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  • Writer's pictureSylvie Barr

Equinox Musings

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On this Equinox day, let me share with you a few thoughts on Balance.

Practising yoga has got me to physically experience that balance is far from being the static affair that it appears to be on the outside.

‘Balance’, or ‘Equilibrium’ describes ‘a state of rest, due to the equal action of opposing forces’.

On Equinox day, the day is as long as the night everywhere in the world.

As of tomorrow, the Northern Hemisphere will see the days getting longer and longer, until the Summer Solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere the days will get shorter and shorter until the Winter Solstice.

Out of 365 days each year, only 2 days witness an equal distribution between daylight and nighttime: the Spring Equinox and the Autumn Equinox.

Once more, Mother Nature is showing us the way when it comes to ‘Balance’ and its fleeting nature.

Most often, the tension between opposing forces or directions shows that at any given time, one side takes over the other one, to a different degree - a bit like a universal tug of war.

We can see that happening everywhere, in any area of our life.

Last week’s events drew my attention to a particular spectrum: the spectrum which sees accepting our right to be different at one extremity, and denying this right at the other end.

On one side, this year’s Oscars seem like an ode to what makes us different, with almost every big box ticked when it came to the winners: race, age, gender, walk of life, physical appearance, learning difficulties, political dissent, cultural heritage.

It was also Neurodiversity Celebration Week, with many events taking place across the country and online.

On the other side, I’ve read even more stories about the plight of the migrants across the globe, whether they try to reach the UK, are targeted by the President of Tunisia, or increasingly seek refuge in Canada.

And as much as I can see the opportunities that Artificial Intelligence presents to us, I remain concerned about products like Chat GPT, which, if not used properly and framed with the correct safeguarding, could lead to a dumbing down of the collective, as well as increased ills in the online space.

Amy Webb, head of the Future Today Institute and a New York University business professor, depicts a catastrophic scenario that includes ‘less data privacy, more centralisation of power in a handful of companies and AI that anticipates user needs - and gets them wrong or, at least, stifles choices.’

So where does this view of Balance take us?

For me, I’m now seeing expressions like ‘work-life balance’ in a new way, a view that has evolved since I was craving that stuff when I was working full-time, commuting to London 5 days a week, whilst bringing up a child that I was not spending enough time with.

I now understand that there will be some days when I will be primarily focused on my business and my clients, when other days it will be my daughter and my family that take centre stage.

I now accept that as much as I try to bring these aspects of my life in balance, there will always be some unplanned events to deal with.

I am now more at peace with that, and try to go with the ebbs and flow of life, instead of resisting it and wasting precious time and energy in the process.

From a business point of view, these musings on Balance lead me to invite you to carve time to (re)discover who you really are, so that you can ground your business and your brand in strong and healthy roots.

I invite you to release those limiting beliefs that you are nothing special, that you have nothing to say about yourself, that what only matters is to know and understand your ideal client.

I invite you to find the sweet spot between the two, so that like in any healthy relationship, both sides are heard, acknowledged and understood.

I can not conceive business success without the pursuit of that equilibrium, it’s that simple for me.

So if you’d like to know more about how I can support you in growing and nurturing your brand to watch your business flourish, book some time with me today.

I wish to honour your individuality, the unique position you’re in, made of your own skills and talents, and the stage you’re at in your business journey.

During that time we will get to know each other better, and I will strive to figure out how best I can support you in achieving your goals.

Will it be via my Brand Mentoring Programme, my one-to-one VIP services, or your wider involvement with me and other coaches in the Altitude community?

Only a chat together can tell. If this resonates with you, it’s time to pick a slot.

Until we speak, I wish you a beautiful passage into a new season!

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