How To Find Balance While Winning At Life
Millions of people dream of having money, a fit body and a wonderful family. They want it all – the complete package.
That’s a worthy ambition to have, but very often, life will have other plans for you.
The road to success is never smooth and it’s usually uphill. The whole idea of finding balance according to what you’ve been told is a myth and unrealistic.
It’s no wonder most people fail.
In this article, we’ll look at 5 steps you can apply on how you can REALLY find balance in life and win at whatever you do, without sacrificing your relationships and peace of mind.
- Step #1 – You need specific goals
Don’t aim to do it all at once. Instead aim to succeed and achieve ONE goal at a time and maintain it. For example, if you’re 90 pounds overweight, it might take you 40-45 weeks to lose the weight.
That’s almost a year! But guess what?
Even if it takes you a year, once you achieve it, it’ll be over and done with. Then it’s just a matter of maintaining your ideal weight by eating moderately and exercising a few times a week.
It’s ALWAYS harder to achieve the goal than to maintain it.
- Step #2 – Work on 1 goal at a time
This is where most people mess things up. They try to do it all at once. They divide their day into tasks… all of which are designed to let them achieve multiple goals.
The end result is that they end up with burnout and they achieve nothing.
To achieve any goal, you MUST obsess about it. It doesn’t matter if it’s weight loss, becoming a world-class violinist or a millionaire. Obsession is crucial. Let no one tell you otherwise.
The key here is to not let the obsession be so overpowering that you totally neglect the other areas of your life.
- Step #3 – Understanding what’s important
If we follow the earlier example of the weight loss goal…you need to understand that when you obsess about losing the weight, you’ll need to watch your diet like a hawk and exercise about 4-5 times a week.
This will be tiring…and it WILL affect other areas of your life. This is what people often don’t understand. The effort expended to achieve one goal will impact other areas of your life.
In this case, you’ll be more tired at work in the first 2-3 months as your body is adapting. Your social life may suffer when you go out less so that you can maintain your diet at home…and so on.
During this time, you’ll want to just do enough at work to get by…and discuss with your family about what you’re doing so that they understand.
Instead of eating out 4 times a week, you may cut it down to just once.
You MUST do the minimum to maintain your life.
Totally neglecting everything just to achieve one goal will mean negatively impacting the rest – but by maintaining the minimum, you can achieve that one goal without the rest being adversely affected.
This is why it’s best to work on ONE goal at a time. If you work on too many goals, you’ll be too exhausted and your efforts will be spread too widely to make any real impact.
Go hard on one goal and you’ll achieve it much faster.
- Step #4 – Repeat the process
Once you’ve achieved a goal, maintain it. In this case, maintain your ideal weight so that it no longer becomes an issue.
Now you’ll look at the next goal. You might want to spend more time with your family. While you were exercising for an hour (twice a day) in the past, you can cut it down to once a day now because you’re already lean and fit.
Dedicate this one hour of quality time with your family daily. By doing this, you’ll be strengthening your bond with your family.
Next up, you may have a goal to start a side business. Once again, maintain your weight, maintain that daily 1 hour with your family and now, obsesses over your side business and go hard.
- Step #5 – Finding the balance
By now you’ll realize that you find life balance by achieving ONE goal at a time while maintaining the rest. The more goals you achieve, the more balanced your life will become.
When you follow this approach, you’ll accelerate your progress because of your laser-like focus.
If you try to have ‘balanced days’ where you spend 1 hour on exercise, 1 hour with your family, 1 hour on your side business and so on…it will sound good on paper and in concept.
But in reality, it’ll take you a much longer time to see results in any one area and you’ll lose motivation.
Furthermore, trying to do too many things at once will turn your life into a juggling act with too many balls in the air…and they’ll all collapse around you when you get burned out.
Stay focused on one goal. Do the minimum for the rest to keep them going…and as you get better, maintain your wins and you’ll find balance in the long run.
That’s how you’ll win and find balance in life.
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
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