A well-balanced life, just like a well-balanced meal, includes all the things that we believe are beneficial for us. That’s why we try to limit desserts and put extra veggies on our plate.
What makes a well-balanced life for you? Consider these areas when filling your “plate” or your day: physical, mental, emotional, social, occupational, and/or spiritual. Look at your calendar and identify what part of your week you dedicate to these areas. Eliminate the things that are not so good, like sugar or tv watching, in order to add the things that are more beneficial for you. Don’t eliminate all desserts because it is okay to have some indulgences, but make sure all the important stuff is in your calendar first.
Some examples could be to read a book before bed in order to fulfill a mental goal. Another example could be to do stretching exercises while you watch tv each night for thirty minutes. This fulfills a physical goal. Another example might be to enroll in night school in order to fulfill an occupational goal.
Try making one small change each week until your “plate” is well-balanced and includes all the areas necessary for good health.
Featured photo by Leio McLaren on Unsplash.
The bestselling book by Brian Tracy called, Eat That Frog, coined this term. It means to do your least favorite thing first, then the rest of your day will be easy and you will accomplish more as a result. And it works!
When we have a long list of to do’s, there is usually one or two items on that list that we really don’t want to do or we don’t know how to do. It is easy to recognize these ”frog like” tasks because they keep showing up on our to do list. Day after day, there it is. We think if we ignore it, it may go away. Sometimes this works, but more often we become less productive because this one task is holding us back.
So start each day eating your frog for breakfast. Let your one goal for the day be to get this task DONE for good!
Featured photo by David Clode on Unsplash.
I used to love to read, “The Little Engine That Could” to my boys when they were small. I wanted them to grow up knowing they could do anything they set their minds to do. Even when all the odds are against us, if we believe we can make a difference, we usually can. We have to believe in ourselves when no one else does.
Just like values, beliefs also motivate our behavior. When we have a behavior we want to change, it is important to figure out what is the belief behind that behavior. Once we change the belief, the behavior will automatically change too. For example, when a person with stress finds comfort in food, they believe the food will make them feel better. But they could change this belief about food, and replace it with, “Food will not make me feel better, but taking a walk will help.”
So the next time you recognize a behavior you want to change, ask yourself what is the belief behind this action?
Featured photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash.
Our values or the things that are important to us, are what define us. Values are what guide the choices we make in our life. They may dictate our morals and keep us in line to our own personal standards. With so much power over us, it is important that we are aware of which values we hold in the highest regard.
The most successful relationships are those that have shared values. If two people both value family, for example, and there is a choice between going to a movie or going to a family event, then both will want to go to the family event. Values are the underlying motivation for what we do and how we spend our time. So when two people share the same values, they will get along better and have more in common.
Barrett Values Centre has a test you can take to find out what you value and how they impact your life. There is so much information on this website. You may find out things about yourself that will help determine what goals you want to set for the new year.
So can you see the value of finding out your values?
Featured photo by Sean Stratton on Unsplash.
I love new beginnings, fresh starts, and the chance to hit the reset button. January 1 is the obvious new start, but there is also the beginning of every month or the beginning of every week. The important thing is to take the opportunity to decide what you want to strive for this year, this month, or this week. I never stop setting goals. I don’t always finish my list and honestly, I don’t really expect myself to accomplish all of them. But by setting goals, I push myself and focus my attention to move my life forward.
Here are some categories to consider when setting goals. I write down three things in each of these areas at the start of the year.
Physical – exercise, eating, health
Mental – education, learning
Social – friendships, relationships
Occupational – career, job changes
Emotional – wellness, vacation, hobbies
After you have your list, highlight or star the goals that are the most important to you. Pick your top three. Than create actions steps to help you reach these goals. Focus on your goals this year. Imagine yourself on December 31 of the new year and what you want to achieve by then. Don’t give up but keep striving forward. Make this a great year!
Featured photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash.