Thought Provoking Questions to create a Balanced Healthy Lifestyle

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Thought Provoking Questions to create a Balanced Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle consists of eating healthy, getting the right amount of sleep, exercise, spending time looking after yourself, creating a positive mindset and yes having some enjoyment. In a previous post  I wrote ‘If you want to achieve true success in life, you must take steps to ensure you maintain a certain level of balance… spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and financially’. Maintaining your work/life balance is of increasing importance in the busy 21st century. This article is about getting you to ask the right questions so as to begin regaining the balance in your life.

Where to start for healthy lifestyle? No need to look for outside resources and help. Look into yourself and your own resources for healthy lifestyle as they are within your reach, and you have all the knowledge what to do.

It is all too easy to just live from day to day, doing what you have to do. Making the best use of your time just to survive. Probably your career, your job takes up a majority of your time. After all we only have 24 hours in each day.

One day, it may be months or even years down the road you will suddenly wake up to the realisation that your life has been totally out of balance. If this situation is allowed to continue, year after year, the chances are that in time it will affect both your mental and physical health.

Could it be to late by then. If you are not spending time in all the areas of your life what could you lose?.Your business? Health? Family? Friendships?

Living with life is a balancing act, you now need to start managing yourself better, looking after everything and everyone that is important to you.

The following questions are designed to get you to search deep within yourself so that you are aware of the things that you have done well and some of the things that are missing in your life.

Act now before it’s too late! Stop just this once trying to get everything on your job list done, and spend some time looking at YOU! There are so many areas in your life that you need to ask questions about: relationships, friendships, family, careers, children, money, and YOU. Let’s get you focused.

It is not selfish of you to focus some time on important life questions, your well-being needs it. It is time to ask some questions around what is important to you? Take control of your life’s journey.

Let’s start asking the right questions. When was the last time you listened to yourself? You need time to think about what is important to you and how you can listen to yourself. Allow yourself the time to do this.

1. Do I spend quality time with my spouse and children? When was the last time I took my family out? Do I spend time actually talking to my children about their school, things they are doing, what’s important to them and find out how they are managing? How much one to one time do I get with my spouse? Do I show my appreciation? Do I make sure we have those special times together, or do I take them for granted? After all, the people in your life have a right to expect things from you.

2. What Is My Life Purpose? Do I have a clear, detailed vision of exactly where I am going in my life? Have I identified what is most important to me? Do I have a well-defined purpose? Am I on track and focused on achieving my desired goals? Do I say no to things that don’t fit into my vision for my life.

3. What Do Those Most Important to Me Value? What specific needs do my spouse and children expect me to fulfil? Am I spending my time and energy wisely meeting the real needs of the most important people in my life? Do I understand what the most important people in my life want and dedicate myself to meeting their needs? Am I working long hours and travelling far and wide which keep me away from home night after night producing great wealth for my family when all they really want is me home for dinner every night.

4. Have I kept in touch with my friends and made new friends lately? Do I protect and nurture my circle of friends? When did I last phone my friends, or spend time on a night out with them? Am I giving time to myself to meet new friends, developing my circle along my areas of non working interest?

5. How Do I Define Success? Am I clear on what I want to accomplish in my life and what my priorities are? What will success look like when I have achieved it?. Success is unique to every person because it encompasses their life purpose and how they serve those most important to them. How am I going to measure my progress to be sure I am on the right track? What actions that I am taking now are producing the results I desire? What behaviours or habits do I need to eliminate?

6. How Well Do I use My Time? How well am I using my resources (finances, time, talents, etc.) to meet my priorities?

7. How well do I take care of my health and well-being? Am I spending my leisure time drinking at the pub or in the gym following an exercise programme to keep me fit and healthy? Do I eat healthily? Do I drink a sufficient amount of water? Do I take time to eat, or grab a sandwich on the road?

8. What do I appreciate in my life? Do I count my blessings for what I already have? What 10 things am I grateful for in my life right now?

9. Is my job satisfying? On a level of one to 10 (assigning a 10 for maximum satisfaction) how happy am I with my career? Does my work stimulate me? Do I get enough time off to do the other things that are important to me? Am I working in a comfortable environment? Do I earn a satisfactory amount for the time I put in? Is this the job you want to be doing for the rest of your life? If not, what changes do you want to make?

10. Do I manage my personal finance well? Do I keep my spending within my required budget? Am I setting aside an amount each month for rainy days? Do I have control over my expenditure? Do I use my money wisely?

These questions are designed to make you review your current situation and make the necessary corrective action right away How can you make improvements, if you don’t know where you’re going wrong?

STOP and THINK – Just a few thoughtful minutes each day can change the quality of your life.

As Anthony Robbins explains in his book “Giant Steps” questions are the laser of human consciousness.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
2 Comments
  1. SJ January 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Really good questions to make you re-evaluate some of your life choices. I think this has to be my favourite post so far Larry 😀

    I have to admit that I get a little selfish. when you’ve spent years running yourself ragged you have to look at what your true priorities are and what you are achieving from it. Trying to juggle all the balls and fit the pieces doesn’t necessarily work for the benefit of everyone, anyone and least of all you. Finding a work life family friend balance is not easy, sometimes it seems everyone wants a piece of you. I find if I dedicate the time to the things in my life that are important there comes a part of that which I should be saying “you are important, where is your time?”. That’s why I’m selfish, I take a little time out every so often to address the things that matter to me, not necessarily a priority but they help me see clearer, plus I feel more vitalised so it benefits everyone.

  2. Mary Hudak-Collins January 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Your questions are mind provoking, and there were some questions I didn’t particularly care for my answers. I guess we all have to start somewhere. Thank you for bringing this post to print! Surely presents what should be important in one’s life.

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