In a culture obsessed with high tech gadgetry, cellphones, credit cards, fast cars, large houses, and job titles, it should come as no surprise that most people experience stress and anxiety. The strain of striving after material advantage and the dictates of the Almighty Dollar have made many people virtual slaves to their businesses. Do you struggle to achieve balance in your life?
Even after working more than 50 hours a week… even after getting every material need and luxury that money can buy… many people still live unhappily. This success, instead of bringing fulfillment, has left many entrepreneurs feeling empty and disillusioned.
But, there is still hope for the tired and frustrated entrepreneur. Stress and anxiety need not ruin lives and careers. To get back on track, it may be helpful to consider the following advice on how to be an achiever who lives a balanced life.
Writing It Down
What we are really lacking is balance. Having a career and life plan that balances your time and effort between your work life and your home life would be a great start. If we plan carefully, we will most likely make the right action or choices. Life shouldn't be a struggle. Life can be made simple and enjoyable. A career or life plan must start with having a stated purpose. Knowing what you really want helps you get rid of unnecessary fatigue brought about by things which are not really important to you.
Knowing your priorities also help you get rid of unnecessary worries and prevents you from wasting energy. Writing it down (I can't stress this enough), putting your plan on paper, is the first step of having a balanced life. Your first step would be knowing what you want. Do you prefer to have a fun personal or family life, or vibrant health more than having financial success or a well-respected business? Maybe you can have it all without making any sacrifice in terms of time or quality of life. When you write it down, the process of marking your priorities will be much easier.
Like most people, you, too, must be so full of stress about the daily traffic, the pull of your business, family chaos, the endless bill payments—all of the daily things that sap the energy right out of you. You rarely have fun at home or enjoy your work because you always feel tired and hassled. Maybe it's time to ask yourself when the last time was that you spent quality time to re-connect with your family.
Maybe it's also time to take a look at your inner life…your spiritual bearings. The very heart of the matter is that in order to live a life you love, you need to have a healthy body and a healthy spirit that will allow you to live it. You must take care of your physical and spiritual well-being. Take time to recharge, which is really what stress management is all about. You can start recharging by answering these questions:
Am I bored?
Do I get enough sleep?
Do I get enough exercise?
Do I take medication, and if so, is it any help at all?
What really makes me sick?
Are my loved ones (or friends), or my business draining all my energy?
The fact is, our state of physical well-being has a direct impact on the quality of our lives. It impacts our work, business, and relationships. So we must take care our bodies well enough by taking vitamins, eating right, getting enough sleep and rest, and by exercising regularly.
What are Your Priorities?
To get our bearings, it is important to be constantly aware of our priorities. A good way to start re-defining one's priorities is by answering the following questions:
Are you neglecting yourself physically, mentally or spiritually?
Are you neglecting your spouse, your children, your peers?
Are you fulfilling your commitments?
Are you operating in your comfort zone?
Understanding your priorities is the first step in starting to achieve that work and life balance.
It's All About Balance
You might be wondering, “Where did the time go?” I know I ask myself that question almost daily! Your to-do list is increasing, you have countless errands, and on top of it, its your significant other's birthday, and you need to pick up junior from his baseball practice this Friday. You just have so much to do that your life is melting away. You may not realize it, but you have to power to manage your everyday stresses, and these helpful tips will ease the pressure.
1) Utilize Your Plan of Action
Start focusing. Which one from your to-do list is the one you really want to do? Which ones can be delegated?
2) Don't be the Lone Ranger for Every Crisis or Situation
Even The Lone Ranger had a side kick! Not everyone can get the job done by themselves. Ask for help once in a while, or perhaps a Virtual Assistant may be in order.
3) Give Yourself a Pat on the Back
Every now and then, give yourself the credit you deserve. Acknowledge all the good things you have done. Be proud of yourself, and recognize how far you have come!
You Have the Choice
Being overwhelmed or too stressed out is really of your own making. Remember that you always have a choice between feeling good or feeling bad about yourself and the world you live in. It is up to you to say no to commitments you can no longer keep…it is up to you to say no to negative thoughts and yes to optimism…it is up to you to live a balanced, happy life.
I know that, for me, having a Company and a Mentor I can turn to and depend upon has been instrumental in my own success and achieving a good work/life balance.
I have been lucky enough to be mentored by and partnered with one of the most successful, ethical and hardest working marketers in the online field, Dean Holland. If you'd like to know how I learned the steps I had to take, and how I got the education I needed to have a successful online business, check out the Big Commission Blueprint. This system allows even a complete newbie (like I was) to make money online, and it can even help you generate 4-figure days! This program was developed and is taught by my Mentor and Partner, Mr. Dean Holland, and I highly encourage to take a look–it just might change YOUR life–it definitely changed mine!
Also, if you have any questions or comments about what I’ve shown you today, I’d love to hear from you. Put your comments down below, and I’ll get back to you really quickly—I love hearing from you.
Until next time, here’s wishing you………
Love, Light and Abundance,