Thursday, February 10, 2011

2B This Week's topic is Balance!

Balance- 2B

This weeks topic is Balance.  If you joined me on Monday, I hope you have had an opportunity to look at your current balance vs. your ideal balance.  If you have completed the Fieldwork from Balance 2A, now it is time to take the next step.  If you have not viewed any of the previous blogs, either start here or go back to 1A and work up to this one. 

This week you will begin to work on making small changes to rebalance the things in your life.  If an activity is pulling you one direction and providing no benefit and you could use that time to do something else you enjoy more, now is the time to make a change.  Think about things in terms of the time you spend doing them and the amount of happiness or joy they bring.  If there is an opportunity to replace something that is dragging you down with something that will put a smile on your face, let's do it!  To determine if something is worthwhile, ask yourself what the time expenditure is and what your joy level is while doing it.  These two will add up to your overall satisfaction level.  For example, more time + no happiness = not worth it, or less time + lots of joy = very worthwhile.  Figure out where things fit on your scale and decide where you can make changes. 

Balance is defined as a desirable point between two or more opposite forces.  Who defines what the desirable point is and what the forces are?  You do!  Your balance will not look exactly like anyone elses.  For each of you, this is going to be unique to who you are, your responsibilities, your passion and your life.  You can either go along with what life presents you or you can be proactive and look inside yourself and decide what fits best in your life.

It is ok to say no to things you don't enjoy doing and that are not in balance with what you need in your life right now.  If something wastes your time and energy and provides no benefit to you, why do you spend time doing it?  Switch things around and play with your balance until you find the perfect fit for you!

Either journal about these questions or take a few minutes to work through them in your mind.

- What do you need to spend more of your time doing?
- What do you need to spend less of your time doing?
- What are you willing to change this week so you start to align your life so it is perfectly balanced for you?
- What does it feel like when you make changes that are true to you?
- What other things do you need to shift around in your life?

Fieldwork 2B- Be proactive in making choices for how you will spend your time. Before accepting a new commitment, make sure it fits with your balance goals. Think about the costs, benefits and time expense before taking on new tasks. Also, I want you to look at your current commitments and if something is not working for you and your balance, get rid of it!

Bonus Challenge topic 2-
Think about your life now and how your balance feels. What works and what needs to change? Now think of your life it it were perfectly balanced. What would it look like? What would you create? How would that feel?  

Thanks for reading!  Join me next week for Practicing Self Care!

Coach Gaye

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