How to create a balanced life?
With all of the obligations and demands in our lives these days, it is so hard to know how to create a balanced life.
From work dramas, money issues, family problems, to our health and fitness levels, and constant requests from friends and community obligations, there are constant demands on our time and money, all day, every day.
What if we want to start a business or have a change of career?
What if we want to move, travel or make a life change, but there is so much “to do”?
It is no wonder that many of us are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, and that our lives are just “out of whack”.
How can we possibly get our lives back into balance?
What do we actually want?
The very first thing we should do if we want to get some balance back into our lives, is to take a step back and work out what it is that we actually want.
Most of us don’t know what we actually do want.
We are just caught up in life.
Going to work, paying the bills, running the kids around, watching television, and reacting to problems that come up and the demands of other people.
Unless we actively begin to create our OWN lives, we are really just being run by the whims of other people.
So the first step is to take some time, sit down, and work out what we actually want in life and set some goals.
If we don’t have a direction that we want to head in, then we just end up running around like headless chickens, not going anywhere – completely out of balance.
Another analogy I like, is that you don’t want to climb the ladder of success, only to get to the top and discover that it was leaning against the wrong wall!
You have to design your OWN life!
I personally set goals in the what I consider to be the big three areas of life, and if you get these areas into balance, then your life gets into balance.
I am of course referring to the BIG 3:
- Your Health
- Your Wealth
- And your Relationships
It all comes down to the BIG 3!
The first thing we all need to get into balance, is our health.
It is so easy to neglect our health as we get older and put it on the back burner.
But there is no point in being the richest man in the grave yard.
If we don’t have our health then we have nothing.
Under the health category we can first look at the area of our fitness.
Regular exercise is important.
I like to do aerobic exercise such as running, Tae-bo, using my treadmill, as well as other exercises such as yoga and weight training.
What other exercises or activities could you do?
What about sport?
I also like to play cricket in summer and golf in winter.
Your mental health is also important, so having some sort of activity that you enjoy is a good outlet.
Meditation is also a good practice you may want to consider for your mental health and well being.
So work out some health and fitness goals and schedule it in.
What you schedule in, gets done!
I always shake my head when people say that money is not important.
Even my Mother will often say that “I would rather have my health than money”
But what if you said your wife or husband was not important?
Do you think you would be married for much longer?
They wouldn’t hang around for long and neither would money!
It’s not a one thing or another scenario.
It is all about balance!
The truth is that money will only make you more of what you already are.
But what about Ken?
He came into all that money and he turned into a real prick!
Ken was a prick before, the money only amplified it! (Sorry to Ken, it could be anybody 😉 )
The money isn’t the problem, you are!
Money will only amplify the good and the bad.
The more money you have, the more good you can do for your family, your community, the world, and yourself.
Money makes the world go round, and if you don’t have any, life can be very tough.
So start to work out some money goals in the areas of income, net worth and business/career.
You only have one life and you deserve abundance in all areas, including money.
The third area that you need to get balance in your life is of course your relationships.
This is the area that if done right can bring so much happiness and fulfilment, but can also cause so much pain.
But often we don’t nurture our relationships with our significant other, take them for granted, and are shocked and hurt when things start to go wrong.
So start to set some relationship goals for your relationships, not only with your partner, but your children, family, friends and community.
What is also important is your relationship with yourself.
Growth is life, and if you are not learning, growing and taking some time for yourself, then you won’t really be happy or fulfilled.
This is why I am such a strong believer in personal development and working on your mindset.
When you can control your own mind then you can control your life.
Get back into balance
The truth is that you will probably never have your life totally in balance, it is all a juggling act to a certain extent.
But if you start to be aware, set some goals and give your attention to these three “big rocks” of life then you will start to know how to create balance in your life!
Either you run your life, or your life runs you!
If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below.
To your success,
John W. Newman
Lifestyle Entrepreneur and Online Business Mentor.
Helping you create TIME AND FINANCIAL FREEDOM by building a PROFITABLE Business Online!
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