The Art of Purposeful Imbalance

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

~ Albert Einstein

The Art of Purposeful Imbalance

By Todd Duncan

Famed tightrope walker Tino Wallenda and his family, the Flying Wallendas, have been walking on high wires without nets for nearly a century. When asked how he maintains balance on a wire with nothing but earth beneath him, Tino gently corrects the assumption: “The reality is that you are never actually balanced; you are constantly making small adjustments – moving back and forth – and it’s those constant movements that keep you on the wire. The truth is, if you stand still, you fall.”

The same is true of harmonizing our personal and professional worlds. You are never actually balanced, nor should you try to be. To ensure a more harmonious existence, you must keep yourself moving – carefully teetering and tottering between work and life activities. Like a tightrope walker, you must regularly make adjustments back and forth to keep standing. The key is being purposeful, having sound reasons for everything you do (Duncan, p. xi).

From: Duncan, T. (2010). Life on the wire: avoid burnout and succeed in work and life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call To Action

Are you being purposeful in your activities and focus?  What is your process for being purposeful?

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 – 9 am to noon  EST
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You have two more months to complete the goals you created for 2012. What project would you like to get on top of and accomplish this month that will help you hit those goals? Come to Pounce on a Project IV – – 2012.

Join me on Thursday, November 29th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare what you want to accomplish: marketing calls to hit your numbers, adding a shopping cart to your website, or cleaning your office so you can find the goals you created in January.

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