Can we have it all?
Isn’t it everyone’s goal to “find” balance or “have” a balanced life? Do we even know what that means?
Between raising children (and many of us have been homeschooling them too), having a career, maintaining your personal relationships, cooking healthy meals, keeping a clean house, staying fit, and finding time to relax, you’ve probably come to the assumption that balance is just keeping everything from falling apart…it’s no wonder that you may feel completely unbalanced, stressed out, and frustrated… constantly.
No one has it all together, all the time. Balance doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.. It means that you have found organization that works for you—everyone’s idea of balance is very different. The secret to finding yours lies in your core values and beliefs.
Your priorities lie where you spend your most valuable possession: your time.
We are all given the same amount of time each week, and we don’t get that time back.
Adjusting your attitude towards balance is one of the largest differences you can make when reframing our priorities.
“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” ~Dolly Parton
If you strive to “find” balance and spend your life looking for it, you won’t achieve it. Balance is not a destination, but a constant journey. There are always times when we feel unbalanced—life is full of constant adjustment.
To refocus, it is important to periodically step back and evaluate where you’re focusing most of your time and energy. If you’ve been constantly busy with work, step back, place boundaries, and intentionally refocus your energy where it belongs.
The best way to find balance is to make sure your thoughts are centered on your priorities and the most important things to you. Balance will follow if your heart and mind are focused. It takes practice!
“We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves.” ~Francis J. Braceland
Here are some tips to help you take back your power and reframe your idea of balance:
1. Be flexible with your plan – Your goals are what your priorities should reflect. The plan doesn’t have to be set in stone if you are determined with the outcome.
2. Enjoy the Journey – Success is a journey and the small moments always end up being the big ones when you look back on your life.
3. Embrace the unexpected – Real learning takes place when you are able to find the joy in life’s interruptions. The process itself is the most important part of building your own version of real success.
You can have it all, but maybe not all at the same time, and that’s okay.
Balance your time, but remember your priorities.