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Mastering Work/Life Balance

Dear Friend,

Let’s face it… We’re all busy.

Managing tasks/work along with all the relationships we have is one of the hardest things about being an adult.

There are tons of concepts on “work/life balance” out there. Most say it’s a “time” issue. While learning how to manage time is certainly helpful, I actually think it’s more about mindset.

My friend Jeremie Kubicek (co-founder of GiANT and Leadercast) just released his second video in his free training series called the 5 Gears. It’s all about Work/Life balance…and how to master it.

Click below to watch it:

Video #2: Mastering Work/Life Balance


Tracee J. Swank, Leader
Church Doctor Ministries

P.S. – If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the first video in the series where he actually teaches you the 5 Gears. It’s really powerful and super easy to start implementing right away.

Watch it here now:

Video #1: The 5 Gears System


Here’s what the video is all about:

In video 2, Jeremie teaches 3 brand new tools and relates them to the 5 Gears.

:: Tool 1 – Know Yourself to Lead Yourself ::

The first tool is “Know Yourself to Lead Yourself”. This tool will help people:

  • Become aware of their current reality (knowing yourself)
  • Learn how to change their reality (leading yourself)
  • Address certain actions they take (and the consequences of those actions)
  • Modify the patterns that lead to certain actions and which ones they should change
  • Identify the tendencies that are undermining their influence

:: Tool 2 – The Support/Challenge Matrix ::

The second tool is called the “Support / Challenge Matrix”. It’s all about learning how to lead in a way that helps others feel empowered, come alive, and thrive. It will help people understand your leadership tendency: do you tend to lean towards support? challenge? The best leaders learn how to do both at the appropriate time.

This is one of the most important (and powerful) tools used in leadership. The best type of leader is a “liberating leader”. This is someone who understands how to calibrate both support and challenge appropriately. The problem is that most people have a tendency towards one or the other. Some organizations are full of leaders who bring high challenge, yet offer little to no support. Other organizations have a culture where leaders bring a lot of support and “rah-rah”, but rarely bring any challenge for fear of disturbing relational harmony.

:: Tool 3 – 5 Circles of Influence ::

The final tool is called the 5 Circles of Influence. This is a clear and simple visual representation that helps us distinguish between the “circles of influence” and relationships we have in life. They include:

  1. Self
  2. Family
  3. Team
  4. Organization
  5. Community

Two major learning opportunities from this tool are:

1. Intentional is better than accidental. Most leadership, parenting, and living is accidental.

2. Just because you’re doing well in one circle of influence doesn’t mean you should stop there. The question becomes: what type of leader are you in each circle? How well are you connecting in each circle?

Go watch it now:

Video #2: Mastering Work/Life Balance

Transform how you make decisions with this approach from Andy Stanley

Early on in my career I took several personality assessments. These assessments are designed to help you gain an understanding about who you are and how you may work together and fit into a team. These assessments provide insights into some personal characteristics. I learned a lot about myself and about different qualities and traits that made up my personality. One thing I learned was that while I was very intuitive, it took me a while to make decisions. This is a common trait with people who have similar qualities and are more creative type thinkers. We like to explore options, research, and discover before settling on a decision.

Being careful and gathering information isn’t bad but sometimes we can let other things get into the way of our decision making. In his book, The Best Question Ever,  Andy Stanley offers up key strategic and core value questions to help lead others to better decision making. Stanley offers up a key question and variations of that question to help deal with challenging circumstances where good decision making is vital.

The Best Question Ever  will help you discover and transform your worldview about values and priorities as it relates to family, career, finances, and those times when you encounter situations where you just don’t know what to do next. By applying Stanley’s question formula and principles you can discover that while challenges and circumstances may be challenging, stressful, and hard for you to see potential resolutions to, there is actually a simple question to help you determine the next best course of action.

Andy Stanley offers up a core question that can become a symbol of effective decision making in your life. This question can be applied directly to decisions that need to be made relating to time, money, and morality. Stanley also offers value teaching on how to best follow up and see through the decision making process. Throughout the book are solid examples and experiences Stanley shares from his experience as a pastor and ministry leader. To read more from the book, check out the first chapter.

As I work with those who are challenged in making decisions or perhaps are trying to rebuild their life from poor decision making I believe Andy Stanley’s work here will be helpful to anyone who desires to make better decisions and have a clearer sense of wisdom and confidence in decision making for their lives. Stanley’s book is easy to read and well put together touching on the key areas of our lives that need special attention when making critical life transforming decisions.

Check out The Best Question Ever.  If you desire to learn more about a more practical approach to decision making or work with others who do, this can be a very helpful resource for you.


“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”