Building Balance

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A well-balanced life can feel elusive and yet it’s a worthwhile pursuit because when achieved, balance produces optimal performance and well-being. This month we’re talking about building balance – and the success and satisfaction it can bring to every aspect of your life.

Warmly,

Melanie Ott

Inspirational Thoughts

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~ Thomas Merton

“One has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself.” ~ Jessye Norman

The Art of Balance

Balance is a delicate art – it looks and feels different for everyone.

When life is unbalanced you feel it in every aspect of your life. Every step is a struggle when you’re not steady enough to pause and catch your breath.

When life is balanced, you feel clear-headed and grounded. You cope with difficulties calmly and fully enjoy each part of your life. No one segment of your life – work, family, personal – dominates to the detriment of the others. Your time, energy, attention, and commitments are aligned with your values and purpose.

To pursue greater balance, start by examining the interplay between your roles – employer/employee/coworker (work); spouse/parent/child/friend (relationships); and volunteer/yogi/dog-walker (personal) any other “identities” you may have. Take note of the “balance” or lack of between your roles. Making small changes in one or two areas can have a big impact overall.

life's balance beam

Another way to increase balance is to periodically audit your calendar and note where you spend the bulk of your time. The amount of time spent in any life area usually indicates what you value most. If there’s a disconnect between the two, consider what adjustments you can make to your schedule so it more closely aligns with what’s most important to you.

Since life tends to swing in and out of balance, make sure your expectations for balance are realistic and achievable.

Tips for Building Balance

  • Visualize a balanced life. Create a vision of your ideal balanced life. Ask yourself, “What do I truly want?” Then prioritize and strive to achieve what’s most important and let go of the rest. Paint a clear and inspiring picture of your balanced life to act as a magnet to draw you towards it.
  • Learn to say “no.” Setting boundaries is important in maintaining balance. When asked to take on something that doesn’t fit into your schedule or align with your priorities, give yourself permission to say “no.” Commit to taking small steps towards minimizing your obstacles to balance.
  • Nurture yourself. Balance requires self-care – for your body, mind, heart, and soul. Allow yourself time to relax and unwind, care for your body, and give yourself the rest, food, and exercise you need to function at your best.
  • Let go of perfectionism. “Balanced” doesn’t mean “perfect.” You pay a price in both time and energy when seeking perfection. Strive for excellence in every aspect of your life and allow for some rough edges and bumps in the road.
  • Focus on the Future

    At Leap Forward Coaching we have a process to help you balance your roles and responsibilities, bringing success and fulfillment to every facet of your life.

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