As with other self-help and teaching tools, my experience has taught me that in achieving Real Balance there is a formula to follow. I call my formula the Five F-Words. Now, you may think that an F is a terrible grade, a sign of failure. Some people even think every F-Word is dirty. I’m here to tell you that those five F’s – Fitness, Family, Friends, Finances and Faith - when treated in balance, are instead a recipe for a fulfilling, rewarding life. A life of Total Prosperity.
It is far simpler to analyze, now, the reason for my burnout, than it was in those horrid first moments when I suffered from it. Simply stated, I had achieved significant early success in business, and I craved the adrenaline rush that reaching self-imposed goals created. So I kept moving the bar higher, and the adrenaline rushes fueled the next round. But in trying to reach those goals, I was ignoring the elements that compose the five F’s. I had little or no time for family or friends, shunned physical and recreational activities, and abandoned my faith. As I became a success in business, I became a failure in all other aspects of my life.
What I also didn’t know was that burnout was lurking in the shadows. And like the proverbial horror movie, when it jumped out to seize me, it was my worst nightmare come true.
In the following pages, I will guide you through the methods I use in achieving Real Balance, and more importantly, maintaining that precious balance. For me, that balance restored my zest for life, gave me hope for the future, and gave me a renewed feeling that I was in control. If these methods do the same for you, then my purpose will have been served. As I told a friend recently, “I’ve spent much of my life building homes. I want to spend the rest of my life building people.” But before we look at the Five F’s, each the topic of its own chapter, I’d like to share some my life experiences with you, and the story of moving my own life from Burnout to Balance.
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