Embracing the quest for balance

Believe it or not, the term ‘balance’ is often perceived as a lofty, metaphysical ideal or an annoying, judgmental slur.

Don’t believe this?

Think about it. On one side, you have the pilate-peddling, Super Soul Sunday crowd who will defy gravity and don an inverted Lotus position daily in an inspired and ongoing quest to achieve it.

On the other, you have those stressed and overwhelmed mere-mortals who, when told by concerned well-wishers that balance is what’s missing in their lives, will immediately transform into the psychopathic Deniro character from the classic movie Taxi Driver, look you up and down, and ask, “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me???”

Yep. We’re talkin’ to you.

For regardless if you can do yoga upside down or not, we owe it to ourselves to strive for balance in all areas of our lives, be it family, health, relationships, finances and, yes, career.

Needless to say, balance is not achieved by working a dead end job that only brings you misery and stress. It is neither achieved by forging a career inconsistent with your passion, personality, skills and talents. This is a major cause of disharmony for many workers who, every day, wake up to face a job they dislike. Not good.

Balance is something we can only create for ourselves. In most cases, we are the ones who have convinced ourselves that—with all of our roles, commitments and obligations to others—it is just not possible.

This is something we should never concede. For once we do, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and we become the very problem we complain about.

So take the first step toward balance today and find out what career path best fits your extraordinary personality, skills and talents.

For balance is your birthright.

And the more balanced you are, the more you’ll recognize this.