Friday, May 23, 2008

Juggling

Life is busy. All of us rarely are working on just one thing at a time, therefore spreading ourselves thin, but getting things done. As our schedules and demands increase it is ever important for us to learn the act of juggling. Since I’m a big believer in not recreating the wheel, just enhancing its performance, we need to look no further than the actual act of juggling to learn how to balance out our lives.

When learning to juggle the first thing you learn is to not throw the ball too high in the air. By throwing the ball at a manageable height, you have better control over the path of the ball, make an easier catch, and create a comfortable pace at which you are juggling.

Secondly you learn that when the first ball is at its peak, you begin to throw the second ball. This is done so that you have ample time to control the first ball securely in your hand before the second ball reaches its peak. In doing this you can comfortably initiate new action while the primary action is already on its path.

The next step is to control your surroundings. When learning to juggle, many people throw the ball too far forward, therefore having to cover a lot of ground without looking where you are going. If you are constantly moving while juggling, cut off your surroundings by getting close to a wall. This will allow you to control your throw so that it is straight up in the air, and you can do your work without wandering aimlessly.

The final step in juggling is to know that you will fail, the balls will hit the floor, and you will have to figure out a better way to accomplish your task. Failure is essential in succeeding when it comes to juggling. Through failure comes mastery which will set you up for new challenges. After dropping two balls several hundred times you will eventually get it and be able to move on to three, four, or to whatever your goal is.

In relation to life, we first need to understand that we cannot throw our goals too far in the air and bite off more than we can chew. If we can throw our goals out to a manageable height, we can better control its path, and create a better pace for success. If we are to juggle multiple ideas or projects, we first must be able to control one of them in order to take on others.

Our next step in juggling life is to allow one project to get to its peak before we launch another. By allowing one project to peak first, we have the ability to create new ideas with which we can invest the focus that is necessary to get it off the ground. The new action we are initiating has a better chance to succeed when we have a firm grasp on our primary project.

All of this needs to be done in a controlled environment. If we allow our surroundings or focus to have too large of a perimeter we are forced to chase from one idea to another without having the ability to cover that much ground. Controlling your environment means that you have to be able to see where you are moving because if you can’t see the ground you are walking on you are likely to stumble on the unknown.

Our final step in learning to juggle life is to know that we will fail many more times than we will succeed. More is learned through failure than success because you have to eventually think things through. When we allow ourselves to think about our actions we are far more likely to see opportunity, which leads to mastery and success. When success comes easily we tend to think that it will always be that way so we become careless and tend to expect what we don’t necessarily deserve.

When pursuing success you can expect more juggling in your life because you will be presented with more viable opportunities. If you try to juggle three things before you learn to juggle two, you will have missed essential steps in mastery. Without mastery there is no success, and without the hope of success we cut off any chance for opportunity. Juggling is an art, and whether you are juggling for leisure or life, the necessary steps are already in place for us to master.

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