I've come to almost dislike the word. Are any of us balanced? It is difficult to find the line between work, family, friends, activities, exercise and self help (meditation, mindfulness, on-line classes and reading to name a few).
So...how do you do it?
My short answer is "I don't know" Maybe it is taking a moment to truly consider what you want. You may spend more time at work but if you like to be there and you receive satisfaction from it, in the end it is good. Or during this season of your life you are searching for answers and that comes with spending more time with self help. Or possibly you are spending multiple nights a week and every weekend at the soccer or football or baseball fields with your kids. This time may seem out of balance, but if you are connecting with others and loving the opportunity to watch your kids - then even though it is out of balance it is only for this brief time in your life and you know that you will look back and be pleased you were there. As you flow in and out of the seasons in your life maybe that's where balance comes from, a bigger picture. A overall balanced life.
But... what if you are out of balance for the wrong reasons. Do you spend more time at work because you don't want to go home? Or because you are forced to stay at work and hate what you are doing? Have you become obsessed with your body image and can't seem to stop counting calories and working out. Or are you the team parent, classroom parent, on the board of your community, coach of the soccer team and boy/girl scout leader. In that case it may be time to regroup and rethink your balance. Taking time to adjust - It just maybe time to change your career or eat an ice cream sandwich without guilt and allow someone else to take the lead in one or more of your children's activities.
Take a moment to reflect on your day, week, month, year. 2017 is just about half way over.
What have you accomplished that you wanted to do this year?
What do you want to do next and how do you get there?
Do you need to let go of some things in order to find harmony throughout your life?
Do you need to balance out your life to have everything you long for, or are you already there and just need to give thanks?
Reflection doesn't only need to be on December 31/January 1. Considering where you are going and finding your way on a new path can happen at any time. As a life coach my job is to help people discover their True North. Look at the compass - what direction are you heading in? Is it time to turn a 1/4 to the left, right or completely around? If so, what is your goal? Start today. Make a plan and begin the process. Develop SMART goals that are:
S=Specific M=Measured A= Achievable R= Realistic T= Time Sensitive.
Time is a funny thing, it goes by quickly - don't let your True North pass you by.
Wishing you Grace, Peace & Healthy Living,