Defining Balance

Balancing act
Balancing act

You may find yourself asking yourself regularly, “How do I achieve balance in my life?” Well the answer is subjective.

First you have to define what balance is to you.

Balance is the cumulative level in which you choose to live in all the different areas of your life.

What does this mean?

the balancing act
the balancing act

So what it comes down to is determining what is a good balance for your life and everything that makes up what you identify as “Your life.” You need to evaluate every aspect of your life and then determine the priorities of those things or activities and how they directly relate to your core values. Now the question that may need to be addressed prior to mapping out the priorities is perhaps defining what your core values are. These are the values in life in which you value most in what you do, people you associate with, activities you participate in, and the theme you would like people to take away when they get to know you.

Now lets talk about how to make this evaluation process attainable. It can be a very daunting task just trying to figure out what it is you are trying to balance within your life.

Start with a high level. Work, family, hobby, community, spiritualism, business. It may be worth mind mapping. If you are anything like me, you may be a visual person and like to see things laid out which will also keep the juices flowing for more thought.

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Once you have your “map” laid out, you can go to the next step which is identifying why those areas are important. Get down to the people or things they impact. Consider not only the direct impacts you are aware of but try to consider the potential impacts these can have as well. I think if you get to the level which they have a specific impact you will be able to then determine the level of importance that each area in your life has and with that be able to prioritize how you need to balance. Remember that when we talk about balance here it isn’t pertaining to¬†different parts being equal, but being in the correct proportions. Those proportions are completely dependent on the weight and priority you put on each of these aspects of your life.

Using a sheet of paper, spreadsheet, or even a napkin, try to break it down to 5 headings for important areas of your life. Based on your digging into the depths of these, try to identify and rank these headings in order of importance using the level of impact each of these has in the world.

Once you have your list of 5 areas in your life to focus on now numbered by level of importance, you now have your guiding core values that should shape the path of every action you take in your life going forward. If something that you are doing doesn’t align with this, then it ultimately doesn’t align with who you are and who you are working to achieve to become. The secret is that the appropriate balance has to be one that supports your core values while promotes continued personal growth throughout your life.

259533950_8b3c339594_m_JordonNielsenThere are many other ways to help identify and work towards balance in your life. This is just one tool to put in your arsenal among the many we will explore together.

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