When something is out of balance, you might ignore it for a while. A wheel out of balance on your car can be an inconvenience and a rough ride until the tire wears thin. Then, you have a blow out and potential accident. Some blood levels out of balance might not even affect you until the heart attack. Life balance. Some people say we are never in balance. Others say if you are a hard driver, you should not even try. Most don’t ignore balance after the divorce, heart attack, or mental meltdown. So, how do we gain balance?
I believe balance comes from the center and radiates outward. If you are not balanced in your core, you will never be balanced in other areas of life. People become centered in a number of ways. This is your spiritual core. Spirituality can be expressed in countless ways in our world. My spiritual core comes from faith in Christ. When everything else in life is spinning out of control, my core remains unshakeable. You cannot control all that life throws at you. You can control your response. Your inner core determines the response. If you are out of balance, you cannot expect a balanced response that helps to resolve issues instead of escalate them.
If your core is balanced, that perspective radiates out and influences work, fitness, mind, relationships, and the rest of life. When considering balance, the two words often mentioned is work/life. What if work became part of life? What if cultivating your core, fitness, relationships and personal growth became priorities and work flowed around them instead of trying to “fit” them in?
Your first response is, “There is not time!” I respond, “Really?” There are a 168 hours in each week. Let’s say you sleep 8 hours a night, or wish you slept 8 hours a night. That is 56 hours. You need to eat. And, let’s say you actually sit down to eat for 30 minutes, and even cultivated relationships with family or friends at least one hour a day. That is 14 hours. Ok, you need to shower and prep. Another 7 hours. Now, we are down to 91 hours. Let’s say you work 60 hours a week. By the way, most time studies show those who claim to work 80 hours a week are usually off by about 20 hours. That leaves 31 hours for exercise, a hobby, personal and spiritual growth, dates, and fun! Do you know where those 31 hours are spent every week?
Finding balance is about a time budget. Time is much like money. With a budget, you tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. A time budget tells you where to spend your priorities, instead of wondering where the day, week or year went. This New Year, why not begin by creating a weekly time budget that reflects your priorities for a balanced life and a great year? Need some help? I offer a Life Balance Seminar a few times every year. Check out the Genesis Mediation website to find the next seminar. Let me help you create the life you have always wanted.