I’m going to blow the lid off something people don’t talk a lot about when it comes to a “balanced life” and reaching for your goals.
It’s almost impossible to have both at the same time.
When you’re in the process of making changes in your life, no matter what they are, it’s absolutely NORMAL for your life to get a little out of balance. At least for a short while.
I’m talking about times when …
- You’re starting a new job or a new business.
- Working on a health, wellness, or fitness goal.
- Saving to pay off your mortgage or some other debt.
- You have a family goal (like renovating your home).
You only have so many hours in a day, with a limited amount of energy!
When you’re faced with a real-life “out of balance” goal or situation, there are a couple of things you can do about it.
First, accept it.
“To everything, there is a season…”
That’s been solid wisdom for thousands of years – because it’s TRUE!
If you try to do it “all” … it’ll almost always just lead to disappointment, burnout, and unneeded stress.
Second, try to give the other areas of your life SOME attention.
I’m talking about things related to:
- Your family and your friends
- Your health and wellness
- Your self-development and learning
- Your spirit
If you ignore those areas of your life, before long you might find yourself feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and feel like something is missing from your life (because it is!).
You might not be able to devote time to every area of your life every day, but carving out time once a week can make a real difference.
You can also upgrade how you spend your time!
For instance, let’s say you’re working on eating healthier for the New Year.
If you normally order takeout or got out and eat on weekends — and end up indulging in meals that don’t align with your goals — what if instead you created a new “family dinner” at-home routine?
Everyone could chip in and help prepare dinner together – and if you have kids in the house who are old enough, maybe THEY can be in charge.
Your family will remember these times for years to come … AND you’ll all be eating healthier foods.
When my son was still living at home he was in charge one night a week to make supper and it was a GREAT way for him to learn how to meal plan, shop for groceries and to build on learning how to cook good nutritious meals instead of relying on mac and cheese, take out or grilled cheese all the time.
That’s a win-win!
I hope this helps you as you tackle your 2021 goals – so you can set yourself up for success!