The 12 Areas Of Life Balance

Updated: Feb 3

You know that time in your life where everything feels "right"? You feel like everything is going well for you and the stars seem to be aligned. Chances are that you have a good amount of balance in all areas of your life, from work to play and everything in between.

Conversely, there are times when we feel that nothing seems to be going our way and it's easy to feel that "life" is against us. It's important in these times to stop and take check of where these areas of unhappiness or stress exist, and put a plan in place to remedy the situation to the best of our ability. There will always be factors that are out of our control, events or situations that affect us negatively. It is in these times that seeking balance is even more crucial, so that we place ourselves in an environment that nurtures us rather than hinders.

Renowned wellness advocate Vishen Lakhiani of Mind Valley has identified 12 Areas Of Life Balance that cover those aspects of your life that most significantly influence your happiness and productivity. Take time to review each area, and give yourself a score out of 10 (1 being low and 10 being high). This isn't a test! You don't need to share these scores with anyone, but it's really good to be completely honest.

1. Love Relationships

This is a measure of how happy you are in your current state of relationship – whether you are single and loving it, in a relationship, dating or desiring a relationship.

Score 1 – 10 =

2. Friendships

This is a measure of how strong a support network you have. Do you have at least 5 people who you know have your back, and you just love being around (mostly!)?

Score 1 – 10 =

3. Adventures

How much time do you get to travel, experience the world and do things that open you up to new experiences and excitement?

Score 1 – 10 =

4. Environment

This is the quality of your home, your car, your office and the general spaces where you spend your time during the day and night (eg: café’s, bars, schools, etc), even when travelling.

Score 1 – 10 =

5. Health and Fitness

How would you rate your health, given your age and any physical conditions?

Score 1 – 10 =

6. Intellectual Life

How much time do you set aside to learn new things, and how fast are you learning? How many books do you read/podcasts do you listen to/tutorials do you watch? How many seminars to you attend yearly? Are you seeking to learn from others?

Score 1 – 10 =

7. Skills

How fast are you improving the skills that make you unique and help you build a successful career, or enjoy a meaningful past time? Are you growing towards mastery or stagnating?

Score 1 – 10 =

8. Spiritual Life

How much time do you devote to spiritual, meditative, or contemplative practices that keep you feeling connected, balanced and peaceful?

Score 1 – 10 =

9. Career

Are you growing, progressing and excelling? Or do you feel stuck in a rut? If you have a business, is it thriving or stagnating?

Score 1 – 10 =

10. Creative Life

Do you paint, write, play music, or engage in other activities that channel your creativity? Or are you more of a consumer than a creator?

Score 1 – 10 =

11. Family Life

How is your relationship with your partner, parents and siblings? If you don’t have immediate family, how is your relationship with your alternate family (dearest friends, extended family)?

Score 1 – 10 =

12. Community Life

Are you giving, contributing and playing a definite role in your community?

Score 1 – 10 =

Consider the areas that have scored less than 5. How is your general level of happiness and contentment affected by these low scoring areas? What steps can you put in place today that will dramatically improve this score?

Take time out a couple of times a year to check how you are going with balance in your life. Also, whenever you are feeling out of sorts, that the world is against you, this is a great exercise to examine what might be out of balance.

To find out more about The 12 Areas Of Life Balance or Vishen Lakhiani, read The Code Of The Extraordinary Mind

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