Pillar #7 –Our need for balance and ultimate fulfillment in our lives.
How do you balance it all? Many people talk about a ‘work-life balance’ and others say that there is no such thing. What do you believe? Do you have harmony in your life? Do you live a balanced life? Do you want it? Zig Ziglar states “I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”
One way to assess if you are living the life you truly want to live is to start with the end in mind. Stephen R. Covey, in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People , states that we should imagine ourselves at our funeral. Now think about what is being said at the eulogy. Are you satisfied with what people are saying? If you wrote your eulogy right now, wrote it about the life you ideally choose to lead, what would it say? Is this what others would say about you right now? If you are living a balanced life, then what others observe AND what you think, feel, say & display will be in harmony. Only then will you live a balanced life.
This blog post series titled, ‘Steps to Success’, discusses various steps that you can take to transform your life so that you can live a balanced and harmonious life. We must start by taking personal responsibility (Step 1), then you should to outline your vision (Step 2), decide how you will live a purpose driven life (Step 3) , commit to dreaming about infinite possibilities (Step 4), and then you are ready to put your hard work into action and you can become a catalyst (Step 5). In my last blog post, I discussed the importance of collaboration (Step 6) to increase your ability to make positive change in your life. This week we will discuss the 7th Pillar – Balance; the ability to manage everything in your life with ease and purpose.
Taking Steps 1-6 will help you live a balanced life. Contemplate about the person you want to be. Is this the same person who you are now? Wherever you see discrepancies, address the Pillar or Step that will help you move towards your goals. For example, ‘Do you need to take some personal responsibility for the situation and how you respond to it (Step 1)’? Or ‘Are you visioning or thinking too much about what you want but not taking steps or taking actions to help you reach your goals (Step 5)’? What Step(s) needs more work? Believe in yourself and in the ability to reach your goals! Balance is achievable; you deserve it.
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” -Mahatma Gandhi