We want it all... Family. Health. Happiness. Business. Friends. And a Financially Secure Future. Achieving “balance” has become a goal of almost mythical proportions. Can we ever really be in “balance”?
What does it mean to live a balanced life? If you do create balance in all areas of life will you truly live a healthier, happier, more prosperous and meaningful life? I believe most of us are pursuing a life that is whole and complete; a sense of harmony and peace. This is essential to maintaing a specific quality of life and in our work.
Our lives are made up of many vital areas including our health, family, work, finances, spirituality, social, recreation, personal growth, intellect, romance and more. You may not spend time daily in all these areas, but when sufficient attention is spent over time you feel in balance. However, neglect one area - not to mention 2 or 3 - you sabotage your own success.
This may be a time in your life when you feel over-worked, over-scheduled and over-whelmed. You feel as if you are doing more than ever - yet you are also dissatisfied with the results you get out of life. I I recommend that you resolve, right here, right now to make your life better, more rewarding, and more balanced.
What are you attempting to balance? The secret of the super achievers is that they have very specific, clearly defined goals for every area of their life. They have the ability to focus and to say NO to any activity that will not take them closer to those goals!
Determine where you are now. Define what a balanced life means to you - today. Life is constantly changing. When you are busy and all of your energy is focused on a special project, it’s all too easy to find yourself “off balance”, and not paying attention to important areas of your life.
This is the time to take a “helicopter view” of your life. Take the time to consider each area of your life and identify the areas that need more attention. Cut out unnecessary tasks and protect your priorities. What are your vital signs?
Determine what sustains life in your life. Stay focused on the vital few functions and vital few priorities that allow you to achieve excellence in the areas most important to you.
Choose wisely how you obligate your time, energy and focus. Be creative not reactive! A balanced life isn’t something that just happens, it’s something you create. Plan your daily activities to launch you toward achieving your goals.
Understand that you are not a superhero! Don’t expect to work on all areas of your life every day or even every week. If you are satisfied with an area of your life, maintain that and focus more of your efforts on where you feel you are “off”. Throw in rewards and celebrate successes along the way.