Maybe We All Need a Little Less Balance

Brad Stulberg:

But even so, I don’t believe that balance — which essentially asks us to never go all-in on anything — is the right solution. I think far better than striving for balance is striving for what psychologists call internal self-awareness, or the ability to see yourself clearly by assessing, monitoring and proactively managing your core values, emotions, passions, behaviors and impact on others. Put differently, internal self-awareness is about creating the time and space to know yourself; constantly check in with yourself (since your “self” changes over time); and then live your life accordingly.

Despite the current conventional wisdom, I wholeheartedly agree that "balance" isn't always the best thing. Sometimes it a nice word for half-hearted attempts at many things. Better to know your own self and act accordingly. 


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