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The balance between our work and our personal lives will always be what Andy Stanley calls a “tension to manage.” We need to strive for balance, but we will never fully find it. What we can do, is be as intentional as possible in fighting for this balance. It’s in this daily fight that we can discover how to manage the tension appropriately.
Here are three ways we can fight for balance between our work and our personal lives.
Fight - Balance - Permission - Enough
Fight for balance by giving yourself permission to say “good enough.”
Sometimes “good enough” is truly good enough. If you’re a leader, that sentence probably sent shivers down your spine.
Lot - Mediocracy - Compromise - Case - Point
Good enough . . . good enough . . . that sounds a lot like mediocracy and compromise. In this case, good enough simply means you recognize that at a certain point you need to stop working on a project or task. As leaders, it’s easy for us to see the endless list of areas that could have been improved on if we had only just worked a little harder. Finding the appropriate time to say “good enough” means launching our event, shipping our product, or moving to phase two. If we don’t adopt a healthy understanding of “good enough,” we run the risk of working to exhaustion as we strive for perfection. Since we are leaders, an unhealthy demand for perfection could also lead those who follow us to share in this unhealthiness. Give yourself permission to say “good enough” at the right times.
Fight for balance by working hard and resting well.
Culture - Top - Per - Research - Project
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