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Step 7 to Success – Balance

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

Jeanne Ward is a Consultant and Personal Strategist who brings her knowledge of psychology, strategy and personal fulfillment to her current work. Jeanne started her career by helping mentally ill inmates to ‘get their lives back on track’ as they integrated back into society from jail in NYC. She leveraged this experience with a Social Work degree to manage teams who were supporting people trying to move back into the workforce. She later lived in Atlanta, GA and Frankfurt, Germany where she began consulting with nonprofit organizations to guide them on their strategy, volunteer development, and organizational development as well as to support the development of their leaders and board of directors. After the jolt of a divorce, Jeanne found herself doing a lot of soul-searching. Digging deep, she arrived at a new-found appreciation for herself and the world around her. This journey taught her that when we start with improving ourselves, the benefits multiply. Jeanne realized that her strengths of strategic thinking, relationship building, and implementation planning could be combined into her ongoing passion of personal leadership. Hence, her personal strategy work was born. Jeanne helps men and women between the ages of 35 and 55 who are fed up with their corporate jobs to create fulfilling professional and personal lives through the development of a personal strategic plan. This work ensures that her clients identify their professional and personal goals as well as create a plan to make those goals a reality. Jeanne is also the Executive Director of the Atlanta Road Trotters Kid’s Running Club, a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for children to build a foundation of running health and fitness which leads to a better connection to the organized running community as well as a strong foundation of Discipline, Self-Esteem, Respect and Team Work. She has also co-authored a workbook on networking, founded and organized the National Association of Social Workers-Georgia-sponsored ‘Social Service Career Network’ and organized a summit for the National Alliance for Mentally Ill attended by over 100 organizations from 6 Atlanta counties. Previously, she sat on the board of NASW GA as their Secretary as well as on the board of NAMI GA/DeKalb as their Co-President, was a senior consultant for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and helped to run a capital campaign for an independent school. Jeanne has an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work (City University of New York), an MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) and a BA in Psychology from Emory University. Jeanne lives in Atlanta with her ten-year-old son.

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