Tips to make the journey a little smoother.
When you’re living a balanced life, you usually feel calm, clear, and motivated. You are often at your peak – in love with life and loving the journey.
Conversely, if you are feeling stressed, tired, and unhappy, chances are your life is out of balance. Life may feel hard, full of obstacles and potholes to you have to carefully navigate in order to make any progress at all. If this sounds familiar, you may be surprised how a quick examination of your current location and a few meaningful actions can make the ride much smoother.
The general idea of balanced living is that you look at your life from many angles, trying not to focus on any of them to the exclusion of the others. This does not mean you devote the same amount of time and energy to each area, but rather that you don’t neglect or obsess with any.
Obviously there are times in life when your balance is totally out of whack. Like launching a new business, getting married (or divorced), or welcoming a baby into your world. This is life. The key is to keep things in perspective, and get back in balance as quickly as possible in order to stay the course and enjoy the journey.
Here are three action steps that you can use right away to help you find, and stay in balance:
Step 1: Complete the Wheel of Life
This useful tool helps you discover where you are out of balance. Follow the directions and you will see areas where a shift in energy and focus can result in a smoother ride. This Wheel of Life contains the following eight sections, but as with any tool, you are free to make changes!
- Personal and Spiritual Grow
- Family and Friends
- Significant Other/Romance
- Fun & Recreation
- Physical Environment
After you complete the activity, take time to reflect on what you have learned about yourself.
Step 2: Set Intentions and/or Goals
Choose two or three areas from the Wheel and decide what changes you will make. Consider what may be missing in your life, what challenges you are facing, and why you might be stuck. Think about where you are and where you want to grow and go. Then craft an intention and an easy goal or two to alter your course.
Intentions are statements, based in the present, on our values and aspirations. They consciously guide us from moment to moment. An example is: I Am Fit, Flexible and Healthy.
Goals have fixed, measurable actions that produce outcomes. Examples include:
1. Stretch for :10 minutes 3 days per week
2. Drink 8 glasses of water every day
3. Eliminate sugar from your diet.
You don’t need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. And you shouldn’t try to make them all at once. Making changes slowly increases the likelihood they will stick. Start with one or two SMALL changes, and make them habits before you go to the next. The examples above are do-able actions. If you set a goal to lose 5 pounds in a week – that is different. That requires a whole lotta steps that can quickly become frustrating and cause you to give up on you goal.
Think about what your missing in your life. What lights you up?! Make time for the things that ignite your joy!
Take it slow. Be easy on yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day – and you won’t bounce back into balance immediately. It takes some time – but the end results are worth the effort.
Step 3: Review and Assess
Once you have re-discovered your mojo and are back in the flow – remember life balance is a process. It isn’t a one-time fix. When you feel your energy shifting into overwhelm, revisit and revise your wheel. Life is a journey, and living in balance makes it a smoother ride for you, and allows you to share your gifts with the world.