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3 Big Ideas To Lead A Balanced Life

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We have been discussing the six lies between you and success based on The ONE Thing principles. Here’s a summary of all six:

1. Everything Matters Equally

2. Multitasking

3. A Disciplined Life

4. Willpower Is Always On Will-Call

5. A Balanced Life

6. Big Is Bad

I have always strived to do my best to balance between my work and personal life. At times, I have failed miserably. Often times, I get so distracted by work that I neglect to exercise, sleep or spend time with my family. How do you begin to do it all successfully without losing purpose, meaning and significance?

In the book, The ONE ThingGary Keller and Jay Papasan offer three big ideas to lead a balanced life:

1. Separate your personal life and work life into two distinct buckets.

The suggestion is that we should strive for somewhere in the middle. If we get too far from one then we feel our lives are living in extremes and find ourselves not committed to doing anything well. “Knowing when to pursue the middle and when to pursue the extremes is, in essence, the true beginning of wisdom. Extraordinary results are achieved by this negotiation with your time.

The truth in this concept is that the magic happens in the extremes. But while we are pursuing success doing the extreme can present serious problems with managing our life.

The fact is time waits for no one. When we work too long our personal life suffers. Often our personal life is full of demands with family commitments and home responsibilities that often we declare, “I have no life!”.  So both ends up suffering and we fall prey to stress and sometimes even depression.

Leading a balanced life is a lie! SO, what do we do? The ONE Thing suggests we counterbalance.

2. Counterbalance your work bucket.

The fact is not everything can get done. If we prioritize what’s most important then something will not get done but it’s the only way we are going to achieve extraordinary results. Counterbalance is not only important it’s necessary to your well-being.

The ONE Thing  says there are two types of counterbalance; the balancing between work and personal life and balancing within each. “To achieve extraordinary results, you must choose what matters most and give it all the time it demands. This requires getting extremely out of balance in relation to all other work issues. with an only infrequent counterbalance to address them.

Your work life requires you to focus on what matter most and forget everything else. Take what matters most to the extreme and you will be well on your away to achieving professional success.

3. Counterbalance your personal life bucket.

In regards to your personal life, self-awareness in your mental, spiritual and physical needs require very tight  counterbalancing. Often times these can be combined with activities but neither can be neglected for long. Achieving extraordinary results and doing what you do better requires you to take a priority to act on it. “When you act on your priority, you will automatically go out of balance, giving more time to one thing over the other.

Go to work and get your most important work priority done. Then go home and focus on your personal priorities. You can’t mix both or you will set yourself up for failure.

In summary, your can’t go a long time without counterbalancing your personal life and work life. Get to the top priorities and the rest will fall into place. Leading an extraordinary life to success is a counterbalancing act.

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