic example that I see time and time again is the person who needs to pour a large amount of their time and energy into something (let’s say it’s the busy season in their job) so they completely neglect their health and fitness.
The biggest mistake all of us make when it comes to our goals in life…
Instead of focusing on what they can do they focus on what they can’t do, which usually leads them to doing nothing.
“I’ll be back when things settle down,” they say.
And, often, they are.
Except, they’re starting back at square one.
Any weight they lost is back.
Any strength they gained is gone.
It’s like they just wiped away every result they achieved.
All that time and effort was wasted.
Now, that’s a bit extreme because it wasn’t wasted. They were taking good care of themselves before so that most certainly was not a waste.
But, it’s still sad to see all their results disappear.
It’s even sadder to see their self-confidence rocked and the embarrassment many of them feel when they come back…
Which is why many of them don’t.
This could all be avoided if they understood “Four Seasons & The Balance of Nature”
I use the graph below to explain this:
The green line represents the person who starts and stops working out as their “four seasons” change.
The blue line represents the person who downshifts and upshifts their time working out as their “four seasons” change.
I’ve seen this graph play out so many times over the last 25 years.
I’ve seen people going through basically the same things (job changes, relationship issues, kid/parent stuff, financial struggles, you name it).
Person A follows the green path.
Person B follows the blue path.
One understands the “four seasons & the balance of nature” The other doesn’t.
Of course, this also has a lot to do with identity, but that’s another topic for another time.
By the way, you can apply this chart to just about any life goal.
For example, a lot of relationships go this way.
I hope this take on “life goals, four Seasons & the balance of nature” is helpful to you.
It certainly has been to me.
Unfortunately, maybe 2 out of 10 people I have this discussion with actually get it.
I really hope you’re one of the 2…
Have Faith & Take Action!
And, if you’d like to read more about the balance of nature, check out yesterday’s post about Spring Renewal & Awakening here!