Prioritize – Organize and focus on what really matters. This means establishing priorities for
what you need to do and want to do daily. All, in that order. There are daily events that must be
attended to, such as going to work, shopping for groceries and feeding the family. Then there are
the events that you want to do, such as pursuing your hobby, answering emails and taking that
relaxing bath. It is a myth that you must spend the exact amount of time on every item in your
life’s pie chart. In fact, attempting to do everything equally can establish patterns of mediocrity
instead of opening you to extraordinary feats and accomplishments when you focus. Your
balance is found in attending to the parts of your life, but not always focusing in equal
increments. So, go ahead and put time into exploring your creative whim.
Simplify – Learn to not over commit. You can say no to extra activities and say yes to your
priorities. Sometimes you may want to be extra-involved in certain activities and at other times,
you may need to shy away from these same commitments. This is natural and not flaky. It is only
flaky when you first commit and then drop out. Avoid this by simplifying and saying yes to what matters and is important. Balance arrives when you are fully present within your commitments
and give yourself permission to choose.
Emotions – Experience the breadth and depth of your emotions. When you avoid your deeper,
tougher emotions, which could be anger for some and love for others, you cause an unhealthy
internal imbalance. You grow your psychological balance through expressing and understanding
the nature of your moods and feelings, not by remaining placid. You get to learn about your
inner strengths and human nature when you own and accept who you are regardless if you feel
fearful or happy. Quit judging your emotions. Emotion is a channel of energy that allows you to
learn about your world. It is true that the levels of great joy one feels in life are proportionate to
the depths of hardship ones also experiences. Understand that emotion is energy in motion and
energy must continually flow to be balanced. Experience, express, but do not hold on.
Flexibility – Understand that balance is an ever-evolving dynamic. It involves movement and the
Inevitability of change. New events occurring within your life can leave you feeling anxious, stressed-out and overwhelmed. These feelings worsen when
you resist the change these events bring into your life in the present. By clinging to what was,
you loose focus and are further removed from your internal locus of balance. Instead, experience
your emotions, listen to them and implement their teachings. Balance is found in being flexible
to, what and where life leads you in the present moment and by not clinging to or controlling it.
Often, balance arrives by being thrown off balance!
Is it possible to live a balanced life?Yes you can, when you understand that balance is not a
static state where you will arrive some day. It is through the path of
imbalance that you come to know the fine art of finding balance within your life.