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One of my favorite guiding principles / quotes is:
“All things in moderation, including moderation.” (attributed to Mark Twain, but I can’t verify that).
This idea is one that keeps you centered – balanced across all of the different aspects of your life. Let’s face it, as a business owner you wear a lot of hats – both in the business and out of the business. You are the leader, the face of the business, probably the guy emptying the trash can…and on top of that, you’re a spouse, maybe a parent, a member of your church, a neighbor, a friend and possibly lots of other things. If you let one of the roles you play become too dominant, all of the other roles will suffer.
Think about a workaholic that you know – maybe it’s an entrepreneur, maybe it’s a corporate hard charger trying to get up the ladder. In either case, you might admire their capacity for hard work and possibly you admire their results or their success, but it’s unlikely that you envy their life overall, they aren’t in balance (and it’s not sustainable in the long run.).
This idea of having and embracing clear cut roles in your life is important when you start thinking about your planning for next year.