We live in a world that can thrive off of extremes; whether we’re working too hard or think others are not enough. We condemn the meat eaters while celebrating the latest vegan craze. There are those who exercise religiously, while they’re those that don’t at all. Then you have your avid savers and your “live for the day” spenders. Somewhere in between all these extremes, is a fine balance.
Balance can always pose to be a challenge; not just because, like me, you may go into it with the best intentions only to realize your efforts are futile, but likely because you’re trying to take on doing it without understanding what you want your desired outcome to be. For example, I’ve given much thought to the idea of going vegan, or vegetarian, and I’ve realized that I enjoy meat and dairy and have decided to put more of my attention to continuing to eat a well-balanced meal instead. I realize some may find their diet could presumably achieve this in another way, but it’s all about finding what works for you.
I don’t believe there is one way to achieve true balance. I think varying factors have to be taken into consideration, starting with what your ultimate goal is, what’s driving your thought process and if it will provide a level of noticeable benefit to you and those around you. For instance, I consider myself to be a very dedicated worker; I give one hundred percent to my business and my work but when a certain amount of months have passed and I find that I am able to take some form of a vacation, I recognize that I’m not performing at my most optimal level.
There’s an intentionality I have to have about knowing that a good balance includes a vacation or getaway about every quarter. Knowing this about myself helps me to alleviate the unnecessary side effects when balance may not be attained. Is this to say things always go as planned? No, but at least I’m mindful about areas like this that bring balance to my life and ultimately make me feel more balanced.
Take a moment to evaluate the areas where you find balance and those where you don’t. In the areas where you don’t, maybe there’s an opportunity to adjust the mindset or lack of understanding that may be preventing you from achieving your sweet spot for balance. It’s amazing how tweaking small things in how you approach life can allow you to find true balance. It can truly be a game changer in your journey.