February 2016: Introduction to The Balanced Achiever

February 29, 2016: #5: The Balanced Achiever

I promised you a little announcement at the end of this series—and I hope you can get as excited about it as I am. Thanks to your feedback and the many wheels running in my little mind, a long-brewing idea has become solidified.

Let me ask you this: What if you could pick the brains of successfully satisfied achievers? What if you could ask them about the path they traveled, how they came to the turning point that fulfilled their life and chosen work? Just what they would tell YOU about how to avoid their pitfalls and slowdowns?

Well, that is exactly what I am going to do: Ask those questions just for you!  With REAL mentors (forget the famous people) across the country and more, from dozens of fields. Mentors who embody “Live. Blend. Achieve.”, asking them just what it is they consider keys to their lifestyle performance and satisfaction.

“The Balanced Achiever” will be the driving force giving meaning and substance to WLC. It will give you more than just the words coming out of my mouth, those lessons I have been taught that I’m trying to share. This project will show the experiences of others I want to pass on, creating the opportunity to give depth in what we share. The best part to me? It completely supports the peripheral missions that WLC hopes to achieve over the years.

  • Professional development
  • Leadership (a different evolution)
  • Direction
  • Courage

I’ve got a lot to tell about this, but, hey, why rush it? We’ve got plenty of time together. But as these plans solidify over the next several months, I will share regular updates until we launch.

Keep expecting the content you are expecting, and watch it grow! And yourself too!

Your friend,

John

 

February 24, 2016: #4 Burnout Risk: The Evidence of Occurrence

 

If burnout seems like some abstract “not me” thing not possible for the kind of skill and agility you have, think again.

Understanding that burnout is very real is hard to grasp for many people, and accepting that the risk is very present is even harder. Especially pragmatists and inveterate hard pushers.

By toying with some numbers, dancing around the ideas of occurrence (for anything), hopefully it provides some strong evidence how even small odds are still gateways to slippery slopes. Hopefully it brings clarity and gives pause to consider your current position.

Opening that “Ah!” door is the first step to higher possibilities than you thought you knew.

(And if you haven’t been there yet, I hope you get what being bitten by a shark can do to your perspective—before you’re bitten!)

 

February 17, 2016: #3 Performance and Sacrifice Definitions

 

Before I even get to the sacrificing yourself part, it’s key to address just what it is we’re talking about with what Performance is and what Sacrifice means in this context.  (And stays true to this month’s re-introductory theme.)

In this summary, you may notice very specific key words left out of these definitions and “what they are not” phrases skipped (notice for example we don’t discuss measurement of performance). Maybe the definitions don’t even seem right to you. I guarantee that as you continue following this process, you’ll find just how spot on they are.

The rest of this piece really ties together neatly with the bigger chapter it covers. So I’ll be sure to make the full version of this speech available in May after we finish the next couple of series in place.

See you next week!

 

February 10, 2016: #2

 

What is this whole “Live. Blend. Achieve.” thing all about? Sounds kinda hokey, eh?

Well, we can (and several good colleagues and mentors have) get into hours of philosophical branches and challenges to the practice. But here’s what it boils down to.

Our high-performance mentality often strives to do better and better and better in order to improve the things around us. Whether it’s as a parent, a manager, an expert, or a giver, doing better means we need to reach higher, harder, and longer.

But in talking with so many highly “successful” mentors, those who have spent a good chunk of life striving, one theme is concurrent. Ultimately, turning their eyes to “Life” first begot their genuine success.

Check out this week’s brief audiocast for an amusing analogy that might bring it to life a little more.

 

February 3, 2016: Introduction to the Balanced Achiever

 

As many times as I re-recorded this to improve several things, something just didn’t sound right for today. So I’m taking a leap to release a first “Raw,” an unrehearsed recording from nearly a year ago.

These are examples of how I work—extemporaneous brainstorms, explorations, and streams-of-consciousness. Simple “notes to self,” attempts to chase things out of my head for later re-working.

The audio quality, semantics, and other “professionalism” factors aren’t there because they never were intended to be final drafts. But sometimes something about it is just right. Flaws and all.

This week’s “Introduction to the Balanced Achiever” is an overarching idea of just why this whole Work-Life Chemistry things burns inside. Just what it is that motivates me to want to reach out and contribute more in Professional Development, especially with aspiring professionals and parents. And just what it is I hope to achieve for them.

The next few weeks we’ll continue digging in to the base of Work-Life Chemistry, expanding on a few of the main tenets to get some meat behind these seemingly abstract designs. I really think you’ll like this month.