S:1296 Distinction: Off Balance vs. Unbalanced

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)

This Distinction could seem a little muddy in meaning. It is subtle and you may even substitute different language to describe the underlying message.

When you are off balance you know it, you feel it, and you take steps to get back in balance. An off-balance condition calls for correction. Think of a gymnast doing a routine. He or she knows when things are not right, adjusts, moves on. And sticks the landing!

Unbalanced lacks the awareness of off balance. Awareness of what to do about it. Awareness of what in-balance is like. Awareness of the cost(s) of being unbalanced. The heart of it is being unaware of being unbalanced.

Coaching Point: Off balance? Unbalanced? What do you see when you look at the outcomes you’re experiencing?

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