Finding the Right Balance

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

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I was driving to work the other day when I realised that I’m constantly fighting against the clock. I’m living my life trying to do a lot in a small space of time. It got to the point where I started dropping certain activities and hobbies. Things I love to do in life which makes me happy. My life shouldn’t be like this and nor should yours.

But with the 9-5 routine, the gym, preparing meals, family and friends, sleep and whatever else we have going on in our lives; it can become tedious and at times quite stressful trying to balance everything.

I talk with a lot of people everyday and it seems we can all relate to this topic, “Finding the Right Balance”. Now finding this balance could apply to any area in your life, I’ll give you 2 examples below.

1) Drinking – Now I don’t promote alcohol, but let’s face it, most people enjoy a drink now and then. However, drinking every night is pushing it a little. Especially when you’re trying to drop a few pounds. In moderation, you can get away with. You just gotta be smart and have control!

2) Shopping – Now this applies to you men as well LOL. I know some people that will buy something online everyday. If not online, then all bets are on that you can find them down the local shopping centre or even up London. Funny, because these are the same ones that told me there trying to save up.

It now seems like people now use the excuse YOLO for anything and everything. I use to find myself saying YOLO whenever I would crave some ice-cream (when I was dieting)

I would use YOLO when I wanted to buy a pair of new trainers because they were on sale. It’s ironic because I was saving up at the time!

But by making excuses all the time you mess up the balance. Imagine you went for that ice-cream all the time while dieting, you would never reach your goal. This is why finding the right balance is so essential; can you see where I’m going with this?

Now I know life is short guys and I’m not telling anyone to not enjoy life or even deprive themselves of the things they love, but excuses won’t get us anywhere.

So the question still lies, “How can you find the right balance”?

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1) Allocate Time – Sometimes when we have spare time we don’t utilize it as much as we can. We fill up that time by surfing the internet aimlessly checking Facebook or watching some reality TV show, does this sound like you? Instead, use this time wisely for bettering yourself or doing something which you have been putting of for a long time. Procrastinating get’s us nowhere in life…

2) Don’t do it so much! – Like the examples I listed above, if you’re shopping everyday but you still complain that broke and have no money, stop shopping so much! It really is simple. Guess what will happen to your bank balance once you cut down those expenses… Sorry if I sound harsh or patronising but tough love is needed sometimes!

3) Three being the magic number it is, I decided to use an example from one of my coaches – Leo Babauta as he sums it up so well.

 “Examine your life regularly – I use my running time as a time of reflection, and you should use your alone time similarly if you can. Often our lives become derailed from the track we set it on, and as a result we don’t realize where our lives are going until we really examine them. Or we can get so caught up in a routine that we don’t realize we can change it. Regular self reflection is the answer: think about how your life is going, how you’re spending your time, and decide whether you need to make changes. Then schedule time to make those changes immediately — or make the changes right away if possible.

Wrap it up

So guys, as you can see, finding the right balance will help us in all aspects of our lives. Remember, there is no such thing as the perfect balance. Think about it. When something is perfectly balanced it doesn’t move, it doesn’t change, it stays the same. However, with the right balance we can all move in harmony and strive for better things in life. So the next time you find yourself fighting the clock or drinking a little too much, just remember “Balance”.

Peace and Much Love to you all

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

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