“In the gym, if you experience no stimulus your muscles won’t grow. If you step under 10,000 pounds your body will break.
Life is similar.
Too much challenge makes life hard, but so does too little.”– James Clear
Great analogy. It’s such a delicate balance it’s hard to find it. Put the pressures of a pandemic under that as well, and it gets even harder. Balance becomes even more important. To much, burn out sets in, sometimes even irreversible damage. To little, boredom or our disengaged self sets in. Weekly assessments and even daily journaling can take that balance awareness and sharpen it.
Often what I try to do is work through three simple sentences that I learned from a growth model in my work experiences:
What worked today?
What didn’t work today?
What can I do differently, if anything for next time?
I get a lot of answers with those self-reflections. If you’re working through teams or are a leader of teams, these are great meeting recap questions to ask a group. Trying to define success or failure you can apply those questions as SWAT analysis.
Whether single self-reflections or one-to-one drives or with any entire team of people this is how I believe you can start to find balance between to much and not enough. Just start by asking simple questions. Don’t make it overtly complicated. I find it can only make it worse.
Hope you’re well. Be safe. Thanks for leading, being human, and reading to get better. Stay true to you!