Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Are You In or Out of Balance?

I want you to get a piece of paper and draw a good-sized plus sign at the bottom of the page.
Put a small 0 in the center, at the intersection of the two lines. Then write a 10 at the end of each line, and a 5 between the 0 and each 10. You should have a 0 in the center, then 4 5s halfway out on each line and 4 10s out on the ends of the lines.

Next, look at your graph as if it were a clock face. At the top, at 12 o’clock, write the word Health; at 3 o’clock, write Mental/Spiritual; at 6 o’clock, write Relationships; and at 9 o’clock, write Work.

Now, as I describe each word I want you to grade yourself in each category from 0-10 by putting a dot wherever you think you are. 0 is 0, 10 is Excellent.

How Healthy do you feel? How do you feel each morning when you wake up? Do you exercise; drink enough water; get enough sleep? Make a dot.

How do you feel about your work? Are you working at what you would like to do? How many Perfect Workdays do you have? Make a dot.

How positive are your Relationships? Do you have friends and family with whom you spend time on a regular basis? Is that time energizing or draining? Make a dot.

In the Mental/Spiritual category, do you have mental activities, spiritual or otherwise, that take your mind up and away from the cares of the day? Do you consider yourself to be on a spiritual path? Make a dot.

Now, draw a circle connecting the dots. The short side of your circle should show you where you need more balance.

However, Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of GE says that balance is a myth. He says that if you are of a certain age in our society (30-50) and you have any ambition your life will not be balanced.

What you need to do is seek sources of recreation and energy and understand that there will be out of balance times.

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