And once we’re on the topic of balance let’s have a quick look at the benefits of being off balance! Paradoxically, it seems, balance needs to be balanced with healthy doses of off-balance!
In a recently published book - Off Balance. Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction - author Matthew Kelly states that work-life balance proposition does not work and that it was a mistake from the start. He contends it is not only unachievable, but undesirable as well.
Matthew Kelly challenges the very idea of seeking balance in our lives and he asserts that what we actually want is for personal and professional satisfaction, not balance. Balancing, he contends, prevents us from these satisfactions and he illustrates that we, like all who have achieved greatness before us, must make sacrifices in some areas to obtain this satisfaction.
Matthew conducted a survey that found people overwhelming prefer satisfaction to balance in both the workplace and home. “Over the past three years I have asked more than ten thousand respondents, ‘If you had to choose between balance and satisfaction, which would you choose?’ Not a single respondent chose balance over satisfaction.”
- What is your own thinking regarding balance and satisfaction?