You are working out. You are eating right. You are doing everything you are “suppose” to do and yet for some reason you just aren’t feeling it! Why is this? Is a balanced life possible?
Well, guess what? Life is much more than just your diet and exercise! There is much going on and if you are only focused on one given area of your life then what is happening to the rest? Many people we know are doing great with their exercise training and yet their family life is suffering. Some are doing great in their business yet they have no social life. Can ANYONE achieve 100% balance in their life? We would say NO! The great news is you can get pretty darn close by paying attention to certain equities.
We wanted to take a step back and have all of our readers take an inventory of where they are. It is important for each of us to look at where we stand in areas of our life and adequately assess our progress. I was taught by some amazing mentors there are different equities of our lives which if focused on, can help create balance in life. We’ve broken them down in the following categories: financial, mental, physical, career (work), spiritual, family, and social.
1. Financial: Where do you stand financially? Are you financially sound? Do you spend more than you make? Are you saving? Having issues financially can drain you not only literally but figuratively.
2. Mental: What are you doing to ensure you are mentally sound? Are you reading stimulating books? Are you working with a therapist/life coach? Are you part of a mastermind? Look at this area and decide if any adjustments are needed based on your goals.
3. Physical: How are you doing with training? Your diet? How is your stamina? Have you gotten any recent blood work done to determine how your body is doing internally? Physical health is much more than how you look.
4. Work/Career: Where can you improve in this area? Are you an entrepreneur? If so, how can you improve your business? If you work for someone, how can you be the best employee? Are there classes or training sessions you can attend to move up in your field of endeavor? You may not want to be the president or CEO but it is important to assess where you desire to be.
5. Spiritual: This is not about being “religious”. This is about your journey with your spirituality. Are you taking time to learn and grow in this area? What does it look like for you? This is a very personal equity and can only be examined by your inner conscience.
6. Family: We all want to have a happy home life. How much attention are you truly paying to those you who you claim to love the most? Are you there physically yet in another place mentally? Do you have meaningful conversations with your loved ones? Do you accept your loved ones? Take time to assess where you are with the people who mean the most to you. Just because they might be called ” your family” doesn’t mean they have to be blood related.
7. Social: All work and no play can make for a very dull life. Are you traveling? Are you going to the theatre? Are you experiencing life socially? Are you contributing to others? What would excite you? Plan and do the things which make you feel innately happy. Create an amazing life for yourself.
Now rate your equities on a scale of 1-10. The equities which scored lower are perhaps the ones you should focus on first. The ones which rated higher are ones which perhaps you should make slight adjustments. Make this a fun project because you WANT TO not because you HAVE TO.
Just because we are older, doesn’t mean we can’t have amazing lives. Pay attention to where you are and make any necessary changes to get to where you want to be. Just know total balance at all times (or even at all) is not possible. STOP beating yourself up over the thoughts or inner feelings of not having balance.
You are unlikely to ever achieve perfect balance but you can enjoy the effort you put forth in trying to attain it. Just keep track of your current mindset and how you feel about your daily life. If it makes it easier for you, get an accountability partner. Assess your goals on a quarterly basis and alter them when necessary.
You can either have the life you envision taking no prisoners, or or you can live a life filled with excuses. The choice is yours.
Be the BEST YOU at Any Age!