Six Motivators to Encourage You to Create the Time
by Suzie Doscher
In my own life one of the first and important realizations was that balance is possible and it was mine if I wanted it. What followed was a fair amount of self-reflection, openness and honesty with myself. Setting aside time to explore my definition of balance by questioning what was missing and what was I already doing successfully towards it, was time well spent.
Since then I have a good grasp on the various elements of day-to-day life. Knowing my heart and mind are working together keeps me balanced. The sense of calm, of being grounded and clear-headed motivates me to keep my life in balance.
What is a Balanced Life?
Choosing a balanced life reflects in all areas of your life:
Each one is important and will require attention, maintenance or upgrading throughout your life. Not necessarily at the same time, or in equal amounts, nevertheless all deserve attention. It would be impossible and unrealistic to believe each can have a ‘full service’ all of the time. So choose according to which area is being neglected the most at that time and see if it makes a difference. If you choose to socialize more but are not getting enough sleep you might have chosen the wrong area to nurture. Choose your priorities carefully. All elements are interrelated; balance will be present when all six are respected.
Imbalance Comes From Emotional Stress
Most of us spend a large part of the day at work. Making sure the remaining hours offer some form of nurturing is vital. There is a difference for single people versus married, with or without children, whether you travel, live internationally and inter-culturally etc., so chose the area most in need of attention and nurturing.
Remember imbalance usually comes from emotional stress. This can include frustration, anger, pain, illness, influences from friends/family or at work, also drug abuse or substance related problems. Consider carefully how you will spend the hours when you are not at work.
At the Foundation of Finding Balance – Your Core Values
At the foundation of living in balance, is knowing yourself. It helps when you know your core values. Your core values make up who you are, what makes you tick, how you prioritize, what is important to you, what allows you to feel fulfilled. Think of them as the ‘bricks in your foundation.’ Reconnecting with your values is vital for you to know how to find balance.
Start a list of what is truly important to you, what you would not want to live without and what makes you feel fulfilled. (You do not have to complete the list the same day, add to it as thoughts occur but do complete it – give yourself a time related goal to finish). Examining my own core values I realized how vital ‘open communication’ and ‘Nature’ are to me. When both are present in my life I feel a sense of balance. If you find this difficult then consider exploring your core values with a qualified life coach. (You can schedule this as a one off session.)
Six Motivators to Encourage you to Create a Balanced Life:
Steps to take on your path of personal development to reach balance:
(Please remember for each one of these steps an abundance of support is available in the form of books, video, webinars, qualified coaches, etc.) You can check out mine, see if appeals to you: BALANCE – A Practical Handbook for Life’s Difficult Moments
The benefits of creating balance reach beyond you and your life; the people around you are positively impacted as well. How does it sound to feel happier, wake up with energy, plan your day realistically to achieve what you set out to do? The decision is yours. There might be obstacles along the way but when you are balanced your coping mechanisms kick in, you deal with the issue and get on with the day.
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