I think deep down all of us know that we need to maintain balance in our lives if we want to live an abundant life, but how often do we diligently seek after it? For myself, I know that achieving balance seems like some far-fetched reality that might be achievable if only I were a superhuman. Since I’m anything but superhuman, I always feel like achieving balance is a little more complicated than what most of us believe.
Even though we can all agree that balance is important, I’d say there is a significant difference between knowing that we need balance and actually putting in the work required to achieve it. If you think about it from a world champion athlete’s perspective, it might make a little bit more sense.
What Does “Balance” Really Mean?
When professional athletes train to compete in their sport, they don’t ignore any aspect of their training or nutrition regimen. For example a professional bodybuilder wouldn’t think for a second about spending three hours in the gym each day only to come home and follow a diet that consists of French fries, hamburgers, and ice cream. They also wouldn’t stay up until 3 a.m. every day watching television or playing video games. For a bodybuilder, the exercise routine, the nutrition plan, and the sleep cycle are all equally important and they can’t experience success if any of those pieces are out of balance.
The same is true with our lives—if you spend all day at work but neglect your health or your family or your spouse, eventually something will have to give. You may be the best employee known to man, but if the rest of your personal life is out of whack you’ll find yourself struggling to find happiness. You may not even notice it is happening in the early stages, but over time it will cause a lot of damage.
How to Achieve Balance
You don’t have to be perfect to have balance, but you do need to be conscience of how you use your time. Whenever you spend too much time on any one single thing in your life, you begin to lose your perspective on what’s important, and then you lose your balance. So if the end goal is to maintain balance in all things, how can you achieve it? Check out these few ways that have helped me achieve balance in my life.
#1: Exercise and eat Right 90% of the Time
You don’t have to get obsessive about every thing you eat, but you should create a meal plan that consists of healthy foods, and try to follow it as closely as possible. You should also follow a simple exercise routine that involves some cardiovascular training, some strength training, and also some flexibility training. When it comes to your diet, try to eat clean the majority of the time, and give yourself the liberty to enjoy some unhealthy foods and desserts from time to time.
#2: Spend Time With Family and Friends
Of all the things you have in your life, nothing will bring you greater joy than your family relationships and friendships. No matter how busy you are, make time in your schedule to stay connected with friends and family on a regular basis.—even if it’s only for 30 minutes per day. Try to reach out to the people you are close with so you can keep your relationships strong.
#3: Make Time for Things you Enjoy
What would life be like if you didn’t make time for the things you enjoy? Unfortunately too many of us neglect our own hobbies and passions to spend more time at the office or on house-related chores. Life will be busy no matter what, but if you want to have purpose in your life you need to make time for things you enjoy. I would suggest doing at least one thing you love every day, even if it only takes a few minutes.
#4: Stay in Touch With Your Spiritual Side
It’s important to take care of your physical body, your relationships and stay connected with your hobbies, but you should also stay in touch with your spiritual side. Whether this involves going to church, meditating, praying, or just giving service to others, make sure to do something spiritual on a regular basis.