Many times in life you are living your life lacking true meaning and purpose. Suddenly, a day comes when you ask yourself why you are even doing things which you don’t even like. What are you going to achieve at the end of the day after putting up all the hard works? This happens with everyone, at some phase of their life. After getting the answer people realize their mistakes and they start doing things they always felt like doing.
The world has seen people like Jack Ma and Bill Gates setting up their own empire of business. On the contrary, the world has also seen people like Gautam Buddha who quit every materialistic thing just to deliver the message of humanity among human beings. We know them because they did what they had zeal for. From these examples, you can draw two lessons. The first one is, you should understand yourself. The second one is that you must work for yourself, your own set of priorities.
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away all the inessentials.”
I have a personal favourite technique which I am going to share with you today. This technique, shared by Brian Dyson, the former CEO of Coca Cola Company, is about balancing life.
You can imagine your life as a game. You are juggling your life with five different kinds of balls which are work, family, health, friends and spirit. Among the five balls, work is like a rubber ball. Even if you drop it, it will bounce back. Other four balls are made of glasses. If you drop it, it will break and never be exactly the same. So, your life is continuously hovering around these five important aspects.
As an individual, it is absolutely normal to have different priorities. For some of you, your family is your topmost priority. For some others, ‘work’ is more important. That’s fine. Everyone has different priorities. Most of the times, people don’t understand themselves. They do not understand what makes them happy and what things they need in life. After realizing these things, you can set your priorities, accordingly.
It’s true that no one can have a perfect life. In fact you can’t master all five aspects of life. However, you can surely master one of these priorities and juggle with the other four.
Can you go through a self-inspection process and ask yourself where do you stand now in each one of these five aspects of life? Where do you want to head in life with these five aspects in next few years? After you realize this gap between your present state and your future state you can make specific plans and direct actions towards it. Meanwhile, you can also review your progress and adopt corrective actions when needed. You will have to stick with your priorities, anyway. Here is a quote for you by Brandon Sanderson to sum up the main idea of this article.
“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”