I recently read an article on Fortune Magazine’s Web site where a woman entrepreneur running a multi-7-figure business bemoaned the absence of “work-life balance” in her life. She said she fought for it when her children were younger and never truly achieved it.
Her kids are grown now. But her mother is over 90 years old and lives in a different city, so she still struggles with achieving the balance she seeks as she tries to visit her mom every 4-6 weeks.
My heart goes out to this woman. There is no denying the difficulty of the situation she’s facing.
Yet I believe she would view her circumstances and her “work-life balance” differently if she could manage a simple change in mindset:
Balance is not giving equal amounts of attention to all things at all times.
Balance is the power or means to decide what you give your attention to at any given time.
All your power lies in choice.
And the first thing you need to do to exercise choice is to realize you have it.
If you struggle with balance (remember that work is an integral part of your life, so think of it as LIFE balance), ask yourself:
In what areas of my life do I feel that I don’t have the power to decide what I can do?
For every area that you identify, visualize a choice that you would make if you felt you had the power to do so. Then ask yourself what it would take to make that happen.
I guarantee that you’ll begin to see things differently. And that’s the first step toward doing things differently!
Soon, you’ll begin to feel that life balance isn’t a myth after all!
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