I believe that each one of us is searching to find a balanced life. Unfortunately, perfection is nearly impossible as life is constantly in motion. I think we will have much better results when we learn to prioritize and live intentionally.
I don’t know about you, but prioritizing the things that are important can be a challenge. I am fairly certain about what is most important. It is choosing to focus on what I have determined to be important and following through that creates the difficulty. We have to be intentional about sticking to the priorities we set.
I have found that there are three worthy aspects of my being that need attention in order for me to be a good wife, a good mother, a good friend, and a good community member. My priorities revolve around the positive essence of my spirit, my healthy body, and my ever-expanding mind.
I have learned and grown over the past decade and found a few things that have worked for me to create contentment in each of these three areas of my life. I’d like to share them with you.
I feel the spiritual pillar is the foundation of my life. I believe that God is the creator and I am His creation. I want to glorify and honor Him each and every day. This is one part of my life that is crucial to everything I do, so I want to start off giving thanks and looking for guidance to navigate all that I encounter each day. Here are a few things that are part of my daily routine:
- Read scripture each day. In 2016, I will finish reading the bible for the second time. It is so revealing and provides a road map for my journey. I have a planner book that indicates the books and chapters for each day.
- Read or listen to a daily devotion. Ironically, what I read seems to apply to what is taking place in my life at that time. I like The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren as well as Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
- And most important, spend time with God through prayer. I have a prayer wall with requests and praises. My goal is to pray as though what I desire has already happened. The other important part of my prayer time is to ask God for direction and to have faith in uncertainty.
The body is a miraculous soul-case that must be taken care of in order to have true peace in life. Unfortunately, many people don’t see the importance of their health until it is jeopardized. One important thing to consider is that your health affects everyone in your circle. Make sure to attend to your physical wellbeing every day. Here are a few things that are part of my daily routine:
- Exercise with a combination of strength and cardio training. I attend a semi-private strength training class three days per week with cycling, running and/or swimming on two or three other days. Every so often, I can make time for a yoga session. Exercise does your body good.
- Journal food along with balancing your intake of carbohydrates, protein and fat. What is working well for me is for 35 percent of my calories to come from each carbs and protein and 30 percent coming from fat on a daily basis.
- Get enough sleep each day. So many underestimate the importance of giving our bodies adequate rest. Seven hours works well for me.
The mind is the part of our being that controls everything that takes place in our extraordinary body. I believe that applied knowledge and personal growth are the keys to what we are intellectually becoming. Whether we are working towards goals, dreams, or our purpose, our daily attention to growth is imperative to make progress. Here are a few things I do regularly:
- Have a written plan for goals on an annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily basis. More importantly, I assess and adjust goals continually.
- Be a sponge for specific information as it relates to my goals. Become the expert in my field by soaking up relevant knowledge. I do this by reading or listening to an audio book regularly.
- Ask questions every day. My mentor and friend John Maxwell wrote a book entitled Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. It is an awesome resource, but a more powerful concept. Just think about the doors than can be opened when we take an encounter with just about anyone and ask probing questions. One of my favorites is, “What is one of the most important lessons you have learned to date?” Give it a try sometime.
Take the time to attend to the three foundational tenets of whole-being wellness. You will never regret it. If you talk yourself out of it, you may never know what might have been.
Patti Kadkhodaian owns AJAKO, an embroidery and promotional product company in Peachtree City. John Maxwell certified, she also adds value through coaching, workshops and speaking. Contact Patti at 678 472 1199 or email@example.com or visit her websites www.ajako.net and www.pattik.net.
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