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Work Life Balance.... Ha! Ha! Ha! NO WAY!
By Pat Obuchowski
"There's no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences." - Jack Welch
I met with one of my clients for our first meeting where we set expectations of each other. One of the first 'assignments' I give my clients is to write down their top 10 values and rank them according to importance. When I asked this of my client, the first thing she asked is ”Should I write the values for my work life or my personal life?" 
I asked, "What is the difference?"
She had no answer.  
I never believed in the concept of "Work/Life Balance". I always strove for the concept of integrating my life and knowing that along the way I always had a choice of where I spend my time and energy. Not easy, but it is possible. 
I attended an event sponsored by Linda Holroyd's FountainBlue (  a few months ago on "How to Juggle More Balls Up Higher". The panel of highly evolved and powerful women from companies like eBay, Cisco and Symantec all agreed there is no perfect way to find work/life balance.  They encouraged all to have realistic objectives when it comes to this topic, as well as realizing it's about deciding when we want to be that "Super-whatever" we want to be. It's not about having it "all" all the time. It is about what we focus on which changes all the time. 
A few other suggestions about this issue:
  • Make proactive, considered choices about what you want to focus on at any one time. 
  • Stay present and focused on your choices.
  • Park the guilt. Guilt wastes energy. You need all your energy to stay focused. Remember, you have a choice. 
  • Surround yourself at work and at home with people who partner with you on your shared goals.  These folks will help you integrate your work and life.
  • Find a way to be calm, centered and grounded.
  • Celebrate your successes and celebrate what you've learned in your failures.
  • Remember the words attributed to Mother Theresa: "May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be."
Work/Life Puzzle Piece
"We (sic) need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away." - Barbara deAngelis 
Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life...don't wait...model leadership...the World needs us to do this.
Lead strong!
Found a free assessment on line. Always helpful to learn a little bit more about yourself and your impact. Try it and let me know how it works for you.
VIDEO: Work Life Balance is Hazardous to your Health by Andy Clark. Although focused to lawyers a great reminder about being on a “Fool’s Errand”. 
BOOK:  The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success by Teresa A. Taylor
WORK/LIFE IMAGE: Found at Available from Google Images.
"If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change." - John A. Simone, Sr.
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Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!
Pat Obuchowski 
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer 
Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".
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Pat Obuchowski
Brief Biography
Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.
The approach to achieve this and create this alliance is individually based and is designed between Pat and each of her clients.
"Hire Pat. You will be very happy with the results. My organization, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), was looking for a dynamic and professional speaker for our Leadership series. I found Pat on LinkedIn and was impressed with her background. I immediately contacted her. I am so glad I did. She listened to our needs and developed a workshop that was fun, experiential, educational and practical. We gained insights into mastering our strengths as leaders. We invited her back to work with our Board of Directors."
- Lexi Moriarty, Retail Real Estate Professional, 
CREW Board Member
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