Leading a balanced life is hard. Every day, we have so many things competing for our attention: kids, spouses, parents, work, school, household duties, and on and on it goes. How is one supposed to find balance in all of this chaos?
I’ll let you in on a secret: you can’t. The secret to life isn’t balanced at all, because that’s impossible to find.
The secret lies in finding alignment instead.
Finding balance in your life is a myth; it is humanly impossible to divide your energy and efforts equally between every aspect of your life. Some areas will require more attention than others; other areas can be left dormant for a while as you focus your energy elsewhere. What’s important is to schedule in time to work on what fuels you and what’s necessary to keep you going.
But how can you do that? And what on earth does alignment have to do with getting through each day with some measure of success and sanity?
I’ve come up with the six assets of alignment that have become my guiding stars. They are the things that help me prioritize my day-to-day tasks and ensure that I will emerge from each day successful, invigorated, and ready to do it all again the next day…and all the days after that.
Are you ready to unlock all that aligning your life has to offer? Let’s chat a bit about my six assets alignment so you can start thinking about how they can help you find the success you dream of.
How many times do you look at your to-do list every morning and feel overwhelmed, discouraged, stressed, or anxious? The key to remedying this lies within your mindset. The thing that will set you apart from the crowd is knowing how to harness those emotions and flip them on their head to serve you instead of enslaving you.
Instead of considering all you have to do, and how much of it is out of your control, focus on that which you can control: your attitude and your response to each task before you. Take everything one step at a time and refuse to give in to the feeling of overwhelming.
Not everyone is a person of faith, but if you are, tap into the reassurance that the belief in a power greater than you provide. None of us is meant to walk this earth alone, and while friends and family are great, sometimes you just need to say a little prayer before going about your day.
The memorable moments I share with my family have kept me going through even the darkest, most stressful times. But I wouldn’t have those memories to fall back on if I had allowed my stress, busyness or anxiety to steal that joy. Prioritize sharing life with the people you love, and pour intentional time and effort into your relationships on a regular basis – whether that’s with your family, spouse, roommates or close friends.
On the flip side, not all of us have good families. In that case, it’s equally important to recognize when your family is messing with your alignment and to set boundaries to prevent them from interfering with the life and success you’re trying to build. There is more to family than blood; seeking out support in whatever way you can is what counts.
You deserve to look and feel your best every day. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that you will feel the opposite of aligned if you’re not taking time every day to invest in your own physical fitness and care. By choosing to eat healthy, exercise, and actually keep your doctor’s appointments, you’re investing in your long-term success and your short term comfort. The cliche “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything” is true for a reason!
Speaking of sayings, one of my favourites is “He who can be trusted with little will be trusted with much.” If you practice smart money management every day, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll be rewarded with more money to manage. I’m not saying hoard all your money like a Scrooge or spend willy-nilly; make smart investments, set aside money so you can rest comfortably knowing you’ll be taken care of in the event emergency strikes, and enjoy the benefits of your hard work. Everything in moderation.
The people you surround yourself with play a vital role in your success. Intentionally fill your life with people of substance and reject the advancements of toxic people who want to steal your joy and interrupt your rhythm. Working, playing, and living alongside people who have your best interests at heart and want you to succeed ensures that everyone involved in the relationship lives a life well-aligned with their goals.
By following these six assets of alignment, you’ll be able to clearly see where to apply more resources, and understand how best to take back your time and care for yourself and the people around you. Take back your time, be intentional with how you spend it and watch how quickly you’ll reap the rewards.
About Burton Hughes
Burton Hughes is an author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker and has been featured on Dare to Be Authentic Radio, Between the Lines and 365 Driven podcasts. His new book, Align Your Empire: Using the Six Assets of Alignment as the Catalyst to Ignite Your Life, equips and inspires leaders to take control of their time, lives, and businesses. For more information and to purchase the book, please visit burtonhughesofficial.com/