We are always looking for the ‘secret’-what is the secret to looking 10 years younger? What is the secret to having more energy? What’s the secret to everybody else’s problem not becoming my problem? And the big one-What’s the secret to finding balance in life? We want to know the one thing we can do which by doing it will make our life easier and better-what is the SECRET??? I discovered my secret to life balance while coaching gymnastics.
Part of the reality of the sport of gymnastics is dealing with being out of balance and falling. Even with the highest level of coaching in skill development, we could not remove the possibility of imbalance and falling. If imbalance and falling were an unavoidable reality, what else did they need coaching on? And then it hit me-balance was all about Recovery!
Learning how to quickly and efficiently recover from an imbalance gave the gymnast a higher chance of not falling! And if they did fall, knowing how to recover quickly and regain focus gave them a better chance of accomplishing their goal. If we learn how to quickly and efficiently recover from life imbalances, we will have a greater chance of not crashing! And if we do crash, knowing how to recover will give us a greater chance of re-focusing, getting back on track and having the fulfilling life we want!
This is a blog about experience in life…the issues we all deal with and how to use a coaching perspective to move through them in an empowering way. Life Balance is one of those experiences we all share in common. As we explore recovery skills over the next few blogs, let me leave you with 2 foundational principles of balance.
1. Balance is a dynamic energy-not static. To work toward equilibrium requires movement. If you try to balance on one foot-you will move in your ankle, leg or whole body to try to find balance.
2. Balance takes core strength. In the gym, core strength is developed by conditioning your abdominals-your ‘inner’ or ‘center’ muscles’.
In life, balance actually requires you to move, to make choices, to counter-balance at times. This often will create tension and risk. Sometimes you have two really good choices and you still have to choose one to move toward balance. Will it be the better choice? What will be the cost? What will be the benefit?
In life, core strength is found in your thoughts, feelings, values, perspectives and behavior! These are what you have complete control over. The more you know yourself, the stronger your core. The stronger your core, the clearer you will be in making empowered choices.