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Life Balance Test
Instructions: Rank how fulfilled you feel in the following seven areas of life. This is a completely subjective assessment. "1" means you do not feel fulfilled in that area; "10" means you are fulfilled.
These areas of life are not listed in order of importance. They are all equal in their ability to affect whether you feel like you are in balance or not. Also, there are no right answers, nor should you compare what you want with what others would want. If you do very little in a given area yet feel fulfilled in that area, rank it a 10. It's your perspective about these areas of life that determines whether or not you feel balanced. Be honest, your score is not stored anywhere.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mental
Physical
Spiritual
Relational
Emotional
Professional
Recreational
Total =
0



Score a 7 and you are seriously out of balance
Interpretation of your score is subjective.

Scoring low in even one area of life can make you feel completly out of balance.


See below...

Score a 70 and you are in perfect balance

When You Are Out of Control,
You Are Out of Balance

Excerpt from the book "No Two People See the Same Rainbow"

by Bill & Joann Truby

See Work-Life Balance for more information



There are seven areas or categories within which you live life. We’ll list them with bullets, and haven’t numbered them because each one has as much importance as another. There is no ranking in this list, and there is no prioritization.

Here are the seven areas of life within which you live and a definition of each:

  • Mental: What gives you mental challenge, what stimulates your mind.

  • Spiritual: The area of life wherein you live out your spiritual beliefs; this can be within the context of religion solely, your connection with a sense of beauty and nature, your connection with life as a whole.

  • Physical: Anything that has to do with your physical well-being—from nutrition to exercise.

  • Relational: Anything that has to do with your relationships with other people from family to friendship to community; the distinction here is relationships with people not with events, tasks, functions or work.

  • Emotional: The ability to be in touch with and express your emotions.

  • Professional: What you do for your work or profession, not necessarily only what you get paid for; this is the place where you exercise your work related or professional related talents.

  • Recreational: Where you re-create yourself; what you do for fun and diversions.

Every one of these areas must be fulfilled for you to feel in balance. But no one can tell you how to fulfill them. Fulfillment is a completely subjective criterion. We know of one person that has to read multiple books a week to have their mental area of life fulfilled. We know of another person who doesn’t read at all but watches a news magazine television show once a week to fulfill the need for mental stimulation and challenge.

These two people are quite different yet each has a personal criteria for fulfillment. If the first person read very few books in a week there would not be fulfillment. Nor could the second person read books to feel fulfilled. We have to follow our own subjective criteria for fulfillment.

You may ask, “Where does our criterion come from?” It comes through the same process that our inner "programs" come from. In essence, you have “program-like” dynamics that surround your criteria. If you use the same processes we talked about in chapter six on finding your programs, you can begin to understand where your criteria came from.

(Note: The book No Two People See the Same Rainbow speaks of "programs" in the context of the subconscious drivers that cause your behavior and attitudes).


What is more important, however, is understanding what your criteria are more than where they come from. Certainly, you can change your criteria by choice anytime you want. But the crucial concept here is this: If any one of these areas is not fulfilled, you will feel out of balance in all areas.


What You Can Do to Obtain Balance

At the core of feeling balanced or not is feeling in control of your life or not. Typically, when a person scores a lower number in one of the seven areas of life, that person feels like they are not in control of that area. The person subconsciously perceives that something or someone has taken away the ability to fulfill that lower scoring area.

For example, if "recreational" scores low, a person may say, "My workload has gotten in the way of my not being able to get away as much as I used to." Notice "work" has taken away the ability to fulfill the recreational area of life.

The key then is to take control back. If you make any decision at all to begin fulfilling a low scoring area, no matter how small the decision or activity, magically, in an instant, you will feel in control again. When you feel in control, you feel more in balance.

There is additional information on our Work-Life Balance page.

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