Let’s use a practical example to help demonstrate what it means to maintain balance.
You have a great idea for your company. It will sell, hit the market before your competition and best of all, managing its implementation will help you earn Market Force throughout the company. So you pitch it to the big man. He loves it. But a breakdown occurs when he suggests you include someone else in your project to ensure the idea gets launched as planned. Worse yet, you have a history of not working well with the suggested colleague.
You leave your manager’s office ticked-off, worried about potential delays from new input and being robbed of your expected growth experience. You’re suddenly more focused on being frustrated than you are on the project.
This is where you have the potential to really lose balance.
However, if you’re upset at the boss’s suggestion, then you are aware the breakdown. This is good. To maintain balance, look again at your intention: the great idea. Remember, the boss loved it. Your projections were solid. Your competition isn’t close to a similar offering. And you will still grow from the experience. Moreover, your new teammate’s input may even improve the project, bettering your intention. You may grow more than you thought simply because you moved passed the breakdown and created new action. Implement your idea as planned and next time, it will be yours to run with solo.
Until then, stay balanced by recognizing breakdowns.