The Tough Questions on Living a Balanced Life

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If you were to take a life assessment test right now, how would you rate your level of satisfaction in the different areas of your life — in your career, in your finances, in your health, in your family and relationships (yes, including your love life), in your social life, in your faith and spirituality? From a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate your level of satisfaction?

How are you living your life? Would you say you are living a balanced life? Would you say you are at your best? Ask yourself right now, “How am I living my life?”

When I was working as an auditor some years ago, we had a special project with a special client. And because it was special, we had special working hours. We were on duty almost 24-7. Career-wise, I would rate that experience Level 9 — I was learning a lot, I was growing in my competencies as an auditor. Financial-wise, I would rate that experience Level 8 — I was earning almost twice as much as my regular income. But perhaps, in the area of health, I would rate it as Level 3 — I was lacking in rest and sleep, and we were eating fast-food almost everyday. I was away from my family, I had no social life, and had no time for lovelife! Good thing, my colleagues were my friends and I never forget to pray. But that was not enough. I knew I needed to change.

Fast forward to today, I still haven’t reached my Level 10 yet. But a lot has changed. While my life is far from perfect, I have grown so much. While I still need to learn a lot, I also have learned a lot. One thing is clear, growth happens if we make it happen.

Whatever level you are in right now, hang in there and keep the faith. Believe that you can level it up from 3 to 4, to 5 to 6, to 7, and so on. There is hope! Whisper to yourself right now, “Keep the faith. There is hope.”

The question now is: how can you raise your level of satisfaction up? How can you achieve balance? How can you be your best?

In the next five Sundays, allow me to share with you five key lessons to practice balance and unleash the potential that you have with excellence. You may have heard some of them before, my role is to remind you, to give you a fresh insight, a new perspective… and push you take action and sustain it.

Because it is easy to live a seemingly balanced life for a day. It is easy to live with excellence once in a while. But the real challenge comes from sustaining it and living it in the long-term.

Let’s have the first lesson next Sunday. But for now, take the time to review your life. How would you assess your way of living today?

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, DTM is a leadership trainer, presentations coach, and an author of 4 books including ‘SPEAK: How to Craft and Deliver a Speech or Presentation with Competence and Confidence’. Get his book for free by attending the SPEAK 2.0 Intensive Public Speaking Workshop on June 15. Register now at http://bit.ly/SpeakBaguio. Meet good people who also want to grow at the Growth Summit 2019; sign up now at http://bit.ly/growthsummitph.)

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