“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.” ~ Brian Tracy
How do we achieve balance in our lives? Many of us live in a life that is consumed by more activities, more demands, more commitments. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the amount of time we have. A day is still 24 hours long. A minute is still sixty seconds in length.
We choose how we use that time. We choose what our focus will be.
If we think about life balance as a life balance pyramid, we’ll see that the pyramid is made up of three distinct focus areas. Those areas are body, mind, and spirit.
Body is our physical body, and it’s needs. Mind is our mental/psychological/emotional needs. Spirit is where we find deep meaning in our lives, the beliefs we have of a higher power, or of something greater than ourselves.
Life balance is about balancing these three areas of our lives.
And we have to decide if the activities we are doing are in alignment with what this life balance pyramid means to us individually. For instance, if you are sitting down to watch your favorite television program, is this in alignment with your life balance pyramid? The answer is “it depends”. It is if this is what you need to give your mind a rest, or if this brings you relaxation. It is not, though, if you are doing this to avoid something else that would bring you into balance, or if this becomes excessive, leaving you little time to spend on other areas of your life.
While the base pyramid is the same for everyone, what really makes up these three areas – what’s underneath the surface – is a very personal pyramid. Determining what those things are that are underlying the main areas of body, mind, and spirit is a personal journey into “you”. Looking at life balance without looking deeply at what matters is what leads to balance that gets “out of whack”, balance that is jumbled up, balance that is backwards. So, the key then, is finding what it is that is most important in your life. And this requires a real look into ourselves, a deep introspection into who we really are.
Balance doesn’t mean that we are always devoting equal time to each of these areas. Balance means that we are aware of these areas, we are aware of their existence in our lives, we are giving each area the necessary devotion so that we feel our lives are balanced. Some days that will mean more emphasis on the needs of our body, other days more focus will be on our spiritual needs, and yet other days focus will be on our mind.
So, how does balance get backwards, or jumbled up? This happens when we are not focusing on the real needs of our bodies, minds, and spirits. When we focus too much of our time on activities that are not in alignment with what our body, mind, or spirit truly call for. And when our balance gets jumbled up, that’s when we begin to loose focus. That’s when we fall out of our element – out of what we were meant to do. We are creatures created to have a life of abundance. When our lives are not in balance, true abundance is missing.
A life of abundance and joy is possible. All it takes is balancing our body, mind, and spirit needs. Take the time to really determine what this means for you, and then live that out everyday. Make each twenty four hour day of your life be in alignment with what you desire. A life of balance is awaiting you!