A BALANCED LIFE
For me, leading a successful life required a somewhat imbalanced lifestyle. I listened to people like Grant Cardone who stressed the value of being “obsessed” in order to succeed in what you do.
No matter how devoted I grew, my “obsession” eventually led to issues with my physical and emotional health. When I turned to look in the mirror, I no longer recognized myself. I couldn’t do things that I used to be able to because I was constantly exhausted.
I began to reevaluate the idea of “balance.” I began putting more emphasis on my health, reduced my social media use, avoided as much negativity as possible, and concentrated on those that would uplift me. When I was at home, I made more effort to be there. I engage in activities only for enjoyment. I was more ‘no’ to other people and more ‘yes’ to myself.
When others would say, “It’s all about balance,” I didn’t laugh.The fact that it results in better work and a better life is a big part of how I see balance now. I don’t have to give up one thing to get the other. I’m more energized. I’m more appreciative. When I’m there, my attention is sharper. I have more empathy. Though I still have room to develop, I now have a new perspective on the term “balance.”
I am not sure whether I am correct, but I do know that at this moment, I should be considering the word in a different way. The purpose of this area is to demonstrate learning and growth, and at the moment, my shift is from thinking “A” to thinking “B.” If I’m going to advocate for the necessity of accepting “change and growth,” I ought to be able to discuss how I’ve grown in both of these areas.
I still have trouble keeping the world in balance, and perhaps I am not as good at it as some people are, but I have a different perspective on its significance.
Happiness is a question of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony rather than intensity.
These days, finding balance has become increasingly difficult. The wave of life-improving technical advancements has given birth to a cultural expectation that we are accessible at all times.
Our employers now have escalating expectations that we can accomplish more in less time, and this has filtered into our professional lives. Every week, we have 168 hours to sleep, work, rest, spend time with our loved ones, and engage in personal activities.
Unfortunately, the majority of individuals in the world today lament that they can’t keep up with the conflicting obligations that rob them of much of their valuable time.
Considering how this came about and reminiscing about the “good ole days” when life was simpler and the days were longer are no longer sufficient responses.
In order to fully show up and be present in all the different parts of our lives, we need to figure out what balance looks like for us (as it varies from person to person), work on reclaiming some of our time, and establish more equilibrium.
I recently lost my best friend to suicide, and that was the moment I realized my life was out of balance.
When you suffer such a terrible loss, you undoubtedly find yourself in need of serious reflection and reformation. I became more aware of my own mortality than I ever had been.
In order to “up to snuff” my life, I had to perform some housekeeping, so I made a meaningful and honest inventory of every aspect of my life.
- Commence by making a values inventory.
You should take a seat, get a pen and some paper, and make a list of all the values that are significant to you. You should also rank them according to importance.
My top life values include joy, love, community, honesty, and spirituality. It’s critical to remember that you alone define your main values, give them power, and determine where they belong in your life.
For instance, my definition of spirituality is my relationship and connection to the source of all things. I uphold that principle by engaging in daily prayer and meditation as well as making an effort to improve the world through my work and charitable giving. I also respect that principle by making sure if generiosity
- Examine the imbalances that exist in each of your life domains.
I refer to my own life, as well as my career, relationships, community, and relationships with others.
Self: Your time, your interests, and your self-care are all included in this area.
Career: This area discusses your present position and your employer.
Relationships: Your loved ones, including friends and family, are addressed in this realm.
Community: Your involvement in your neighborhood might be expressed by volunteer work, affiliation with a religious or spiritual organization, coaching your child’s little league team, etc.
Once more, you should get a pen and some paper. Determine the optimal balance for each of your four life domains. When describing each life domain, be specific.
For instance, in the relationship domain, list the persons you want to see frequently. Would you like to see them more frequently and under what conditions? What steps would you have to take to make that happen?
To better comprehend how they should assist your efforts in each life sector, you should incorporate your core beliefs as well.
For illustration, I might discuss the significance of my love value and how it manifests in the relationship realm. I would discuss my decision to only be with loving, compassionate individuals who support me and I support them in return.
To create a perfect picture of balance in each area is the aim here.
- Describe how each life domain is doing right now.
Write down the specifics of any imbalances in your life domains, as well as what has to be done to correct them.
Consider the steps you’ll need to take to reestablish your balance, for instance, if your professional domain is unbalanced as a result of the excessive hours you’re putting in for a demanding boss.
Perhaps it’s requesting assistance from your supervisor or working less hours. If your workplace doesn’t encourage this kind of conversation, you might want to think about looking for a better position.
Write about the actions you are committed to in order to keep them from being compromised if some of the areas of your life are in balance. It’s critical to be certain of how you plan to lead and keep a balanced life.
- Start putting the improvements you wish to see into practice in a practical and incremental way.
One domain at a time, one modification at a time is what you want to concentrate on. Choose a domain and put your first change into practice.
You can go to the following modification once you have become accustomed to this one and it has become a part of your “new normal.”
You can go on to the following domain once you have completed all of the adjustments in the first one and achieved the desired balance. I’d advise beginning with the simplest adjustments first.
Right away, begin to gain momentum with the adjustments that will help you achieve more balance. Maybe that means resolving to see your parents every Sunday morning, eating healthier, or turning off your work computer at 8:00 every night so you can spend time with your family.
These are minor adjustments that could significantly improve your life!
In the end, it’s all about you leading a life without regrets. You don’t want to look back later in life and be sorry that you neglected some aspects of your life (children, health, job goals, etc.) because you didn’t take the necessary action to improve them.
Although achieving balance is difficult, the work is well worth it. Decide today to start looking for balance!
I took stock of the people I was interacting with, the things I was doing, and the places I was living. I questioned whether these individuals, events, and locations were nourishing my soul, assisting me on my journey, and offering me love and support.
This inventory helped me to recognize how out of balance my life was. It’s also how I developed the action plan I’m about to share with you.
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