How Good is Your Balance?

If trying to maintain balance in your life leaves you feeling like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone.  Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus.  Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and desires.

1:  I achieve a balanced life by nurturing myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  True/False

2:  Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.  True/False

3:  I eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and refuel myself through rest.  True/False

4:  I invest in regular preventive health care and wellness, along with timely treatment of any illnesses.  True/False

5:  I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating, journaling or simply letting my thoughts drift.  True/False

6:  I experience the gifts of each season outside and indoors.  True/False

7:  Creativity nurtures me, too.  I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit.  True/False

8:  Reaching out to others enriches my life.  I spend quality time with family and friends.  True/False

9:  Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose.  I invest my time, energy and experience where it can best serve the Highest Good for all.  True/False

10:  I notice the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance:  irritability, overwhelm and resentment.  I invest my attention and energy in restoring my sense of Wholeness.  True/False

11:  I notice the physical signs of illness.  Realizing I may have stressed my immune system with overactivity or stress, I stop, take care of myself and adjust my perspective and commitments.  True/False

12:  I do not overcommit myself.  I say “no” to additional requests for my time when I realize they will put my mental, physical, emotional or spiritual wellbeing in jeopardy.  True/False

13:  I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables and hot soup.  True/False

14:  If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.  True/False

15:  No matter how busy I may be, I make time for the things that bring me joy and fulfillment.  True/False

16:  My life is a Journey to Wholeness.  I experience deep peace, lasting joy and meaningful relationships.  True/False

If you answered false more often than true, one of the best ways to begin shifting to a greater sense of fulfillment is to identify baby steps that will move you in the direction of better balance.

If you’d appreciate some help getting started, click here to schedule a 60-minute complimentary coaching session.

Author’s content adapted under license, © 2011 Claire Communications

About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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