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Chapter 9. The Balance Hand > SUCCESS CARD 41: Address Anxieties

SUCCESS CARD 41: Address Anxieties

The search for balance in your life could be one of the reasons you're reading this book. Something seems out of whack. You're not happy with where you are or what you're doing, and you're struggling to find meaning and fulfillment in your life or career. Your work could be stressful because of a recent layoff, reorganization, or increase in competition. You've been asked to take on more work to cover the departure of others. You're putting in longer hours than normal to keep your job secure. And if you're not part of the traditional workforce, you're probably juggling children's schedules, a household, and community involvement. The gutters need cleaning, healthy meals are a rarity, and you lie awake at night thinking of all the things that still need to be done. You're craving balance, serenity, and direction.

It is difficult to achieve complete balance in life. It never fails: As soon as one part of your life starts to go well, another part becomes a challenge. Balance remains an objective we all desire, and you don't want your next move to throw what little balance you have into a tailspin. Anxiety can result from external forces. Is your life being consumed by overscheduling, too much clutter, toxic relationships, or overwhelming family responsibilities? Anxiety could stem from something internal. Perhaps your physical health is not good because of poor eating habits or inactivity. Anxiety itself has been linked to ailments from heart disease to immune system disorders. You could be engaged in unhealthy self-talk, your head filled with thoughts of failure or self-doubt. Anxiety could also result from doing too many things that don't mesh with what you value. You could be spending too much time on activities that aren't important to you but not enough on goals about which you're passionate.


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