Have you ever eaten a meal prepared by a talented cook? It’s one of life’s simple pleasures. The right balance of time, temperature and spices becomes the difference between a great meal and one that goes uneaten. Finding the right balance of ingredients and other variables is what goes into a winning recipe.
Balance is a form of moderation. Many famous people have quotes associated with moderation – Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, and my favorite Aristotle, who proclaimed; “moderation in everything”.
By definition – moderation is the quality of avoiding extremes. It is a virtue – the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong. Aristotle defined a virtue as a balance point between a deficiency and an excess of a trait.
In business the overuse of any strength becomes a weakness – examples of this are, over dependency on key customers, spending too much, saving too much, being too hard on yourself, working too much, celebrating too much, over analyzing information – these will all hurt you if not kept in balance.
Here’s a quick 5 point recipe for staying in balance and on track towards your success:
1. Set goals – know specifically the results you want to create
2. Benchmark and measure results – Know your current reality and progress
3. Establish check points – know when you hit significant milestones towards bigger goals
4. Make adjustments – know when to ask for help and/or how to try something different
5. Celebrate wins – know that it is worth the effort and that you are rewarding yourself
Staying on track hinges movement and momentum – on awareness of where you are now, where you want to go, and moving through the steps to get there. – just follow the recipe.It’s simple but it works every time.