Where are you today and in what direction are you headed?
The answer to these two questions can really shed some perspective on the current state and direction of your life, putting you in position to make a positive change.
If you’ve read my latest e-book, Stop.Challenge.Choose: 3 Steps Towards Creating Optimal Health, you know that well-being comes in various forms. One facet can be financial security. You may have a sense of great meaning and purpose. Or, if you’re an exercise fanatic, you might be at your physical peak in terms of fitness.
But it is the interdependency of how they affect the other areas that determines your overall well-being.
Remember, these three areas of health–financial health, mental health, and physical health–are all key parameters to determining true optimal health. Some of us focus on our financial success to the detriment of the other areas, working long hours for more pay until we’re burnt out, stressed out, and exhausted. Our relationships may suffer. We may cut ties with friends and family, choosing work over these important personal interactions.
For a life of optimal health, this is probably not the answer. Understanding the balance of these three areas and then making small, daily changes to work toward more balance can create a higher level of overall well-being. You might find that by wasting less time and becoming more efficient at your job you are able to spend more time with your family, to shop for and to prepare healthier meals, or to take up a new hobby. A change like this, for instance, may provide immense benefits to your daily life.
In truth, what we fill our days with is twice as important as any of the other components of well-being. Ask yourself: “Are my weekdays and weekends fairly close in terms of my level of engagement, and am I passionate about what I do for a living?”
Take a step back, think about what you truly desire, and decide how you’re going to get there.
It may be as simple as becoming mindful and making some simple corrections to your dietary choices. Or, it may be as big as starting to look at a different career path.
Take the comprehensive evaluation in my e-book and use these three key areas of health as your guide. Work to strike a balance that works for you.
Once you’ve evaluated your current state, I’d like to hear from you. Where are you today? What can you do to improve in any or all of the three key areas of health?