7 Pillars to a Balanced Life

Inner Peace
The Willingness to Embrace Your Now…. yoga, meditation, breathing, silence, gratitude, humility, giving and receiving, and present-moment awareness, open-mindedness and detachment.

Thoughts & Beliefs
Your Thoughts Determine Your Reality. Thoughts and beliefs represent the essential tools we all possess; tools to achieve happiness and success, which is of course our birthright. When we are able to realign our mental energy by focusing on the things we want, it will be easier to enjoy the benefits of the other six pillars of success.

Goals and Purpose
Target Your Dreams. As we develop a better understanding of our actions, we will learn to identify bad habits and eliminate them permanently from our lives. We will replace them with worthy goals and aspirations.

Personal Relationships
The Icing on Life’s Cake. Learning to develop and enhance personal relationships can have a positive effect on one’s career. And healthy business relationships can have a supportive and stabilizing effect on one’s personal life. Dating, love, marriage, divorce, business networks, parenting and intimacy.

Financial Freedom
Don’t Work for Money; Make Your Money Work for You. Unlimited abundance is available to anyone who has a decision, a vision, and action. These are three fundamental elements of financial freedom that elude many people. Advice on saving, investing, credit, stocks, real estate, college, banking, spending and market trends.

Health & Fitness
Living Longer, Happier, and More Productive Lives. Nutrition, cardiovascular work, strength training, body work, massage, alternative medicine. anti-aging and improving one’s sex life. The benefits of maintaining one’s health and fitness are many, including reducing one’s stress, increasing one’s energy, achieving greater self confidence, and reaching a higher awareness.

Personal Legacy
The World is a Better Place Because We Exist. When we do what we were made to do, mentoring others and finding volunteer opportunities, we discover that we all have resources to create a personal legacy, using our time, our money, and our ideas. Information on how to give back through charitable donations, involvement in non-profits as a volunteer, and starting one’s own business with the intention of giving something of value back to society.

Breakdown = Breakthrough

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We’ve all had those low points in our lives that we will never forget. You hit rock bottom. Nothing seems to be going right. You reflect and ask yourself all the relevant questions. You sleep and sleep until you’re sick of sleeping. Whatever you are going through, it is not your life’s design to be in pain or to struggle. You are not being punished for your past mistakes. You are at a reflection point. It is time to step up and make some changes.

First, let’s make something clear… YOU are the biggest obstacle to moving forward. Your situation has not created this breakdown, you have. You are not a victim. The small decisions you’ve made over the past few years have led you to this point. This did not come out of nowhere. There were signs that were ignored and steps that were not taken. The good news is that if you represent the biggest obstacle, you also represent the greatest solution. You are in control of everything that happens next.

You’ve dwelled on the situation long enough now. Stop thinking about why things are the way they are. The “why” is no longer important. You will figure out the why along the way. The “how” is the only thing that counts… there is nothing else. How are we going to get past this? How are we going to achieve our great breakthrough? It is not going to happen overnight but it is going to happen. Clarity is coming. Clarity is the answer to the breakthrough. Clarity is one of the greatest rewards to our struggles… it is the answer to our how.

First, you must define what you want out of life. You must be able to see your target. If there is no clarity, there is no desire. This will be our toughest task. What do you want? Seems simple, but ask a few people. You’ll notice right away most people have not taken the time to define this for themselves. You’ll hear many vague answers listing happiness, material goods and other nice things. These vague answers lack passion. The most successful people will give you many details and specifics about their vision. You’ll actually feel the passion. Isn’t that what we all want from life, passion with a purpose? That is what is going to make you excited about doing things and working hard. In order to find your purpose, you’ve got to define some important things that will drive your action. When you are able to answer the following questions with clarity, you will be unstoppable…

What are 3 things I want to accomplish?
What have I always been afraid to do?
What would I do if I could not fail?
What are 2 qualities of the people I would like to surround myself with?
What are 2 things that excite me?
What are 2 things I would like to change about myself or my life?
What are 2 qualities I want people to remember about me?

Each one of these questions represents a target for several areas in our lives. Success comes as a result of having clarity in each of the 7 pillars of a balanced life. Finding clarity to these questions will create your breakthrough.

After some reflection, you will have your target. Now, take action. Get outside and away from your constant surroundings. Take a mini vacation and make sure to bring a journal. Formulate your reflections into three new goals that you will begin to work on. Expand upon your thoughts and your new goals. List all the activities you are going to do upon your return to help you reach those goals. Find books, resources and networks in line with your goals. Rekindle old friendships, exercise and do some spring cleaning. Get rid of the clutter and organize. Your outside environment is a reflection of your inner struggles. Go out and run. Many new ideas and breakthroughs can be found during running or exercise. Breakthroughs often come as a result of a new environment or new action.

It will take some time but focus and believe. You will create new goals that will drive you forward. Painful times lend us motivation and allow us to focus on the changes we need to create our breakthrough. Make no mistake, there is a major breakthrough within you. You are stronger, smarter and more dedicated than you think. Let’s take this anger and fuel that we have and launch a rocket with it.

BetterSelf tips for achieving a breakthrough;
Realize that you are the solution
Change your thinking from “why” to how”
Find your “target” by getting specific with your goals and ideals
Get away from constant surroundings and reflect
Get physical and clean up your inner and outer environment
Take action on your goals everyday