The funny thing about balance is that it looks different in each person’s life.
While you can look at trends and charts and statistics, each person, situation, and interaction is different. Further complicating the situation is the fact that balance rarely looks like a 50-50 relationship — a healthy balance of work and family, for example, may look more like 70-30 or 35-65.
Finding balance demands sensitive attention to the consequences of specific actions, but the investment results in tremendous advancement — personal and professional.
- Professional Example: Paying attention to how much effort you put into certain areas of your job and how much effort you waste allows you to prioritize the most important aspects while balancing the others in the time you have left.
- Personal Example: One area in which most people lack balance is in their health. By paying attention to what you eat, how long you sleep, what you drink, the exercise you get, etc., you will learn how each of these factors effects your attention span, sleeping patterns, mood, and energy.
- Professional Example: One key to professional advancement is the interview, whether you are applying for a new job or just looking for a promotion. Understanding balances such as when to speak and when to be silent, when to focus on the positive and when to include the negative, give you the advantage over other candidates.
- Personal Example: Understanding balances in your life, such as how much time to spend with yourself, how much with your friends, and how much with family takes off pressure and puts priority on those who deserve it. This open doors to personal growth, healthier friendships, and improved family relationships.
Maintaining balance in areas from exercise to interviews demonstrates important life and professional skills such as prioritization and the ability to say no when necessary. Balance looks different depending on the person and the situation — finding it and maintaining it is never easy, but the investment always pays off in the long-run.
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