9 ways to realize optimum life balance

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5:  Less work, more opportunity 

When you are constantly working, you seldom recognize your achievements. Without taking time to recognize your accomplishments, you are constantly stretching for what’s next and never appreciate and enjoy what you have completed. 

This cycle often leads to burnout, health issues, personal relationship issues and low self-esteem. And many times does not clearly define a moment of victory. 

When you change your mindset from working to maximizing opportunities, you reposition your thought process and how you approach your life. You are able to separate and segment your work from other areas of your life because maximizing the opportunity has a beginning and an end. You are quicker to recognize when to end or remove yourself because you understand what is meant to be an opportunity, not a burden without benefit or value.   

6: Happy is a choice

When you truly desire to live a life that is fulfilled in all areas, you are destined to have more to do than you have the time, energy and ability to accomplish. 

And when you have so much success, opportunity, potential, etc., that you can’t manage everything, you can become overwhelmed. Know the plan for your life is perfect and the struggles are never to defeat you but to make you stronger and uncover your true power. Surrender and find peace living in the overflow, joy and abundance of being overwhelmed. 

7:  Build lasting confidence

If you have the confidence and belief that you can have what you want and that you deserve it, it’s available to you. This does not mean confidence in your academic degrees, knowledge, job title or social status. Instead, it is about having a pure and honest confidence in the person you are. 

Many successful people have achieved career success through their fear of failure. And while such fear can be a powerful and effective motivator, it can limit your sense of accomplishment and impede growth in other areas of your life. 

For many high achievers, confidence is built on external validations like applause, accolades, wins or promotions. And their ensuring quest to feel this rush keeps them from being engaged in other areas of their lives. True confidence should come from a life well lived and enjoyed, not the proverbial feathers in your cap.

8: Have courage, be faithful

Stepping out of your fears and into your greatness requires great courage. Sometimes we are so busy with the work of life that we don’t sit still and take the time to listen to our hearts. 

Being courageous means not allowing life to destroy your dreams and to live in the now, in the presence of your power to receive the fullness of all life has to offer. 

It takes courage to be honest with yourself, acknowledge your personal truth and be present in your quest to live that truth. The easiest thing for high achievers to do is be successful. But living in the fullness of who they are and want to be and maintaining their success takes true grit. 

9: Live exponentially

Exponential living is achieved through excellence in your personal, spiritual and emotional health, and balance in all aspects of your life. 

It is achieved by building and maintaining personal spirituality; loving and caring for yourself; spending quality time with yourself and your family; recognizing your success and living in your own truth. 

When you live exponentially, you are comfortable with who you are, separate from what you do. It’s when you live in a state of true contentment and are present with yourself and others while you pursue and maintain excellence in all aspects of your life.   

Often, high achievers are limited by their success because they are only living in the accomplishments in one area of their lives. Or, they have reached their career goals, but now know there are other facets of life they want to pursue but don’t know how, why or where to start. 

Exponential living gives them the power to be true to themselves and achieve balance between work, family, friends, healthy living and spiritual commitment to manifest a life that is genuinely complete and content.   

Sheri Riley is the founder and chief partnership strategist of GLUE, Inc. and creator of the Exponential Living program (, which helps individuals create balance among life’s key areas in ways that promote a higher standard of excellence.

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