Finding Your Authentic Balance
One of the things I have observed many times in business is the diverse range of balance achieved by many amazing business owners. I often witness times when guilt seems to creep in and unsettle the pursuit of success and balance seems to be an elusive entity, often resulting in overwhelm.
Success is not possible without working hard, so when you are building a business from the seedling of an idea it can come at the cost of long hours and uncertainty which can make even the strongest people feel that they are compromising other aspects of their lives.
I have come to the realization that balance is like a snowflake; no two scenarios are the same. Your balance cannot be the same as mine because our lives, circumstances and businesses are different so our balance cannot possible be the same. Why is it then that some people let guilt ensue when they feel that they are lacking in one area?
I recently listened to a podcast for women in business and one of the questions was about balance and I really resonated with the answer which was so truthful and elegantly put. In a nutshell the guest’s response was that she need more craziness in her life than others, it is part of who she is and so she embrace it. when she knew she needed her life to be busy anthat was part of her balance, she needed quality time with her kids and that’s another part of her balance and she hoped for more time with her husband and that would add to her balance.
The important take home message I hope that you take from this article is that it is OK to have a unique balance that fits right for you. No one has a right to judge your balance, just as you don’t have the right to judge theirs. We all make decisions for ourselves based on our own principles of truth.
One thing that can be beneficial to be mindful of is that our personal seasons change and therefore our centre of balance changes too. So it is important to remember that through these seasons we will experience a shift that will feel unsettling until the ripples soften. One we are mindful, you won’t be knocked down.
My top tips for achieving personal balance are:
Write down a list of what matters to you most and become familiar with that.
Be aware that seasons change in business, and that’s ok!
Schedule in time for you, make yourself a priority.
Pursue with passion.
Leave room in your business for unexpected opportunity.
These are my top tips, your list will be different and it can be an interesting exercise to become familiar with your priorities so why not take a moment to write them down.
So why not take the stress out of aspiring to achieve a balance that is not aligned with you or your vision. Identify where you are now at this moment and what the perfect balance looks like for you and revisit every time you feel a change in your season.