Balancing Your Purpose

Hey guys! I want to share something with you I’ve been learning lately–it’s helping me a lot!

I’m learning that I need a balance between three states of activity: Learning, Creating, and Enjoying.

blog image 8Receiving, Giving, and Appreciating.

The less balanced those are, the more stressful my life. When I’m experiencing too much of one kind of “purpose,” I find myself asking, “What’s the point?”

The more balanced they are, the happier I am. When I learn, create, and enjoy in balance, I feel fulfilled.

Has anyone else experienced this?

I know what it’s like to learn, learn, learn–never give back, never enjoy. It feels rather self-centered after a while. What’s the point of learning, after all?

I know what it’s like to create, create, create–never learn, never enjoy. Pretty soon you feel like a hypocrite. If you cannot experience the fruit of creations, how can you believe yours will be of value to anyone?

I know what it’s like to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy–never learn, never create. It feels good for a minute, but give it a day, a week, a month, a year. Soon the pleasure becomes a void of purposelessness–torture.

When I begin feeling stressed, it is usually because I am not being who I want to be. When I feel like I am not being who I want to be, I usually realize I have been forgetting to receive, forgetting to give, or forgetting to appreciate.

When I bring them back into balance, I feel the weight of selfishness, hypocrisy, and pointlessness lift from my shoulders. And I feel the energy to live what I believe.

I have been learning to lead myself purposefully, keeping in balance receiving, giving, and appreciating–learning, creating, and enjoying.

How about you? What have you learned about finding balance in your daily activities?

Author: Peter Elbridge

I am a lifelong learner and avid reader, which translates into doing smart work for myself, my team, and my clients. I have a passion for effective leadership and an even bigger passion for helping others do and feel better. I have a lot of experience in communication, public speaking, and writing. Above all, I have a deep and genuine care for every life I touch. That's why I write. (My opinions and endorsements are my own and do not represent my employer.)

2 thoughts on “Balancing Your Purpose”

  1. Absolutely I have felt out of balance and I think you have summed it all in a fantastic fashion here.

    I believe creativity is the hub, that is our natural state.

    Make your life about building people and creating positive experiences for others and rarely will you feel out of balance…

    I enjoyed your post

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    1. Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your input! And I agree–obviously all three are important (learning, creating, and enjoying), but when I see someone feeling unfulfilled and purposeless, more often than not they’re missing an outlet for their creativity. Most people have never even put much thought into what they’re contributing to life.
      Thanks, again, for commenting!

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