The road to success and happiness is definitely challenging. There is a lot involved in achieving success and happiness. It’s enough to make your head spin—and who needs that. It often seems like we must become experts in more areas than we have the time to consider: personal management, organizational management, intellectual management, emotional management, physical management, financial management, people management, team management, and the list goes on.
Who has time for it all? How can we possibly balance all the demands of life and work as we strive for success and happiness? It’s a pretty tall order.
We can’t sacrifice our growth and development! And yet we can’t do everything—time, or the lack of it, simply won’t allow for this. We need to find dependable personal development and success strategies that will help us achieve our maximum potential.
Balance is an Illusion
We often hear about the importance of “balance” in life, personal growth, and self improvement. Strictly speaking, however, balance is an illusion. There is no such thing as “balance.” It is impossible to achieve.
Balance is impossible to achieve because there are too many aspects of life and work to consider. No one is balanced in all areas of life. No one possesses a “balance” of skills. No one is completely “balanced” in terms of their strengths and weaknesses—and I would strongly suggest that they should not be. I mean really, who among us can be perfectly balanced in their ability to manage money, time, people, themselves, their families, and their pets? I’d like to hire that person. But he or she doesn’t exist.
Not only is “balance” unachievable, but it is also undesirable. We all have different strengths and weaknesses in varying degree. We will never be equally strong (balanced) in all skills necessary for success. Much time and energy can be wasted attempting to develop a weakness that will never—and probably should never—be a strength.
It is better to acknowledge a weakness, develop a partnership that will compliment that weakness, and then move on. There will also be times when circumstances will call for greater emphasis on one skill or characteristic over another—and not on “balance” at all. Few occasions (if any) require a “balanced” approach to achieve success.
How Well Can You Juggle?
When I was a young boy I saw someone juggling in the park and I decided that that would be a cool thing to be able to do. After much practice and many failed attempts I became a decent beginning juggler.
When juggling, a person is trying to keep several objects suspended in the air simultaneously. The motion of juggling is never perfectly fluid—although a good juggler makes it look like it is. The application of force upon each object is never the same. There are constant adjustments to be made. The juggler must feel and watch each toss, and adjust accordingly.
Personal development and the pursuit of success is more like a juggling act than it is a balancing act. You never try to develop each skill or personal trait equally. Rather, you must see and feel the needs or requirements of each interaction and circumstance, and make the necessary adjustments for the moment.
Personal growth and self improvement; team work and effectiveness; leadership skill and application; family health and dynamics; mental, emotional, and physical health and intelligence; these are all necessary components in the developmental journey as you move toward success.
But how is a person supposed to keep all these things in perfect balance? They are not! Instead, they are to juggle the needs of the moment.
Perfect balance is not possible or desirable. It is necessary to give attention to multiple factors, often simultaneously, although not necessarily equally—in other words, juggling.
The Multidimensional Nature of People
There is much involved in personal development and success. This highlights the importance of finding a dependable system of strategies for personal development and success. You don’t want to leave your future to chance.
The importance of dependable strategies is further accentuated by the multidimensional nature of people. People are multidimensional. They have depth.
You have depth! You are not a simple single cell organism with no brain and limited character. You are a complex and unique person. No one else is like you, and no one will ever be like you.
Every person is very much like a diamond. Admittedly, some are a diamond in the rough, but a diamond none-the-less. A beautiful diamond is not one dimensional. Its beauty is accentuated by the many and various angles that all reflect the light in its own unique and brilliant dance of color. Each diamond is unique in the way it reflects light, because it is unique in its nature.
Human beings are not one dimensional. They are a multidimensional complexity of strengths, characteristics, and personal styles. Each is unique it their own way, and possesses a unique combination of strengths and personal traits that will enable them to be successful in their own way.
This diversity and uniqueness makes it impossible to force any one person into a predefined box. It also elevates the importance of finding a strategy for personal development and success that work.
The Need for Depth and a Multifaceted Approach
The depth and uniqueness of people, combined with the many demands of life and work, as well as the need to address the many dimensions of personal development and success, accentuates the need for a multifaceted approach to personal development and success strategies.
Because people have depth it is important that the success and developmental strategies that they adopt also have depth. Any system of strategies for personal success and development that might be worth your time and energy must have depth and acknowledge the complexity of people, life, and work.
This does not mean that the strategies should be complicated. In fact, the opposite is true. They must be simple, though not simplistic, or we will never stick to them. Life is complex enough as it is.
The bottom line is that good success and developmental strategies must have depth if they are going to be of any use to you.
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You are much more than a one trick pony. There is more to you than most people realize, perhaps even more than you realize. You have the ability to grow and become much more than your parents, your friends, or your teachers ever imagined you to be. Open your eyes to your own potential. Open your mind to the possibilities of your own greatness.
Accept your own diversity and become familiar with your own set of personal traits. Where do your strengths lie? What are your weaknesses? Where do you need to grow and develop to achieve success? Search for strategies that will help you to become all that you can be, so that you may accomplish what you were born to accomplish.
You are more than a one trick pony, and more than one trick is needed to achieve your potential and the success you desire and deserve. The personal development and success strategies of Human Optimization™ recognize both these realities, and helps people to achieve their destiny.