I consider myself a creative person and while it enriches my life, I pay for it with time, energy, and anxiety. Find Your Balance Point by Brian Tracy and Christina Steintries to help not only lower that price but give you an even better return on it.
The authors lay out incredibly straightforward, digestible steps and exercises designed to get you started on this journey. It’s a self-help book, so there is a fair amount of positive reinforcement layered throughout and it can come off corny at times, but that’s to be expected. Beneath the good vibes, their thesis sounds so incredibly simple and brilliant that it lands just like common sense:
Each person experiences true balance when she is operating at her own unique balance point.
So when you’re balanced, you’re balanced? Might not make a lot of sense at first glance, but the key word is “unique”. They don’t try to tell you there is one way to be productive, one way to organize your projects, and one way to lower your stress with deep breathing intervals. What Tracy and Stein attempt is to give you a workbook that allows you to design the process that works best for you and you only.
At this point in time, we have never before seen access to grow creatively, do any number of things we’ve always dreamed of, or turn the page and start an entirely new life. The internet connected us to unlimited amounts of information and like-minded people, which on one hand is amazing, but on the other hand is overwhelming. Sometimes the first step is finding out which of the innumerable things we dream of doing is really our true passion and building out our life from there. Once you’re there and everything else is directly connected or in support of that goal, that’s when you’ve found your balance point.
This book may not be the golden ticket to the nirvana you’re seeking in a currently hectic life, but it will undoubtedly give you some tips that will aid you along the way.
Find Your Balance Point is a quick read and I would recommend reading it through once, then going back and actually doing the exercises. That way you have a greater understanding of the goal and structure without being bogged down in worrying if you did the last assignment correctly.