Is it really that important? You bet it is.
The balance you create in your life defines who you are today, what you think of yourself many years down the road, and the legacy you leave behind once you’re long gone.
Here’s how a person can unintentionally rob themselves of having a balanced life:
- Figure out what other people want them to do.
- Do their best.
- Expect to be happy.
Guess what happens next?
They wake up from their aimless state once they’re knocking on death’s door.
Those people finally realize they should have mustered up the courage to live a life on their terms, not the life others expected them to live….
- They wish they hadn’t worked so hard… (or that they worked hard on something that mattered).
- They regret that they didn’t invest in their most important relationships…
- They want another chance to do it all over again.
But at that stage of life, many feel it’s a bit too late.
I wandered around for a while believing that living like this was the way it was supposed to be. This lifestyle was further encouraged by people saying that I was successful and I was doing well at work. Plus, I had more money than I thought I’d ever be making.
Although I liked my job, one day I realized I was living out my priorities in reverse. I thought I was supposed to create a life that would be admired by anyone that cared to ask me: “So what do you do for work?” Once I took the time to pause and reflect, I became determined to kick ass at work without sacrificing what mattered most to me – my health, relationships, and adventure.
Since then, I’ve studied people that have been able to design a life congruent with what they value most. They knew their life was too valuable to live it for someone else so they pursued things that mattered to them. They’ve taken 100% responsibility for their lives. They decided what they wanted, worked out the milestones, and took massive action to get it. And because of that their income, debt, investments, relationships, health, happiness, and everything else is exactly the way they want it to be.
I’m still (and will always be) improving but I feel that I’ve been able to curate the best of what I’ve learned and apply it to my own life.
So far, it’s been a great journey and I’m looking forward to the next stretch.
I invite you to go on your own.
Find your mentor and navigator in people you trust, books, podcasts, and conferences.
The thing you can call your jam is out there.
All you have to do is look for it, create a roadmap, and take the wheel.
Until next time, cheers to taking the time to reflect to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.