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The Word Was Balance

This is an important concept as we all struggle to make ends meet while trying to keep our sense of humor as we make our livings. Like everything else in life, achieving BALANCE is easier said than done.  We chuckled at the notion that as we grew older (more experienced) life would get easier. No such luck!

I was reminded of a bumper sticker that read: “Don’t Believe Your Parents: Adulthood Is Way Over-Rated.”

Not unlike the word SUCCESS, the definition of “BALANCE” becomes a personal choice. We all have our own definition, and we all seem to struggle with it.

I believe that the first step towards maintaining balance in our lives is to list the categories that make up our Individual Balance Wheels. What exactly do we need to balance?

Your entries may include: nutrition, exercise, business, family, hobbies, spiritual, sleep, study time, bucket lists, and other areas that are important to you. You are the judge. You are the jury.

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Next, it is probably wise to eliminate those activities within these categories that are not contributing to your satisfaction level. That will leave room to introduce some new tactics, or better yet, shift time from one category to the next. 24-hours is all you get, so it is up to you to use this time prudently.

Once we have made these additions, deletions, and adjustments, it is time to dust-off and exercise some discipline. The time you allocate for each category must be adhered to. You also must be kind to yourself since you will probably come up short more than once trying to keep yourself on schedule. Give yourself permission to keep trying. Failure is okay, as long as you keep on going.

This is important to understand, as this falls under the heading of Emotional Intelligence. Everything and anything that you are experiencing was not invented yesterday. You are not in this thing alone. We are all under the gun, and we all find ourselves wishing (fruitlessly) that we had more time to do what needs doing.

All you can do is all you can do. Here are a few of your options:

  1. Decide what needs doing.
  2. Eliminate the time wasters.
  3. Stop multi-tasking and focus on one assignment at a time.
  4. Keep your sense of humor.
  5. Call me before you head for the bridge.

Michael Jackson once reminded us that if we are going to make the world (your world) a better place, perhaps it makes the most sense if you first look in the mirror… and then make a change.

Mike Marchev

Mike Marchev freely shares his experiences, strategies and observations with travel professionals in an effort to keep them on top of their game. For a complimentary copy of his 12-Word Marketing Plan send him an email at

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