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How many of us can stand on one leg without wobbling? That was a difficult task my fitness instructor pushed me to do. It was a little hard initially, but as I managed to maintain a little ''balance,'' it became easier and I felt satisfied.
Balance is essential in all aspects of life such as health, finances, family, and professional and social relationships. If you are happy with your current situation and find that everything has fallen into place, then all spheres of your life are in perfect harmony. However, if you feel that something is amiss, then you need to identify it and find ways to achieve balance.
The circle of life concept helps you get an overview of how you are living your life and rationalise how you manage each aspect. Carefully examine each. If you would rate each one from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, which do you think scores least? If you put yourself in the centre, with all the aspects and their assigned scores branching out of you, do they result in a perfect circle?
If they do not, then imagine yourself as a wheel with spokes that represent the different aspects of life. Each spoke should be of the same length for the wheel to be formed into a perfect circle. Now, imagine you are on a journey with one spoke of a different length. You are in for a bumpy ride.
The areas in your life where you have scored the lowest may be the ones that you need to focus on and set vehement goals around. It may be your professional life.
As you commit to change your life for the better, your circle of life will reflect that change. It is like a compass, guiding you to a happier and more fulfilling state. You can revisit each aspect any time to make adjustments.
I urge you to map out your life cycle today and start your journey to happiness and success with measurable steps.
• Decide on what you want and do it with a balancing act
• Discipline yourself to easily change your state and thinking
• Remove destructive habits that will make you unproductive
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company