This is not a philosophical question, and we do indeed have the answer! Keep reading to find out more…
Today’s fast moving world has made it harder than ever to bring balance into the highly unbalanced lifestyles, of millions of people from all around the globe.
Stress is something everyone experiences at some point in their lives or on a regular basis, and although it means different things to different people, it is clearly a negative feeling rather than a positive one.
We have come to an era where the perception of having success and happiness is impossible.
How often do we hear the saying ‘you can’t have everything’. This is a false statement and the outcome of a limited mind-set.
Success and happiness does not need to be a trade-off.
So, how to bring back balance in your life that lead to increased happiness and success?
The tool results with help you gain clarity of what’s important to you and help prioritize your goals in order to re-balance your life – in just a few minutes. No life ‘trade-offs’ required.
How would I know?
A few years ago I learned (the hard way) that nothing in life is ever as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing our health over. Nothing is worth poisoning ourselves into a pit of stress, anxiety and personal chaos. Over the course of a few years it became my daily habit to physically and mentally exhaust myself due to working irregular 12-14 hour days in ‘high achiever’ mode.
Throughout this season of my life, I was committed to ‘being the best’, overachieving on my sales targets, breaking company records and fighting my way up the corporate food chain.
This resulted in total burn out as I was neglecting all other areas of my life including my own well being.
I can vaguely remember a discussion with an old colleague on this topic. At one point in the conversation I said 'Yeah, but what can you do, that's real life!' and he answered, 'There's always something you can change, and there's always something you can do.'
Although this statement was very simple, it hit home pretty hard and resonated with me on a very deep level. As I began to think about it, I recognized what had just been said to me as true.
We each have a choice about how we invest (or waste) the time that is given to us. We all have moments when we allow others to cause us to react emotionally, especially in frustration or anger (at times when we're not getting the things we want). Those in life, who learn to manage themselves (and their time) are those who usually go on to accomplish great things.
There's an ancient Chinese proverb which states; 'The person who can manage themselves, is an individual who's fit enough to govern a nation.'
When we become entrenched in a high-stress, busy and diary filled lifestyle, we tend not to look outside of our 'boxes'. Unless something shakes us up, we can easily fail to recognize even the most practical options that are available for us to bring calm and balance back in our lives.
Although we all have different interpretations of what work-life balance looks like, most people, in principle, share a similar idea of what life balance means; to have available time for doing the things we're passionate about, outside of a work focused environment. For some people, life balance could mean time spending more time with family and friends, more time available to dedicate to self-improvement, or having more time to spend at the gym getting our bodies into better physical shape.
It is often from the failures that so many of us learn lasting lessons that completely transform our perspective towards life (and especially life balance). People often assume that achieving life balance is about making radical life changes, but this is seldom true. Radical life changes will always take time and can often be difficult to implement. For most of us, it’s wiser to adopt the mantra “one step at a time”, because making minor adjustments in our main life areas, step by step, can end up having a huge long-term impact.
So, having read this far, I’m hoping that you have some idea about areas in your life that you'd like to make these adjustments. But if not, that's no problem, because, with this framework, we’ll approach your life (and the topic of life balance) in a structured and 'balanced' way.
The tool will help you to 'break your life down' into seven main areas so that you can identify the specific areas in your life that are currently 'out of balance.' Because it's these very areas which are most likely causing you the most amount of stress and frustration.
People with a healthy life balance have clear prioritization between work (which incorporates their career, education and ambitions) and ‘lifestyle’ (which combines their health, leisure & relationships.
It is always possible to establish a better balance – and this is what you're about to do! Life balance is an ongoing process, which will always be shaped by the strategies we have for managing our lives. It's within the strategies that we can wind up misplacing our priorities, and find ourselves falling out of balance.
This questionnaire has been designed to give you a holistic overview of all your seven most important life areas, before identifying the particular life area's that you need to make immediate improvements in.
An ancient proverb says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
You've probably known people nearing the end of their life’s journey who looked back on the life they'd lived, and said, “If only I'd done things differently…. If only I'd made better choices .... If only I'd spent more time with my family or kids .....” Unfulfilled lives are always filled with “If only's ....” These are the last words of those people who's lives were over before they even got started.
Life is full of countless opportunities, for great successes and even more significant failures.
But..... it's up to you to take the initiative, to make use of every opportunity that comes your way. Because if you don't, you stand at risk of being condemned to a life of mediocrity — and no-one want's this! Start today and make significant impact to your life balance and in turn, your well-being.
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LIV.In Training Team