Challenging Concepts that have Become Platitudes
Many people talk about work life balance to the point where it has become a platitude and used as a buzzword to fill blogs, whitepapers, conversations or speeches. Another is the concept of thinking outside the square or thinking outside the box.
I believe there is no box or square outside which you need to think. If you think there is a box then you have probably already reached the maximum level of thinking that you can achieve on your own. I believe that the box is an individual’s own perception of their or other people’s limitations.
Similarly I believe that work life balance is an illusion and that what is important is ‘life balance’. Now this may seem like a discussion of semantics to some, but it is not. Most people have a work life and a private life. Some are lucky enough to not to have to work and have a hobby life instead of a work life and others are luckier still (my perspective and may require deeper explanation) and have made their hobby their work. Both are your life and both require balance. They need to be balanced within themselves and not against each other.
Another concept is that of stepping out of your comfort zone. What I believe is really meant is that people need to break old limiting or disabling habits. I do not doubt that people can lapse into a state of being comfort with their status quo even though it does not serve them. However when you are truly in the zone, and better yet in YOUR comfort zone, I believe you are in a space where you can work your greatest magic. You are in that place, your flow, the zone, whatever, where you excel at what you do. Too many people try to be something they are not and it is times like these that they step out of their comfort zone and underperform; not to be confused with learning a new skill