Work/Life Balance: Are You in Control?

work & life balanceWork-life balance is a broad concept including proper prioritizing between career and ambition on one hand, compared with pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development on the other.

As the separation between work and home life has diminished, this concept has become more relevant than ever before. Related but broader terms include “lifestyle balance” and “life balance”.

I don’t know why so many articles on life/work balance seem to focus on people who suddenly decide they’ve had it with working all the time and within one hour quit their job, buy a yacht or a jet, grab their family or their best friends or their dog and travel the world for a year or two. They then get touted as the role model for the rest of us who either like our work, can’t leave right now, or just want to enjoy life at home. Besides, being in balance is more than just what you do with your time, it’s also how you feel and think all of the time.

The reality is that wherever you go, you take yourself with you. I can go to the woods for a week to meditate, but if I’ve never meditated, or gained some inner peace or learned to be happy with who I am rather than what I do, I’ll go up to the woods and count the minutes until I can leave or find some way to distract myself from myself.

American Income Life Executive VP - Rob Falvo

American Income Life Executive VP - Rob Falvo

Life balance is more than how we spend our time; it’s also how we feel about that time and how present we are each moment. It doesn’t always take one major event to want to change or to know something is not right for you. It’s often a series of things. It is something you need to “feel” and understand.

Our business at American Income Life, both at the Sales and Management/Leadership levels, constantly challenges us when it comes to balance. The great thing about the opportunity AIL offers is that any sacrifices you make in the present ALWAYS pay off with increased income in the future but most importantly, more time. It has been 25 years since I joined American Income Life and what I have seen this company provide in the area of “Quality of Life” for so many people that were willing to learn the art of “Time-Management” and “Goal Setting” is amazing!

Take an assessment of what you do and how you live your life. As you assess your life, if you find any areas that you don’t like, make a conscious choice to change and be open and willing to try a new way. Don’t wait, start today.

Remember: “Work hard and play hard. But don’t confuse the two.

May God Bless You.

About Mark Ting

Mark Ting is a Staff Writer at Torchmark Corporation, writing about American Income Life and National Income Life Insurance Companies. Google+

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