How My Journey Toward Work-Life Balance Began

In How to Define Work-Life Balance?, I shared my belief, from personal experience, that work-life balance is a journey, not necessarily a destination.

I’ve been on this journey to achieve greater balance in my life and work since 1999, thanks to an older man I knew from church, who sought me out one day.

He’d been an executive coach for years, helping hundreds of men and women grow their businesses, achieve their dreams, and find true success in all areas of life.  Now, he said, he felt led to tell me all he knew about living a life of success and significance – if I desired to hear it and put it into practice.

Something told me that I needed to hear what he had to say, so I said yes.  He’s been a coach and mentor for me for over 10 years now.  He’s inspired me to make an intentional effort to live the life I want instead of just letting life happen to me.

Before he began coaching me, I hadn’t really given much thought to living “on purpose” – I just let things happen as they came my way.  Didn’t everybody?

I learned later that the answer to that question is No – successful people don’t just let life happen, they make it happen.

Over time, he showed me some specific strategies that would help me…

  • Get the most out of life and live to my full potential.
  • Help me accelerate the achievement of the goal and dreams that were most important to me, with the people who were most important to me.
  • Invest what I’m learning in the lives of others.

Best of all, he showed me how to live a life free of regret, and that has been a gift of immeasurable value.

As I close out this post, let me ask you the same question my coach asked me when we first met:

If I could show you some proven ways you can know your life’s purpose, accelerate the achievement of your dreams and goals, and be a success in all areas of life, would that be of interest to you?

If your answer is yes, subscribe to my RSS feed (if you haven’t already), so you won’t miss any of the strategies that he shared with me, that I’ll be sharing here at Life Compass.

Next time, I’ll tell you my real motivation for pursuing a balanced life.

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