Achieving Life Balance in an Overwhelming World
Adapted from Find Your Balance Point: Clarify Your Priorities, Simplify Your Life, and Achieve More by Brian Tracy and Christina Stein
When you ask someone about their day, or even their life in general, the most common answers include: “I’m so busy,” “I’m so tired,” or “I’m overwhelmed.” In this day and age, doing anything and everything you possibly can is promoted as the only way to achieve success. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time in the day to do anything and everything; these attempts to do so more often produce unsuccessful results, rather than fulfilling ones.
Authors of Kiss That Frog!, Brian Tracy and Christina Stein, have given us a solution to this problem in their new title Finding Your Balance Point: Clarify Your Priorities, Simply Your Life, and Achieve More. They provide a list of steps and goals to achieve in order to attain our own personal balance points. Doing so will simplify, engage, harmonize, and enrich our lives to their fullest extents. One of the key concepts behind this idea is finding clarity in four main areas of life. Developing clarity will provide the tools to create a strong vision, which is essential in finding your balance point.
The four areas of life in which we need to achieve clarity:
Your Professional Identity – Developing Your Business
Ask yourself clarifying questions. Ideally, what do you want your business to look like? What is your product? Who are your customers? Where do you want to be in five years with this business? How much do you want to make per year? Now more personal: What skills do you enjoy? What skills are you good at? What kind of business/product would combine your talents, passions, and experience?
Your Family and Personal Relationships
Again, look at yourself 3 to 5 years from now. Know that 85% of your happiness depends on having the right people in your life, and 85% of your unhappiness depends on having the wrong people in your life. So, in 3-5 years, who do you want in your life? What new relationships would you have? Which do you see ending? What kind of lifestyle do you want to engage in? What kind of family values would you have? What kind of house will you live in?
What is your ideal physical condition? In 3 to 5 years, what kind of physical condition do you want to be in? What type of exercise do you want to engage in to maintain a healthy lifestyle? What types of food would you eat? What would you have to make happen now in order to achieve that ideal condition in the future?
Money and Investments
We all want to be free of financial worry, have the ability to make choices without thinking about monetary concerns. However, money (or lack of) is the root of most evils in the world, so we must be very careful in the way you clarify your vision in this category. In 3-5 years, how much money do you want invested and working for you? How much money do you want saved? How much do you want to be earning? Now, what do you have to do presently to make those visions a reality?
Balancing your life is not an easy task, and it can often be harder to find your own balance point. The balance point is where all things start, and where all things must return to, in order to find peace. Starting with clarity, and creating your vision as a result, is one of the balancing steps that Brian Tracy and Christina Stein believe to be life-changing, and life-enriching.
Brian Tracy, co-author of Find Your Balance Point: Clarify Your Priorities, Simplify Your Life, and Achieve More, is chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He is the bestselling author of more than fifty books that have been translated into dozens of languages. For more information please visit http://www.bkconnection.
Christina Stein, co-author of Find Your Balance Point: Clarify Your Priorities, Simplify Your Life, and Achieve More, is a speaker, author, and psychotherapist who focuses on work-life balance and female empowerment. She works with individuals and couples and conducts workshops to help attendees align their priorities and goals with their skills and passions. She combines her training as a marriage and family therapist with her experience as a life coach to work empathically and dynamically with her clients.