Last week, in Blog #269 (Maximizing Traditional Success Metrics), we explored the traditional success metrics that typically focus on our professional lives and the type of compensation we receive at work. In this week’s blog, we will further discuss the right-brained success metrics regarding the Health and Relationships quadrants of The Life Balance Wheel.
As a refresher, this discussion is centered on the idea of using The Life Balance Wheel to establish a benchmark of where you are today with your holistic review of success. To be your best self – as a leader, partner, parent, and human – balance is needed. You may gain access to an automated version of The Life Balance Wheel by sending me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will reply with a link. There is no charge, obligation, or expectation.
Once this part of the metric is completed and you have your results, it is time to ask yourself what it will take to get each item in the Health and Relationships quadrants to a ‘10’.
- Am I as healthy and fit as I have always wanted to be?
- Do I love the way I look?
- Do I sleep well and feel rested?
- Am I happy with the level of stress in my life?
- Do I feel sharp and enthusiastic about each new day?
- Do I feel like I am in control of my life and where I am going?
- Am I happy with my level of spirituality?
- Do I invest the right amount of time in my spiritual growth?
- Are things great with my partner?
- Are my partner and I aligned with where we are going in life?
- Does my partner support my dreams, and do I support my partner’s dreams?
- Are things great with my immediate family?
- Are things great with my extended family?
- Am I having the impact on my family the way that I want?
- Are things great with friends, and do I have as many as I want?
- Do I have friends in my life that I love and trust?
- Am I a great friend to those in my life?
As we go through The Life Balance Wheel sections, I ask clients what it will take for each item to be a ‘10’, why they are not yet there today, and what great would look like in 12 months.
While recording their responses, trends and themes often come into clarity. It is important to understand that all the items listed are typically symptoms of some deeper root cause, or as I call them, “lynch pins”. As we work through the list, I look for the lynch pins that will have a bigger impact on multiple items that we have listed. These lynch pins may involve the following:
- Better sleep
- Time management
- Proactive scheduling
- Time blocking
- Saying “No”
- Clarity time
Once you assess challenges, it is crucial to list them out to evaluate your starting point and to determine which adjustments need to be made. The intention is to create self-awareness of where you are. Then, by identifying issues that are holding you back or taking you off course, you can be proactive in tackling them.
When guiding clients through this portion of the process, we create specific actions steps and their proposed completion dates. Realize that attaining your goal will not happen overnight. It takes time, effort, and awareness, but it is absolutely possible!
Question: How do you climb a mountain?
Answer: One step at a time.
Taking the time to evaluate where you are today and where you want to go in the future will guide you in creating a solid plan to reach your goals.
Do you want to learn how to create a plan to successfully reach your goals? Do you need assistance with figuring out where to start? We can help you with that! Reach out to us today to find out more.