The Balancing Act!

Achieving a balanced life is a simple matter of balancing everything we do, with everything we want to do, with everything that everyone else wants us to do. That’s easy!

Life is like a Balance Sheet. Trying to do everything for everyone every day can be overwhelming and is definitely stressful. Keeping everything in balance over a week, or a month, or a year is easier when we have a good foundation to stand on. Building and maintaining a strong foundation starts with our health. This includes our physical health, our mental health, and our emotional health. Stress has a hard time eating away at the foundation of our life when we take the time to take care of the things that keep us healthy. Your number one, most valuable asset in life is YOU!

Life’s Balance Sheet is Not in Measured in Dollars

We all know that it is important to exercise regularly, eat properly, and get enough sleep. When something is eating away at your foundation in life, it needs to be addressed. The bottom line in life is not valued in dollars but in how much we value our selves. Check out Life’s Balance Sheet and see how your bottom line measures up against your life circumstances.

Life’s Balance Sheet
Cash – You – What you have to spend
This includes personal energy, time, and sleep
Accounts Receivable – Family and Friends – Who you have to help you
This includes the people who you can depend on in your personal life
Inventory – Strengths and Weaknesses – What you have to work with
This includes your likes and dislikes, knowledge and skills, personality
Goodwill – Your Belief Structure
This includes what you and others believe about you

Accounts Payable – How your energy is spent
This includes people that depend on you in your personal life
Accrued Liabilities – pre-existing conditions that there is a known result that is expected.
This includes things you know are coming up like caring for aging parents or aging pets, replacing household appliances or vehicles, or planning for education or retirement.
 Loans – Temporary situations
This includes temporary situations that require our focus for short periods of time
Long Term Commitments – Contracts with our selves
This includes the commitments we make with ourselves about who we are
Retained Earnings – What you have to give
Net Worth = Self Worth – How you value yourself

Take a few moments to go through each account in your life and see how healthy the balance in that account is for you. There is not a set amount that is good or bad. The end result is how good or bad you feel about yourself and your life. If you are ending up with nothing left to give or you do not value yourself, then it is time to make some changes.

Copyright © 2009 Ellen Brockway