This life balance theory was shot down in flames
There's a life-balance theory that is currently popular called the Four Burners theory.
Have you heard of it?
The theory goes like this. Your life is like a stovetop where you have four burners: One for work, friends, family and health. And in order to be successful in life, you have to turn off one of the burners. And to be highly successful in life you have to turn off two burners.
So, which two will you choose to turn off?
There is no good answer for any of us with this theory. And that's one reason why I think the Four Burners theory is a load of bull-oney.
Sure there are lots of examples of people who are successful at work while ignoring their health and their family.
But that is not how I choose to define success. I don't see it as a trade off or that I must give up something important to achieve it.
That's the key that many people don't get. They look to others for how they define success and adapt it as their own.
This is a dangerous practice that will lead to disappointment for most people.
I believe that true success can only be defined by you.
It's important that we rid ourselves of how our culture defines success. Instead think of those things that fill you with passion, matter most to you in life and get you jumping out of bed in the morning.
That's how you define your success.
And, if something is important enough to you, then you will find a way to make it happen and incorporate it into your life.
I've concluded that the Four Burners theory is for those who need an excuse for not living life to the fullest.
How will you choose to live yours?