Chapter 10

Learning to Live a Balanced Life

Four dimensions can describe a healthy and balanced life. These are mental, physical, spiritual, and social. By exercising all four aspects on a regular basis, you will improve your life and your general outlook toward work and your purpose. However, this will require time and proactivity.

The single most powerful investment that you can make in finding your purpose is an investment in yourself. You are the instrument of your performance, and if you want to be effective, you need to recognise the importance of taking the time to exercise and sharpen your life.

The Physical Dimension

This dimension involves making sure that you are taking care of your physical body by eating right, exercising, relaxing, and getting enough rest. Exercise is an extremely important activity. While it is not urgent, most people wish they did not have to do it and

give it a low priority. For many, we simply believe that we do not have enough time to exercise, which is itself a distorted paradigm. Exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes a day is really not much if you take into consideration the numerous benefits that you will gain from the physical activity.

Spiritual Dimension

We are spiritual beings that have an inclination toward a higher being. The spiritual dimension forms the core and the center of your commitment to your value system. It is a private and vital area of your life. It draws upon the resources that uplift and inspire you toward awakening your purpose.

Meditation is one of the fundamental exercises of the spiritual dimension. It helps to strengthen, renew, center and reaffirm your commitment to serve. These are the same things that you need if you want to live your purpose. Nature has a way of bequeathing its own unique blessings to those who immerse themselves in it.

The Mental Dimension

Formal education provides you with discipline and mental development. However, the moment you leave this external discipline of school, many tend to let our minds sink into atrophy. We tend to avoid engaging in serious reading, and the passion for exploring new subjects dies away. We no longer think analytically, and we don’t write as creatively as we used to.

Continuing education is important because it hones and expands our minds. To be a proactive and purposeful individual, you need to find as many ways to educate yourself and train your mind as possible. Reading good literature will give you access into the best minds of authors and philosophers. You can set a goal to read one book a month and increase it as you learn to read faster. Remember, a person who does not read is no better off than the person who cannot read.

The Social Dimension

The social dimension focuses on the interpersonal relationships, creative cooperation and empathic communication with those around you. Since your emotional and social life is manifested through your relationships with others, they are often tied together. Renewing our social dimension does not take as much time as the other, and it can be done on a daily basis through our interactions with others.

The true joy in life comes from being used for a purpose that you are totally aware of. Aim to be completely used up by the time you come to the end of your time.

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