Work-Life Balance: what is it and can it be achieved?

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The ‘Work-life balance’ is a term that is often thrown around, we are meant to achieve the perfect balance between work and life. But what does that balance look like and how do we know when it’s achieved? The term ‘Work-life balance’ implies that they are at two opposite  ends of the spectrum, you spend a set amount of time at work then the same amount of time with everything that makes up the rest of your life i.e. family, hobbies, holidays etc. In reality this is rarely achievable, for many entrepreneurs and small business owners work isn’t just ‘work’ its a passion, a dream realised, their purpose! Your work and your life aren’t enemies, they should be in sync! What that looks like is as individual as you are!

Creating ‘Work Life effectiveness’

Creating work life effectiveness can mean different things to different people, finding your formulae is the key to your success. You are unique in how you choose to navigate your life. Your formula is like a recipe: have the vision – the purpose.

Our choices in life? What is your calling? What I know for sure – If you ask the question the answer will come. You have to be willing to listen for the answer. You have to get still enough to hear the choices, to pay attention. Through the truth of who you are and what you can be…. Listen to your choice. Oprah

You have to know what you really want to do in life, then focus everything else to line up with that goal, sometimes that means putting you first (read Looking after No. 1). Find your passion, it is so important to love what you do and live magic moments. For most people work and life are inseparable, friendships and personal connections have always been part of work and technology makes us contactable 24 hours a day!

Get real with yourself about your life and everyone in it. Be truthful about what isn’t working in your life and start getting results. You can choose and create your own life. It takes courage and commitment to be genuinely honest with yourself.

When you begin to use your energy, have faith in your passion, and totally trust in your purpose, you will live a spectacular life. Forget balance and make the choices that are right for YOU!

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What do you really appreciate in your life right now?

One of the main reasons most people do not have what they want in their life right now, is because they are not grateful for what they already have. When we focus on being blessed and grateful for the things we have in our life – it makes us think in the NOW… and we pay attention to the best of our life – this makes us feel good, and great feelings lead to great emotions. Gratitude drives emotions of belief and faith… and being thankful for what we have is Gratitude.

Being able to live in the ‘NOW’ allows us to appreciate what we have, in this age of distraction we are constantly worrying about the future or obsessing about the past that we let the present pass us by. We are always doing ‘something’, not many people practise stillness and clam.

“We need to live more in the moment. Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realize that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them. Mindfulness involves being with your thoughts as they are, neither grasping at them nor pushing them away. Instead of letting your life go by without living it, you awaken to experience.”

source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200810/the-art-now-six-steps-living-in-the-moment

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Gratitude is available the instant you bring all your awareness to this moment and really open up who you are to experience what is here. In order gratitude to be true and real, there must be a total acceptance of where you are right now – even though it might not be exactly where you want to be – by embracing it fully inside you, this allows you to accept life’s blessings and if you really experience this, your heart will open up to more than you could ever want or dream about.

How do you life in the moment?

Think BIG – Are your goals big enough?

Regular readers of this blog will know I am a big believer it setting goals, the year is flying by so instead of reminding you to review your goals that I know you all set in January; I want to challenge you instead:

 

SET BIGGER GOALS

It doesn’t matter what the goal is, make it bigger! Often we are held back by imaginary limitations, dream big and you will be surprised what you can achieve. I recently read this story on JEFF ROBERTI blog which beautifully illustrates the point!

How I Learned to Set Really Big Goals from My 7-Year-Old

“My daughter was seven at the time. She loved to play catch, and I did also. The object we threw did not matter: a tennis ball, football, or any ball for that matter. It was the challenge of consecutive catches that mattered very much to her.

There was always the same goal, and only one goal, when we played catch: to break the existing records for consecutive catches.

I remember one day when my focused little daughter said, “Dad, let’s try for 100 in a row.” Since our best at that point was 50, I politely chuckled and said, “Sure, honey.” And guess what, after a few attempts, we did it.

So, the next day she said, “Dad let’s go for 300 in a row.” Well, my daughter was learning about thinking big, but I still had a lot to learn. I thought to myself, “Gee, we just hit 100. Why not try 125 or maybe 150 in a row? But 300?” Of course, out loud I responded with another uneasy chuckle and a “Sure, honey.”

You guessed it. It was only a few days later that we hit 300 catches in a row. I was really impressed and quite content. My daughter was neither impressed nor content, and she was also a lot smarter than me. She said, “Dad, let’s go for 500 now!”

And I thought to myself, “You have GOT to be kidding!” Sure enough, that very same day, we caught 500 throws in a row. You’d think I would be a believer by now, but when her sparkling eyes looked at me and said, “Dad, let’s go for 1,000 in a row!”

I am embarrassed to admit that my internal response was the same.

Less than 24 hours later we hit our record — 1,017 catches in a row!

Our record was over 10 times bigger that I had originally thought we could achieve. Thanks to my 7-year-old daughter, I have finally learned to set BIG goals.

You are only as big and successful as your goals.

So, ask yourself:

1. What is an important goal my team is working toward right now?

2. What is stopping me from increasing it?

Think BIG.

Lee Colan, Inc.com”

 

I had to share the story with you, go over the goals you set earlier in the year and make them bigger!!