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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Career, Money, Health - can you have it all...?

...or do we have to compromise...

Imagine that you are a professional Juggler...

You are highly skilled, trained and qualified and you are juggling FIVE balls; each of these balls has a name...
  1. Money...

  2. Family...

  3. Health...

  4. Status...

  5. Possessions..

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As you get more proficient and skilled you throw the balls higher and faster, but as you get faster the risk of dropping one of them increases...
The challenge we face is; which ball do we drop in order to get the others to go higher and faster...

Which one would you choose if you had to..?

Each ball has a different effect when it is dropped too...
The Money Ball bounces back immediately, even though it makes a big noise as it hits the ground...
The Family Ball is resilient and bounces well, but has a soft coating that damages easily leaving scars, even after it has been caught and healed...
The Health Ball has a tough coating but inside where you can't see, it is easily and irreparably damaged if dropped...
The Status Ball is imaginary and can be created at will, it only exists in the mind and has no value except to the ego...
The Possessions Ball is shiny synthetic and attractive but naturally decays over time, if dropped is easily replaced..
For many they drop the Health Ball first, followed by the Family Ball and focus on what they feel is the most precious ball of all - the Money Ball...
The Money, Possession and Status Balls are all given priority, the others are dropped, kicked, denied or lost forever...

Which Balls have you dropped recently...?

At an event in the UK, I was chatting to the CEO of a large company over dinner after a conference...
He was about 50 years old and was sat at the table juggling his Money, Status and Possession Balls for all to see - if you know what I mean...
What I couldn't see any evidence of were is Family and Health Balls...
During the conversation, he asked me who was sat on my right - I explained that this was Lynn, my wife and business partner; we always travel and attend events together...
He looked shocked - I had just kicked him in one of his Balls; the Family one...
I could never do that; I've been married three times and divorced twice. My wife doesn't understand what I do anyway...
Then allowed me to kick him again..
He asked who was sat with Lynn..
I explained that Jonathan and Richard were our sons and that whenever we could we included them in events workshops and conferences too...
never had time for kids, always too busy; having a family and growing a business don't go well together...

Well they do for me...!

We can see what priorities people have in life, they are juggling their chosen balls in plain view for everyone to see..
Some only have one, usually either the Status or Money Ball. Some have two or three; the challenge for all of us is to successfully juggle all five..

This is Jonathan and Lynn in Metz, where we live - I will be in trouble for sharing this one probably...
A truly successful, fulfilled and professional Juggler can keep all the Balls in the air all the time - and at any time one gets dropped, they don't kick it away and ignore it, they pick it up again...

Life is does not have to be about compromise, but it is about priority...

My focus and absolute priority has been and remains Family, I admit I have dropped the Health Ball a few times and it now needs a bit of restorative love and care - so I'm working with a Health Coach to bring it back to it's former glory...
If you want to see a convincing story - check out Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead...

Mouse Here to take a look...

This is Richard our youngest, sitting on my Bike at our home in France last summer...
Have my Money, Status and Possession Balls been dropped as a consequence of this...?
No not at all - and they don't have to be for anyone...
So for 2015, just think about which Balls you need to pick up again, which need some care and repair and which ones in reality are synthetic and unimportant..

Have fun in 2015, and don't let anyone kick you in the Balls...

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