Tactics: Are you a Juggler or Bird Dog?

juggler Nathan Rupert

Call it an unscientific observation, but there seems to be plenty of blog posts lately about work-life balance.  So, I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss tactics and strategy in relation to this concept.

Strategy may be described as an overall guiding plan to achieve a future goal or reality.  Tactics are the means or actions taken to carry out that plan. Logically, strategy and tactics must work in tandem if anything is to be accomplished!

So, back to work-life balance.  At the end of the day, I think most folks have a similar overall life strategy which includes some variation of fulfillment and meaning.  But, the pursuit is as unique as each individual.  Whether realized or not, each of us uses tactics to make our dreams a reality.

These days, it appears that many folks seek to balance everything imaginable at once. “Having it all” can be quite a juggling act!  Hopefully, there are people out there that can truly negotiate this balancing act successfully.

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Personally, I’m more like a bird dog.  Yes, you read right…a bird dog.   Bird dogs relentlessly pursue one objective.  We get one shot at life, so I’ve chosen tactics which allow me the freedom to immerse myself in a task at hand.  Right now, my undivided attention is on career in the form of graduate school and work. (Luckily, I have a patient partner who has a similar mindset!)   Deliberately deciding to not have kids, to have zero debt, and to majorly downsize our home in the near future are all tactics I’m using to pursue a passionate life.

Juggler or a bird dog: there is no right or wrong answer.  Hopefully, the tactics you choose fit your daily life and serve your ultimate goal.

Drop me a note: What tactics have helped you reach a goal?  What doesn’t work?

I’m looking forward to hearing from you…

It’s your move.  Make it a great one!



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