14 Jul How leaders face priorities
I couldn’t rid of the life principle I caught at a seminar I attended. It’s about the juggler.
He is the one who keeps two or more objects in the air at one time by alternately tossing and catching them. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/juggle) You can see them in circus or entertainment show. They are highly skillful. But, before they mastered the tricks, I am pretty sure they spent hours and days and weeks and months practicing.
How does it relate with our life?
You and I have the same 24 hours a day. No one is given much more nor given less. The only difference is what we do with what we have. The balls represent our priorities or responsibilities in life. When we were younger, we juggle at least 2 balls. Let’s say, education and family. As we get older, life gives us more balls. We’ll have our relationships, work, life goals, hobbies, needs, economic status and so on.
Now, little by little, we learn how to juggle the balls in our hand. With excellent eye contact on the balls and footwork, we can perfectly juggle 2 or 3 balls. But, as life gets complicated and as life gives us more balls to juggle, we might miss a ball or two.
When you drop a ball, here are what you can do:
1. Pick it up and juggle again.
2. Master the balance.
3. If you dropped a ball again, go back to number 1.
Don’t dare to stop. It happens to everyone. Everyone commits mistakes no matter how good they are.
Too many of us watch others juggle and wait till they drop a ball. Only true leaders care when someone failed in juggling the balls and help him perform better.