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Which Works Better? Balanced or Unbalanced Behavior

By Sandy Schroeder

Asking which is better, balanced or unbalanced behavior, may sound like a trick question. In a way it is. There are really two good choices. Much of life depends on staying balanced and showing up to take care of business every day.

However, some of the truly amazing feats, and astounding developments, often occur when we dive in over our heads and go for the gold! Giving every ounce of your energy and concentration may take you to the top of the charts, win over the person you want, or result in an amazing innovation.

It may have taken every bit of your focus, and a do-or-die approach, but it’s hard to argue with success.

Amazing Moments

I have watched my family discover this phenomenon. One son saw a video on glass blowing. Within months, he found himself blowing award-winning glass and selling gorgeous glass bowls and vases like hotcakes. My other son started rock climbing as a teen, and dreamed of being on Mt. Everest. About 10 years later, he made it. His smile was something to see.

The overall message, according to the New York Times, is don’t be afraid to give your all to achieve what you truly want, but always be aware when this out of balance push needs to be modified. That’s a tricky order, but one worth learning. If you can do this,  you may rack up your best goals, and never fall over the edge making too big of a push.

Rich Roll, a leading ultra-endurance athlete, said “the path to fulfillment in life, to emotional satisfaction, is to find what really excites you and channel your all into it.”

Going With the Flow

In the 1990s, the term “flow” was introduced as a state of mind in which a person completely submerged the self to the point that there was little awareness of time or space. This was known as “being in the zone."

I am not sure I ever reached that point, but I have spent many happy hours creating projects that absorbed every bit of my energy. Waking up the next morning, eager to start again, says a lot about the experience.

Perhaps the biggest caution to going with the flow may be the things that go unattended. I have known people who were so dedicated to their work that friends, family and daily duties simply had to struggle along without them for a bit. Hopefully, everything was waiting when they finally returned. 

There is a famous play by Edward Albee called A Delicate Balance. I think the feats of balance that many of us try to pull off can also be a delicate balance to be approached with care. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Madison, Wsi.

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