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How Is Your Life Balance?

In this section of the book Time To Get Real! you will learn that life is spent in the minutes, hours, and days that are yours. How do you spend that time, and where do you spend that time? Does the way you spend your life seem to mirror your interests, joy, values, and relationships? If not, why not?

Life balance means something different to every individual and it is important that you determine what balance appropriately supports your mission, values, and goals. Healthy individuals have multiple sources of satisfaction. Are you regularly engaging in a variety of activities that bring you satisfaction? This is another opportunity to evaluate what is important to spend time on and what activities you need to diminish in your life.

Considering My Current and Future Position

This topic in our book Time To Get Real! encourages you to reflect on where you currently are in your career and where you are headed. Does the current position you hold reflect what you need for your personal strengths and development areas, your values, and your life purpose? If you are unhappy in your current role, we ask you to think about what would your days look like if you had control over them?

Here are some important questions to ask yourself:

• Do I have a “next” position in mind?

• Is my resume up to date and does it appropriately represent my accomplishments?

• Do I have a network that is relevant and active?

• Is my LinkedIn or other social/career media site profile current and am I connecting with people through this platform?

• Before leaving any position, have I asked for what I want where I am? If I can’t get what I want where I am, can I describe as best as possible the next type of job, organization, culture, position, compensation, etc., that I desire?

What Brings Me Joy?

The next chapter after Interests in Time To Get Real! focuses on joy. We ask you to look back on your life and consider what achievements and accomplishments gave the most joy? What was the sense of accomplishment or joy received from them? What are the discernable themes? And what is the importance of focusing on joy or happiness?

According to happiness researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., of the University of California, Riverside, “the benefits of happiness include higher income and superior work outcomes, larger social rewards, more activity, energy, and flow, better physical health, and even longer life.” Dr. Lyubomirsky has found that happy individuals are more creative, helpful, charitable, and self-confident, have better self-control, and show greater self-regulatory and coping abilities.