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5 Tips on Using Goals to Balance Our Lives

September 21st, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

wheelMost of us are told we should set goals and  strive to live a balanced life.  What is a balanced life?  Picture in your mind a wheel.  You are the center of that wheel.  Coming out of that center, which is you, are 4 spokes.  Those 4 spokes are spiritual, family, health, and career.  To live a balanced life means having all those areas working equally to balance, or round out your wheel. 

Is a balanced life really possible?  Yes, I believe it is.  When designing our goals we can strive to encompass every area of our lives.  Many people only think of their professional life when they are creating their goals.  The beauty of goals is that they can help us strive for more balance by what we choose to focus on.

Is a balanced wheel always practical?  I know that everyone has periods of their life when their wheel is out of alignment.  Maybe, you are launching a new career that takes time away from family.  Focusing on that launch could, also, take time away from your usual exercise routine, or, maybe, you are working on Sunday and find it difficult to make your weekly trip to church.

Being out of balance for short time is not detrimental to your wheel of life.  At times, it is unavoidable.  But, when a person stays out of balance for extended periods of time, that is when marriages and families encounter problems.  We might encounter a health challenge, or the person out of balance could suffer depression from losing contact with their spiritual wellspring.

A question that should always be seriously considered is, “will this lack of balance, now, bring me closer or farther away from a more balanced life?”  If that time spent with your career eventually brings you more time with God, family and good health, then that would be a wise move.

Every so often, it becomes unavoidable to be moving through life with a wheel that has gotten flat or mis-shapen.  A health challenge, with many trips to the doctor, could leave our professional side of the wheel flat because of  less time and effort.  But,on the reverse side, a health challenge could boost our spiritual side of the wheel in our quest for divine intervention.  It could also bring our family closer as the health challenge might cause us to question what is important to us.

Here are a few tips for helping us strive for our well rounded wheel.

1.  Set goals in all four areas of our lives; spiritual, family, health, and career.
2.  Communicate with our loved ones when we know we will be taking time away from them, such as spending more time on your career.  It is important to communicate your reasons for being away from them.  Without their buy in, the end result could be a great career and more money, but without our loved ones.
3.  Don’t set goals that you aren’t going to do your best to accomplish.  Work at your goals like mad and then re-evaluate how it is going every 90 days.  90 days gives you a chance to get results and get momentum moving on your side.
4.  Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone.  The times of our best growth is always outside of our comfort zone.
5.  Grow every month.  Learn something new.  Pursue self improvement.  The only way to become more valuable is to know more.

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