The ancient Greeks had two famous sayings: “Man, know thyself” and “Moderation in all things.” Taken together, those two ideas are a good starting point for achieving a balanced life.
With regard to knowing thyself, give some serious thought to what you really value in life. All trade-offs and choices are based on your values, and all stress and unhappiness come from believing and valuing one thing and, yet, finding yourself doing another.
The superior woman decides what is right before she decides what is possible. This woman organizes her life to assure that everything she is doing is consistent with her true values. It is essential for you to organize your life around yourself, rather than to organize yourself around the demands of your external world.
The second quote, “Moderation in all things,” is a wonderful dictate for successful living. At the same time, we know you can’t really be successful in any area by being moderate in that area. Single-minded concentration on a goal is absolutely necessary for achievement of any kind in a competitive society. So what’s the solution? I have found a simple formula that’s easy to implement—all you need is self-discipline and persistence.
To begin, here are some tactics I’ve learned that will help you lean into your productive best.
The 7 Habits
To create balance in all spheres of my life, I find a lot of solace when I integrate the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People into my daily program, in the order Stephen R. Covey laid them out.
The first three habits are about self-mastery:
The next four habits have to do with interdependence:
The last habit is about growth and change.
The idea of abundance mentality is a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and success to share with others. This contrasts with the scarcity mindset, which is founded on the idea that, if someone else wins or is successful in a situation, that means you lose, without considering the possibility of all parties winning in some way or another.
Individuals with an abundance mentality reject the notion of zero-sum games, which engenders destructive and unnecessary competition, and are able to celebrate the success of others rather than feel threatened by it. The abundance mentality arises from having a high self-worth and security and leads to the sharing of profits, recognition, and responsibility. Organizations may also apply an abundance mentality when doing business.
There is no perfect answer to how we can create balance in our lives, but there are a number of ideas that can help us to be, have, and do more in the areas that are important to us. These ideas often require changes in the way we think and use our time, but the price is well worth it.
Born and based in Kenya, VIOLET IKAHU worked as
a marketer and sales director for different companies
before starting her own travel agency. Seeking for an opportunity
to support others in accomplishing their dreams, she joined
a network marketing company in 2012. Violet is among the first
in her company to pioneer the African market.