Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The idea of balance is exactly that—an idea. In philosophy "the golden mean" is the moderate middle between two polar extremes, a concept used to describe a place between two positions that is more desirable than one state or the other. This is a grand idea, but not a very practical one. Idealistic, but not realistic. Balance doesn't exist.
This is tough to conceive, much less believe, mainly because one of the most frequent laments is "I need more balance," a common mantra fro what's missing in most lives. We hear about balance so much we automatically assume it's exactly what we should be seeking. It's not. Purpose, meaning, significance—these are what make a successful life. Seek them and you will most certainly live your life out of balance, criss-crossing an invisible middle line as you pursue your priorities. The act of living a full life by giving time to what matters is a balancing act. Extraordinary results require focused attention and time. Time on one thing means time away from another. This makes balance impossible.
-Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results