Balancing Life Can Be a Motivational Roller Coaster for Women in Business
For many women in business, our lives are truly about balance between:
· Personal and professional lives
· Business and family
· Significant other and children
· Them and Me
This balance affects our motivation as much as anything else. As a personal branding specialist, stay-at-home-mom, and headshot photographer, I know more than anyone that when we are out of balance, we can quickly lose our motivation and feel that we are riding a motivational roller coaster. The ups and down quickly tire us and our energies are drained as we travel the road to success.
No matter what we call the plates, we all have them. Our motivation to keep them spinning and not falling to the ground consumes a lot of energy both physical and emotional. Being the Super Mom or Super Woman is really a hard role even for the best of jugglers.
What helps is to have a written action plan based upon the 8 aspects of the Life Wheel.
· Ethics & Beliefs (Spiritual)
When each aspect of our life is in balance with the other aspects, our ride forward will be smooth. However, when the various aspects of our life are unbalanced, then our future travels down the path or road to success will be very bumpy indeed. Additionally, each area is counterbalanced by another area.
To improve the balance of the wheel can be achieved through written goals in those areas that make the ride bumpy. By smoothing out those areas will help to ensure that the plates are still spinning in the air and have not fallen to the ground.
So stop reading right now and write a 30 day goal for any of the areas within the 8 Spoke Life Wheel. Maybe your goal is to spend more time with family? Or maybe you want some more quiet time for spiritual or mental growth? Whatever your goal, it will not happen until you think about it, put in into writing and then actively work that goal.
Just think about your everyday written grocery list. You think about what groceries that you need. Next you put it on a piece of paper. Depending upon your shopping habits, you may read the various weekly sales being offered by local grocery stores. Finally, you go to the store with list and even coupons in hand to purchase those items. As you walk each aisle, you are actively working that goal to secure all those necessary purchases. Upon arriving home, you put the groceries away and discard the list. Written goal achieved.
To avoid the motivational roller coaster then does it not make sense to place as much value on your own written action plan for life as you do your grocery list? Of course, you if like the motivational roller coaster, then please continue to that ride. However, what will get you further down the road of success, a lot of highs and lows or a straight path?