Is There Such A Thing As Work-Life Balance?
One of the most popular areas that people come to see life coaches is around work-life balance. So many people love their jobs, but they also love their family time, value getting exercise and also need adequate rest time, and they find it difficult or impossible to fit it all in, and find it stressful to make choices and sacrifices that impact themselves and/or people around them.
The term itself can be misleading, and many experts say that there can never be a balance, as the items are not symmetrical. I’m not so sure about that, as I think there can be different weights or values to different activities in your life, such that a balance can be struck. The scientist in me proposed that perhaps there’s a kind of equilibrium** to be found. The accountant in me says it’s the idea of taking control of your life. And the coach in me suggests that it’s the path to success and fulfilment.
[**A condition in which all acting influences are canceled by others, resulting in a stable, balanced system.]
Whatever the terminology they choose, I work with clients to help them understand the weights and values that they give to each of the elements of their life. Upon finding that clarity, my clients are then able to make confident decisions to either make changes, or leave things as they are, with a better appreciation of the choices they have made. Often they can come to realise that what they thought was an unsustainable situation is actually just as they want it. Other times, the appropriate action need becomes self-evident and they are able to move forward without doubt or fear.
There’s no doubt that everyone’s circumstance, everyone’s story is unique. Which is why you can’t always find the answer in a book or on the internet. It’s why I call myself a Personal Coach. I coach the person, within the framework of their current circumstances, through to a new upgraded situation which enables them to live the life they hope for.
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As we move into December and approach the new year, it’s a time for reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the next one. Often we intend to make changes and all too often they don’t come to fruition.
My suggestion to you is not to wait until January 1st. Make the change now, today, and vastly improve your chances of success in 2016 by hiring me as your Personal Coach. You’ll look back on it as one of the smartest moves you ever made.