in a state of crisis, maintaining life balance is nearly impossible. You will have to pay the price and make the necessary sacri- fices–I know I did. Thinking that you can maintain balance during this time will only
cause you more frustration and anxiety. If you’re
going through hell, just keep going through it.
Maintain your composure and stay committed
to seeing it through.
So, that leads to a marvelous life lesson.
No one has ever achieved true greatness
and simultaneously maintained balance.
If you doubt this statement, that’s ok.
I would like you to do this quick exercise:
One: Close your eyes and think of the 10 greatest people in the world who have inspired you.
Two: Write down their names.
Three: Now, read their names individually and
honestly write next to their names “yes” or “no”
to this question. Do you believe they fully understood how to be authentic servers of others?
Four: Those that were authentic servers,
did they truly enjoy life balance? “yes” or “no”
Five: I encourage you to email me your
conclusions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Case in point: All or almost all of your names
of the “great ones” that were also “authentic
servers” rarely maintained a life of balance, while
rendering amazing service. Are you?
community, and there were damaged
homes everywhere you looked. But the
real challenge was that people lost their
way of life. My team and I had made
promises before Katrina, and now we
knew they needed us more than ever.
It didn't matter if you were my current
insurance customer in St. Bernard Parish.
I was re-engaged, recommitted and willing to help anyone who needed it.
After Katrina, I motivated my team
to be relentless and never give up on
accomplishing their tasks. “Come hell
or high water, you do whatever it
takes,” I would urge them. “Get totally
clear on what the goals are, and then
totally commit to git-‘er-done.”
Even though I didn’t have a perma-
nent office from August 2005 through
June 2006, my next step was to enroll
my team in an Agency Development
Program (ADP). It helped us to re-
engage and identify the building blocks
for our business and our personal lives.
The mindset was to focus on being
there for others and making a differ-
ence in their lives.