Craving Balance? Take this Quiz!

Does trying to maintain balance in your life make you feel like a tightrope walker? If so, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy that life can feel like a three-ring circus. I’d estimate that at least 90% of the people I talk with about career transformation want more balance in their lives. Balance means a sense of giving the right amount to time to work, family, friends, and yourself. Balance means not feeling overwhelmed by giving too much time and energy to any one area in life. Balance means taking care of your responsibilities and fulfilling your personal needs and wants, without feeling strained.

Today, I share with you a quiz I found to see how well you are maintaining balance in your life.

 

T = True / F = False

T   F   1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.

 

T   F   2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

 

T   F   3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

 

T   F   4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.

 

T  F   5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.

 

T   F   6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.

 

T   F   7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing, or another creative pursuit.

 

T   F  8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.

 

T   F  9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.

 

T   F  10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.

 

T   F  11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with overactivity, so I stop and take care of myself.

 

T   F  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.

 

T   F  13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.

 

T   F  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.

 

T   F  15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

 

T   F  16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

 

Now count up the number of True’s and the number of False’s. If you answered False more often than True, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered False and see if you can incorporate something of its message into your life.

How’d you do? What steps can you take today to bring more balance into your life?

 

Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications

 

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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?


I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?


Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?


Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?


Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.

LORI ROCKS!!!!!!

Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA