One challenge I face when living my personal best is balancing my ambition with my play.
Have you ever experienced this? Over the years I have learned and continue to “re-learn” that when my ambitious side takes over completely, I end up feeling tired..and even somewhat resentful of my ambitious efforts. In order to get back in balance, I give myself permission to play more. When I do, I come back feeling renewed and ready to take on the next challenge. I want to re-iterate that excellence is not perfection. If it were, we would have nothing to strive for.
A favorite book of mine on this topic of play called the Exuberant Animal talks about how many of us have forgotten how to play– and as a result, we suffer from all kinds of body, mind and spirit ailments. I tend to agree with this. Here’s a quote from the book I absolutely love:
I encourage you to play more on your path to excellence. I rarely meet anyone on this path who tells me they play too much!!