By Kami Guildner, President Syzygy Consulting & Coaching and CWCC Member
I often find myself in conversation with others about creating work:life balance. What does work:life balance mean to you? How do you juggle all that presents itself in the realm of your day-to-day living?
Perhaps it is time that we start thinking about work:life balance in a different way. Afterall, it’s all life! How do you intertwine passions, responsibilities and personal joy? The answer to this is different for every person! And the balance equation changes as life progresses – never remaining static or the same at any time in our lives.
Recently, I led a Balance Workshop for a women’s leadership group in a Denver corporation. The women explored what created balance in their lives – and recalled times in their lives when they felt most in balance. They shared their stories with each other, and in the process, came up with their own guiding principles that were essential to creating balance in their lives:
While these principles aligned at the big picture level, every woman’s definition of balance was very different – dependent on who she was at her core – each balancing different priorities, values and passions. But the mere question of exploring their own life paths brought new insights and new approaches to shifting the balance equation in their lives.
What they discovered was that when we are passionate about the things we do in our life, the ebb and flow of how we spend our time seems to balance effortlessly. We move from one role to another at a steady, yet energetic pace, with productivity, peace of mind and a deep sense of accomplishment.
Are you ready to explore your own work:life balance principles? Here’s an exercise in the art of creating balance in your world. Find a friend to do this with, or just take some quiet contemplative time to explore on your own!
Recall a time in your life when you felt a sense of equilibrium. A time when you felt alignment to those around you: your family, your work, and most importantly, yourself. A time when you felt healthy, vibrant, mentally stimulated and on fire with a strong sense of purpose. Tell a friend or write the story about this time in your life. What were you doing? Who was involved? What contributed to this sense of balance?
As you tell the story, look into the situation a little more deeply.
After you’ve explored your own stories, consider what principles were key to creating balance for your life. What could you shift today? What one small step could you take to put yourself onto a path of balance?
Interested in exploring your life path further?
I look forward to co-creating with you and hearing more about what your heart is longing for.
Kami Guildner, President of Syzygy Coaching and Consulting, has been in the Colorado foothills for over 20 years. Kami helps people uncover their passions and discover their purpose to guide them to an inspired future. Her consulting and coaching agency, Syzygy, is grounded in the experience of stories, nature, passions and the power of positive – opening new doors for new visions. Kami is a Certified Equine Guided Educator and trained in Appreciative Inquiry change management methodology. Visit the Syzygy Web site at www.syzygy-co.com or contact Kami directly at 303-670-7244, email@example.com.