Life is truly a game of balance.
Balance is often overlooked, simply because we’re never really taught to balance. We’re taught to go and do and accomplish. Those who are able to balance the demands of their world experience less stress and are more aware of what areas of their life need more focus and attention. They are in a better position to lead, because they are leading by example!
Balance comes into play when something goes wrong and we feel the stress and pressure of an event or situation. We react and start to fix the situation until the pain goes away. Eventually old ways of thinking, feeling, and doing become normal again until the next disaster.
Most of the time stress and frustration is self-induced. It’s a lack of not living true to ourselves and poor prioritization. We give time, energy, and attention to certain things when we should be giving that time, energy, and attention to other things.
On a scale of 1 and 10, how would you rate your over all happiness in life?
Let’s break it down a bit further:
On a scale of 1 and 10 how happy are you in each of the following six areas:
- Misc. / Fun / Hobbies
We don’t deal with any stress or frustration that isn’t related to Health, Finances, Relationships, and Career. Misc./Fun/Hobbies and Impact are things that are important, but can easily be forgotten about.
It’s extremely important to be mindful of all key areas of your life as each of them can impact another.
Because Money is high priority, you work 60 hours per week. Because you work 60 hours per week you aren’t exercising and you don’t have time to prepare food at home. Because don’t have time to prepare food at home, you’re eating out all the time. Because you’re not exercising on a regular basis and you’re eating out all the time, you have gained 25lbs. Because you gained 25lbs, your self-esteem has gone down, your insecurity has gone up, and you just can’t figure out why you’re not happy! But hey, at least you have money right?
You get the point!
Full and Balanced
Think of these six areas as if they are tires on your vehicle. The more full and balanced your tires are, the more efficiently your vehicle will move toward its destination. If some tires aren’t full and balanced this will cause your vehicle to overcompensate in other areas creating uneven wear and tear. If you continue to operate your vehicle like this at minimum your ride might be rough and your gas mileage is going to suck. Worst case is you experience a high stress and frustration in one or more areas and that tire blows.
How far are you going with a flat tire? How important is it for you to be balanced in the important areas of your life?
How balanced will you be by 30?