I consider myself a member of the best generation. The perfect combination of knowing how to send snail mail, use a payphone, write a physical check, use the Dewey decimal system, and blow on a Nintendo cartridge to make it work again.
If you guessed that I am an 80's baby, then you are probably my people. And while all these things are great, the best skill I learned being an 80's baby and having great parents is the skill of "juggling. "
I read all the time about work/life balance. Perhaps, because I'm a single mother, an entrepreneur, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and so many other things; I honestly have never been able to grasp that concept. Yet, the more I focus on understanding and developing myself, the more I comprehend. I never struggle with balance because my core values are well developed and rooted (FYI: you will need a strong core to balance…I'm a former dancer, so just trust me). So instead of focusing and working on balance, I work on learning how to juggle better.
Juggling requires knowing WHEN to pick up something, WHEN to put it down, and WHEN to shift your focus from many to a few. I'm so thankful that my parents required me to work as a teenager, maintain the honor roll, and develop my talents; instead of the new motto of "just focusing on school." Why? Because focusing on one thing at a time is NOT real life…ouch. I see so many parents today not requiring their kids to work or develop a talent and "just focus on school," and then I see those same kids still thinking and moving like a child into adulthood because they never developed the mindset required to be decisive.
Decisiveness requires maturity. However, maturity is developed through making mistakes. Learning what went wrong, and then executing new behaviors. When you are only doing "one thing," you are not upgrading. You are not upgrading your abilities, skills, or your level of thinking. Not upgrading means you are becoming ordinary. Now, please do not confuse juggling with multitasking because it is NOT.
I strive NOT to multitask because it is the downward spiral of inefficiency, incompleteness, and errors. Juggling is the ability to be organized, maintain a rhythm, and stay in the flow of your area of genius. While multitasking requires you to attempt to use the same time for several different tasks. Juggling requires you to know what's most important at the moment and then focus solely on them. Because juggling requires a rhythm, I know I am never behind. I am in sync with my purpose because I am moving at my tempo. Juggling will always keep you moving forward because juggling never loses its momentum.
Momentum is necessary if you are going to build and maintain a purpose-centered business. Momentum is HOW you maintain your standards because it keeps you consistent. With that being said, let's dive into the benefits of developing the skill of juggling.
Juggling will force you into being focused. Yes, I said force, and that's not a bad thing, and here's why. When you take your eye off the main ball (your vision), all the balls come crashing to the floor.
The real skill of juggling requires a certain level of strength to hold your arms up for a certain length of time. Juggling the areas of your life will require you to develop strength of character, boundaries, and execution.
Just like anything, the more you practice, the better you become. The better you become, the faster you can implement. The faster the implementation in your business, the more money you stop leaving on the table.
There is something magical that happens to you when you find your unique rhythm and tempo. You realize you are the designated driver for your destiny. It won't be your mama or your homegirl; it will be YOU.
So listen, I know you are probably wondering when the hell do I get to put the balls down Kandis? And my answer is any time you want. Remember I NEVER said I'm juggling all 999 balls of my life all the time. There are times when I put 998 down and allow myself to just be a woman, just be a mother, or just simply do nothing.
However, the truth is I'm always juggling something because I know the importance of maintaining my focus, increasing my strength, enhancing my speed, and developing my drive.
WHO AM I?
I’m Kandis Troutman, The Creative Architect. I'm a mother, teacher, and spiritual seeker focused on purpose walking, and serving others. I help women activate their God-given power so they can transform their purpose into a prosperous business.
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