Friday, March 4, 2011

How Big Are Your Circles?

Every now and then you meet people who seem to have an inside track on creating a great life.

One of the other presenters at the Steel Erectors Association of America convention in Myrtle Beach is Willy Stewart, CEO of Stewart Engineering in Cary, NC. Willy is one of those people who seems to have a corner of life figured out.

His program looked at balance as a key for not only creating a successful personal life but a successful business.Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric likes to talk about the fact that balance is a myth. If you are ambitious you're always going to be out of balance. But, Willy talks about continuing to strive for a sense of balance in a variety of areas.

One of the key points related to discipline. What I took away about discipline had to do with setting goals and using practical ways to get yourself on the path to making to achieving the.

This is where meeting Willy got interesting. He's an engineer so he looks at goals and achievement and life as an engineer would. He uses reverse engineering (look at the goal you want to achieve and then keep backing up, year-b-year, month-by-month, and day-by-day, to figure out what you need to do today to make sure you reach your goal a year from now) as an effective tool to create short-term steps to reach long-term goals.

He has a great exercise...try this: Draw 3 interconnected circles symbolizing Work, Self, Family...and draw their size representing how much of your life they take up. You'll quickly see where your life focus is.

Now, if you're like some folks you'll see that some of the circles are a lot bigger than others. What can you do to bring them into a little more balance?

Have a great weekend. Do something this weekend that brings your life a little more into balance.

See you on Monday.

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