9 ways to realize optimum life balance
By Sheri Riley
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of us work eight hours per day, commute for at least one hour per day, spend at least two hours eating, watch TV for five hours each day and spend nearly two hours a day using a computer for leisure activity, such as online games, research or social media. That’s nearly 18 hours, which doesn’t even include the multiple hours needed for our evening slumber. Clearly, we spend more time on what we aren’t than we do on who and what we are … and want to be.
For many high achievers in particular, the problem is not how to get things done but rather how to balance it all. They focus on one area of their lives where they excel, yet feel unfulfilled. With this in mind, I offer nine methods to help high achievers tap into the other 90 percent of “who they are,” beyond “what they do” and realize greater life balance, joy and fulfillment in kind.
1: Healthy living is about more than diet
There is more to life than making more money or earning a fancy job title. And, there is more to living healthfully than what you eat or how you exercise. Other lifestyle decisions, such as those related to marriage, parenting and friendships, all factor into one’s healthy sense of self. Healthy living requires being true to yourself and being truly “present” when you’re with loved ones. Healthy living is also a frame of mind. If your thoughts are self-destructive, this negativity will manifest itself in your body through stress, anxiety and other adverse physical conditions, and can undermine your personal and professional relationships with others.
2: Peace and a positive mind
Cultivating and maintaining a peaceful life must be a goal of paramount importance. Distractions and life’s distresses will pull you away from this goal each and every time you allow it. Your thoughts are the training ground and springboard for your overall disposition and perspective on life. Many accomplished people are constantly striving for what’s next. While not entirely a bad thing, when your desire to achieve becomes bigger than your desire to be, your existence will be likened to a hamster running in an endless circle, never at peace and never at a point of rest.
3: A giving heart and spirit
Most know that giving back to society and those in need is one of the most meaningful activities we can engage in. In fact, many successful people believe that giving is directly tied to their continued success.
Having a giving heart and spirit not only creates more opportunities for you, but also allows for your continued success to manifest in your life and others: what impacts one impacts us all.
Accomplishments come from the work of our hands and minds, but true success and fulfillment comes from donating your time through charitable work or financial donations, or allocating precious time to family and friends. Being present and accessible to loved ones is the ultimate gift for others – and yourself.
4: Live in your P.O.W.E.R ™
Tap into your personal P.O.W.E.R.: Perspective, Ownership, Wisdom, Engagement and Reward.
Perspective cultivates recognition of what is draining and what is enriching your life. This leads to Ownership of your relationship with yourself and with others. It allows you to establish personal boundaries and define what and where you give of yourself and your time.
This understanding of your own truth is a major component of Wisdom, which is gained from how you implement your experiences into your life and evolve your thinking and good judgment. This enlightenment brings consistent Engagement in the quality of your life. Your desire, energy and personal engagement will motivate you to stop spending 100 percent of your time on 10 percent of who you are – this is your Reward.
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