To balance one’s life is to bring all areas of life into a state of equilibrium or stability. Focusing on only one or two areas of life can work for awhile (and is sometimes necessary), but eventually life will begin to feel out of kilter and then start spinning out of control.

For example, individuals may have this experience when their careers have taken precedence at the expense of other areas of life such as relationships, leisure, or health. Hopefully, this imbalance can be recognized and corrected before important relationships disintegrate, leisure becomes a forgotten art, and health is compromised.

If not, these losses can multiply and greatly affect the success and fulfillment each stage of life can provide.

Therefore, it is important to remember that money can act as a tool for achieving our goal.  However, financial resources alone cannot produce the essential ingredients of a rich and rewarding life such as happiness, good health, loving relationships, and meaningful activities.  When you have identified your values and clarified your priorities, then you can make your decisions purposefully in all areas of life.

Undeniably, quality of life means different things to different people.  Therefore, your own definition will be unique to you.  In addition, it is important to focus on the premise that life is multifaceted and that each facet contributes to the life satisfaction you will experience.

Think of each facet as an integral part of your total “life portfolio.”  It is your investments of time, energy, and money that will make your portfolio grow.  Once you have a clear definition of what “true wealth” means to you, then you can invest in each area of life in a purposeful way.  Are you experiencing the “return” from your investment that you should expect?  If not, it’s time to re-evaluate and re-balance your life portfolio!

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