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A Question of Balance
By Matt Church

At times, everyone's life will be out of balance. In order to realise our goals some sacrifice will be necessary. To me, balance is best explained as a centre point to which we keep returning from bouts of relaxation or pressure. It's a base point from which we deliberately choose to step away or step back into. 

When we play squash we react to the ball best when we're at centre court. Sometimes we throw ourselves at the wall, sometimes we chase the ball to the front wall, but at all times we're aware of how exposed we are and our need to get back to centre court - our balance point. 

Perfect balance is a state of non-movement. Life's too fluid and dynamic for this state to be maintained for long periods. If we want to get ahead in life, then in almost anything, it requires work, effort and a personal stretch. 

The answer lies in knowing how to relax, and how to push it when required. We also need to recognise the state we're in at any given moment, and then make a conscious decision to maintain or alter that state. Is it time to relax or, go for it? 

If you choose to push it then, support your decision by: 

  1. Not missing an exercise workout. A workout will burn off excess stress drugs such as cortisol and leave you calm and rational. 
  2. Always eat breakfast. This sends a message to your body that all is OK and prevents excess adrenaline being used simply to get going at the start of day. 
  3. Discuss with your family the period of time you'll be out of balance and the reason you've made this choice. 

If you choose to relax then, support this decision by: 

  1. Leaving your briefcase at work - don't take it home the night you intend to relax. 
  2. Take your watch off ...you'll soon get out of time. (less focussed on the urgent and more on the important) 
  3. Eat lunch away from work stimulants such as the in tray and computer screen. 

Know the cost of deciding to go for it, or to back off. And, take responsibility for that decision. Balance is a destination never arrived at. It's knowing that it's your choice to maintain or reject your current state that's important. 

About the author: Matt Church is a speaker and trainer who travels over 100 days a year delivering seminars to corporations helping their employees lay the foundations for success. If you would like to help your employees get their priorities right or would like to find out more about a seminar run by Matt Church then visit his website at www.mattchurch.com.au

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