MYTH: We should strive for balance.

REALITY: The word “balance” is code for mediocrity.

This is one of my personal pet peeves.  When I hear someone reference “balance,”  it’s usually in conversation with a mother. Personally, I have no interest in balance because I loathe mediocrity.

I don’t think that Mia Hamm, Serena Williams, Barbara Walters, Mary Lou Retton, Tara Dorres, or any other of the “greats” in history ever strove for “balance.”  If they had, you wouldn’t recognize their names right now.

A little of this and a little of that” never got anyone anywhere great. If you want to excel at anything, forget balance and prepare to focus and commit your time.  It’s OK to become obsessed with a goal, business, sport, activity, or whatever it is that floats your boat if you want to get to the top.

If you hunger for success or achievement, focus without apology and be careful with your time. Time is your only commodity, and you’ll have to invest it instead of spending it in areas of your life that aren’t important to you.

This won’t resonate with everyone.  That’s OK.  Personally, I spend 50% of my waking time being a mom and the remaining 50% is devoted to fitness, career, and blogging while my daughter is in school.  The biggest time wasters for me are phone talk, grocery shopping, cleaning/laundry, and miscellaneous errand running, which detract from the precious minutes I have to maintain a career and a blog.

The take home point is this-kick mediocrity to the curb.  Go for your personal best or your goal and be efficient with your time. Raise an eyebrow the next time you hear someone praise the idea of “balance.”