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Bronco Riding,
Fence Jumping
And Other Tricks To
Finding Balance
Learning Outcomes
• Identify the elements in your life that are in
(and out) of balance.
• Learn key strategies for increasing balance.
• Feel more control over life’s imbalances.
Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your
balance you must keep moving.
—Albert Einstein
Balance: What the heck is it?
1. A weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam
horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center,
with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of
which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in
the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is
level and motionless.
Balance: What the heck is it?
2. A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation
of all forces by equal opposing forces.
Balance: What the heck is it?
3. The power or means to decide.
What are the obstacles that get
in our way of being balanced?
Are you a human being…
Or are you a human doing?
Doing Your Life is…
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Checking things off a list
Going to meetings
Preparing dinner
Driving to work
Helping with homework
Creating care plans
Exercising
Ruminating about everything
Being in Your Life is…
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Connecting with your values
Not getting hooked into what is unimportant
Seeing the beauty in the mundane
Breathing deeply
Saying “no” and saying “yes”
Extending your heart
Recognizing gifts
Tuning in
Balance is finding the sweet spot
between the doing and the
being.
To Be (Balanced) or Not to Be (Balanced)—
That is the question!
Life Balance Wheel
Fun &
Recreation
Career
Financial
Health
Spirituality
Personal
Development
Physical
Environment
Romance
Physical
Health
Friends/
Family
Work Balance Wheel
Budget/Finance
Meetings
Paper Work/Regulations
Peers/Boss
Professional
Development
Environment
Other
Patients/
Families
Downtime
How balanced are you?
Complete your Life Balance Wheel
Assessment
• Identify the two areas that you’re most
satisfied.
• Identify the two areas that you’re least
satisfied.
Satisfaction
• Reflect on the two areas in which you are most
satisfied.
• What do you do to achieve a high level of
satisfaction in those areas?
• What would change for you if you became
dissatisfied in those areas?
I can’t get no satisfaction
• Reflect on the two areas in which you are least
satisfied.
• What contributes to that level of dissatisfaction?
• What would change for you if you became satisfied
in those areas?
Think of a moment in your life when you felt
completely balanced. What exactly was
happening? What were you doing and how were
others involved? How did you feel?
Your Sphere
• Of the things that contribute to your imbalance,
what do you have control, influence or no control
over?
• Record on your Sphere of Influence.
Sphere of Influence
Control
Influence
No control
Results
• What surprises you?
• What doesn’t surprise you?
• What occurs to you as you look at your Sphere?
Yes and No
Write down your responses:
• What do you need to say no to in order to achieve
more balance?
• What do you need to say yes to in order to achieve
more balance?
• What will happen if you don’t say yes or no to those
things?
Balancing Acts
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Breathe
Walk, move
Eat, drink, sleep
Stand up/Sit down
Plan an unplanned day
Do the unexpected
Connect with someone you
wouldn’t
• Connect with someone important
to you
• Play
• Ask for what you need
• Laugh, giggle, chuckle, chortle
• Enlist a balance team (massage
therapist, manicurist, spa, friend)
• Leave town
• Electronic fast
• Slow down
• Remember what is important
• Disregard what is unimportant
• Use your Sphere of Influence
Commitment
Write down one thing you’re committing to for the
next 30 days to help you achieve more balance.
What do you need from your team mates to help you
achieve balance?
We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining
equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within
ourselves.
—Francis J. Braceland

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