Life Balance

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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People often talk about life balance in hushed and reverent tones, as if the mere mention of balance invokes some ancient mystical spirit. Visit your local Barnes & Noble and you'll find books preaching the importance of balance in everything from diet to motorcycle maintenance. And while there's certainly validity to this point, there's not always a clearly defined plan for enacting that balance.

The old adage "all things in moderation" gets bandied about by just about every armchair philosopher out there. But surely the great CEOs, heads of state, athletes, and artists all arrived at greatness through unrelenting and obsessive passion, right? Well, as it turns out, maybe not. The saying "experience relaxed passion" may sound like a paradox, but when moderation is present in your life, it's much easier to focus on the work at hand than it is if there's some glaring omission.

The Pillars of Life Balance

One popular theory that's been promulgated by philosophers and therapists alike is that of the Five Pillars of Life. In this world view, life balance depends on sorting through five different levels of well-being: spiritual, physical, financial, emotional, and intellectual. Should any single area go unaddressed, the other four invariably suffer. It doesn't matter how much success one enjoys in any single category if the overall picture is out of alignment.

Many people erroneously believe that making loads and loads of money will bring harmony to the other four areas. While it's hard to argue that cash doesn't alleviate a lot of problems, it's ultimately useless to try to convince the money-hungry that their efforts are best spent scattered about. If you are finding it difficult to find balance in your life, you may want to simply work with a life coach who can help you prioritize and redefine your life goals. This has proven to be an effective solution for many people out there.

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