Life is about Balance

Hilary Steel – Co-Founder of LEGACY – National Women’s Conference

In order to lead a fulfilled life, you need balance. If you concentrate solely on one aspect, such as your career then other areas such as your home life are likely to suffer. I believe that in order for my own life to be in balance I need to focus on three areas;

  • Income – there is a certain amount of money that I need to live my life in the way I want to. If I don’t have enough, I can’t do the things I want to
  • Lifestyle – I enjoy life, and certainly do not make it all about work. This is important to me as I like to pursue other ventures and adventures that aren’t connected to my professional life
  • Giving back – If I can help someone achieve their goals or inspire people to take action with positive consequences it makes me feel alive!

If these three things are in balance, I am happy. If one goes off the rails, the other two will eventually suffer. Finding balance in your life can be tricky. You need to know what it is that would create the desired harmony. I spent a number of years totally out on sync and realise now what action I needed to take to be where I want to be. I now work less hours, but achieve more and have discovered that my hobby of cooking is becoming a lot more interesting and taking me to new places I never dreamed would happen. Can you imagine what it would feel like to jump out of bed every morning with a sense of childlike enthusiasm for what the day will bring? In my opinion, this is definitely something worth exploring, how you can create each day as you would like yet keep your own reasons aligned.

Have you ever dipped your toe outside your comfort zone? If you kept on then you will know what it feels like to become comfortable feeling uncomfortable. How rewarding was it when you achieved what you set out to do? The desire to want to repeat this feeling is addictive. As a child, my Mum told me, ‘there’s no such word as can’t’, she taught me to push boundaries and push myself beyond what I thought was possible. When things didn’t quite go to plan, she would pick me up, dust me off and send me back out to try again, only this time, to try in a different way.

I have learned a lot over the past few years from people who are professionals in their own arenas. Each person has taught me something new, either directly or indirectly. I, in turn, have been able to impart some of this learning on to other people and watched them flourish. This is the third area important to my own sense of balance.

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Some people will always be happy having something to moan about and will easily find excuses as to why things aren’t going to plan and then point blame at that reasoning. Justifying it to themselves seems to make it OK. I feel for people who have this attitude to life, such a waste. Yes life can throw you curve-balls, but it’s how you respond to them that can change the outcome. A number of years ago, I learned an extremely valuable lesson, one that has had such a HUGE impact on me both personally and professionally. COLLABORATION is a way to make things happen. Working alongside like-minded people, sharing ideas and supporting each other helped me find my own balance much more quickly than I would have done on my own. This is why I am thrilled to be hosting LEGACY as I also know that I will learn not only from the inspiring Keynote speakers and presenters, but also, I will learn a lot from the attendees. The fact that it’s an interactive weekend excites me. If you would like to be part of something special then click on the link and join me on a weekend that will change all others….

 

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