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The Ideal Illusion - Ending the Myth of the Balanced Life

Aug 17, 2007
"When my life becomes more 'balanced'..."

You've said it more than once, haven't you? Perhaps you feel that this is "your problem", and that by obtaining the ideal balance of a family, career, fitness, hobbies and so-on, you'll be happier.

For most people, this is flat-out not going to happen.

And, for most people, it shouldn't! Why?

Think of a scale that's in balance. Is there movement? Motion? Energy? NO! It is just sitting there doing 'nothing'.

Energy requires a state of temporary but focused "imbalance" -- directed energy toward a specific goal.

The secret? Take the five key areas of your life -- mind, body, spirit, wealth, and your relationships -- and really focus on ONE for a specific period. Say, 60 days. Maybe longer.

Then, shift. Focus on another area. And so-on.

The real key is to just maintain your other four areas while focusing on the one target area. In fact, by putting all of your energies into that one target area, you'll exponentially progress -- and get this:

all your other areas will progress as a result.

This is due to the fact that we are not five separate "areas", but one individual with five centers of power, all working together to form the whole.

As long as you do not neglect the other four areas during your focus time, all five areas will benefit due to The Law of Synergy.

The Law of Synergy states that 1+1=3. We have all heard this: that the sum of the whole is greater than the parts.

The trick is to "maintain" and "push" -- push in one area, maintain in four. Then cycle the areas.

The added strength to the 'whole' organism (which does not happen when you just focus on one area and neglect the others) actually forces the other areas to respond more rapidly to stimulus.

Try it: focus on your body for the next 60 to 90 days while making sure you at least maintain the other areas of your life.

Keep your relationships solid, but do not expand your horizons and distract yourself. Make sure you keep saving the 'same' amount of money you do now -- do not spend more in your focus period.

These are just a few of the strategies you can use.

The result? You will progress more in 90 days than you do in a year or more by trying to 'dabble' here and 'dabble' there.

We are not creatures of dabbling -- we are creatures of intensity.
About the Author
Jon Benson is a nutrition and fitness counselor who specializes in mind/body transformation coaching. He is the creator of M-Power Total Transformation System. More health fitness information is available at http://www.mpowerseries.com/kw/health-fitness.
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