Balance, a rather overused buzz word.
Aiming to help us with more ease and - balance.
But what is balance?
Pretty much all year, I´ve been in conflict with trying to keep and lead a balanced life.
Attempting to spend equal amounts of time on training, my business, family life and my relationship.
An impossible task to fulfil leading to burn-out, resentment and frustration.
Motivation for training sucked.
I became very impatient and couldn´t quite understand why.
I also didn´t want to give up my idea of needing to live a balanced life.
I picked up this idea years ago as a young mum of two children wanting to provide them a stable, solid life. Smooth sailing.
But strangely enough, the inner hunger and drive for something outside this concept drew me in part to ultra running and seriously undergoing some out-of-zone experiences. Deeply fulfilling me, giving me a sense of purpose.
The more I was fighting to keep my balance, the worse things got.
So I had to find a solution and totally re-think my definition of balance.
What came of it is the realization that balance screws me up and I believe, it has similar or the same effects on many people, specially athletes working so hard to keep the balance.
The truth is: it doesn´t work in the long run to keep everything under control.
Seeking balance causes the opposite.
The inner drive, the longing for something outside these contraints grows.
That´s when people say: I´m going to tackle a long distance race, to state one of the many ways.
And what you walk away with is a bag full of exciting, often raw experiences where you learn about yourself and how you roll.
Because it´s what matters. How you roll defines your actions. Break free from your very own concept and idea about balance. And use the tips I share with you to help you re-define your outlook on how you live, work, run and play.
To your success!
I´m curious. How do you define balance and what does it mean to you as a runner, athlete, partner, father. You name it. How do you juggle all plates in the air?
Let me know in the comments.