I once read a story about a famous tightrope walker back in the 30’s. In the story, this man was being interviewed and being asked “how do you do it? How do you stay so perfectly balanced?”
What was surprising to me was that rather than talking about how he stayed perfectly balanced, hundreds of feet up in the air with no safety net below, the man talked about how he was never actually balanced. Rather, he talked about how being balanced was more about constantly readjusting yourself to the situation at hand.
Just like in this story, maintaining balance in our lives isn’t always about having an equal amount of everything we need (such as personal development, professional and career advancement, or relationship building and maintenance) but about knowing when and what we need to adjust ourselves when the situation calls for it.
Creating balance in our busy lives takes awareness, preparation and discipline. It takes you sitting down at the beginning of the week and mapping out what you have coming up. It means looking at your schedule and deciding what is going to take priority for you that day or week. It means that you have to be honest enough with yourself to know that instead of going for a run, you need to spend a little bit more time being social or vice-versa.
Creating balance in your life starts with recognizing your priorities, identifying helpful strategies (such as journalling or exercise) and committing to make those small adjustments each and every day.
Originally posted August 16, 2011 at http://www.thesojo.net/creating-balance/
Matt Tod is an international speaker, leadership facilitator, writer and lover of all things Zombie-related.