Life balance is an issue that will affect every area of your life throughout your life. Do these scenarios sound familiar?
- You work all the hours possible to be able to afford the opportunities your children deserve in life because you love them. In doing so you rarely see them. You do not have the relationship with them you would like
- Are you running around from commitment to commitment, stressing out as you juggle your time between work, family, friends and DIY which means you are not sleeping well, eating well or having relaxing downtime
- Are you feeling the pressure of keeping up appearances? Do you live beyond your means, living the life of Riley without a sustainable income?
If so, there is an issue of life balance that you may wish to address. Focusing on certain areas can leave other parts of your life neglected and unfulfilled.
Only by taking a broad over- view can you begin to address the issues> Then this will bring contentment, empowerment and vitality to every area of your life.
The Wheel of Life
A great coaching tool that can help with Life Balance is “The Wheel of Life”. Picture a wheel that is divided into sections. Each section represents an area of your life. You will choose the ones that are most relevant to you. Some areas you might want to consider are:
- your spouse/ partner
- health, fitness
- charity work
- a spiritual path
- work in your community
You want all these sections to be strong within themselves. Ideally, they will be in harmony with each other, giving you confidence, trust and belief in yourself and in life itself.
Working with “The Wheel of Life” highlights the areas where you want to bring your life into greater balance and harmony.
Values and beliefs
Life success is achieved by working with values and beliefs that work well together. They work for you so that you can achieve your goals. You might be thinking this is obvious. You would be right, but time and again, I see how people struggle when they do not understand how the power of their thinking profoundly affects their life.
Let me give you an example. One of earliest clients was Peter (not his real name). He was struggling with his life situation since his divorce. He wanted to improve things for the benefit of himself and his son.
Peter took on a Psychology degree to improve his earning potential. He had part time work and a third storey bed- sit, the cheapest accommodation he could find, to make ends meet. He was getting D and E grades, missing classes, working long hours. How was he to find the quality time with his son he wanted? Peter was trying to get all the elements of his life to work together. That could not happen without the life balance to bring them into harmony.
He and I worked together for a month, just one hour a week. We identified elements of his thinking that created barriers to achieving the life he really wanted to live. By the end, he was getting A and B grades. He found new work that paid better for less hours and a ground floor apartment with a garden that was ideal living space for his son to come and stay and enjoy their time together. The broad over- view “The Wheel of Life” offered allowed Peter to see what needed to be addressed. He found the inner wisdom to discover how to address it instilling trust and belief in himself and his ability to tackle life’s challenging situations.
Is it time for you to take control?
Do you want to develop a sense of balance that comes from understanding your motivations and leads to excitement and fulfillment in all aspects of your life?
If it is, then I invite you to use the suggestions in this article and begin to take control and live the life you want to live.
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