With only but so many hours in the day it is incredibly hard to find a balance. There’s your commute to work, your 8+ hours in the office, and the commute back home, exercise, dinner (if you have the energy to cook), and the list could go on and on depending on your family dynamic. There’s been a consensus among professionals that to maintain a healthy lifestyle you must be able to balance your home life and relationships. Lisa Nicole Bel, writer and CEO of Inspired Life Media Group, would like you to banish that myth and instead embrace the work-life harmony because, let’s face it, balance is hard to achieve.
1. Make values your centerpiece
Anyone who’s ever lived in accordance with their true values can attest to how incredible it feels. You feel on purpose. Time stops. Brilliance surfaces. You thrive. Values are guides for helping us make choices that will bring the highest levels of fulfillment. Values help us intelligently avoid trading what we want most for what we want now.
The easiest way to uncover what your values are is to look at how you currently spend your time and money. These two assets reveal so much about what we believe and what’s important to us. If I were to ask you what your values are, you might say things like “family” or “health.” But if I scanned your calendar and bank statement and found you spending more time and money on work, friends and hobbies, I’d call you a liar.
And that’s not a bad thing. Values are personal. It’s not important what your values are as much as it’s important that you fully own what they are and change them when they’re not reflective of what you want in your life. Complete the exercise to find out where you are and determine where you want to be. When values are the foundation of your life, it becomes much easier to make important decisions in every quadrant of your life. Because you have a set of meaningful principles that you’ve chosen, there’s nothing to feel guilty about.
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