Keep Your Balance

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We need to talk about balance in our lives. As we go about our daily living, we need to make plans as to where we want to go and work hard at where we are now. We need to ensure we take time to take care of ourselves and of those around us. I am sure some will automatically say the easy answer of ‘Roger that Sergeant.’ Unfortunately, to do this is going to take work on your part, and each of us who go out daily and face our lives head-on.

The first thing we have to do is get our heads on straight. Combing our hair or shaving are just minor points. We need time each day to look inside of ourselves and understand what we really want to do, how others perceive us, and how we can do better for both ourselves and those who surround us. This takes time. It also requires a willingness to take an honest look at ourselves to understand what we do right, and what we should be doing better. After all, the number one person in charge of you is no one other than the person in the mirror.

You need to consider yourself first, or else you will have nothing to give to anyone else, for you will slowly and utterly deplete. Don’t just eat, eat to fuel your mind, body, and objectives. Don’t just consider what you want to do, find what you want to do for yourself and those others around you. Don’t just plan, plan the ways to make them happen. This way, when you step out in front of your family, friends, coworkers, and customers, you will find that things will start to run a bit smoother. This is because you took the “you” time.

In our days of being pushed from here to there with emergencies and needs everywhere we look, even the idea of balance seems to be an idea of somebody on a tight wire with a long pole and walking along. It does not have to be like that. Keep your core calm and well-maintained. Face each demand as it comes, and remember that you do not have to be absolutely everything to absolutely everyone. We need to stay humble and realize what is and is not within our realm of possibilities.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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