How to Find BalanceAug 09, 2021
One particular sunny morning, in graduate school, I was in the cell biology laboratory looking through a powerful microscope.
I recall we were studying Cryptosporidium, which is a leading cause of waterborne disease among humans in the United States.
Looking through that microscope always felt kind of frustrating.
My head seemed like it could never get close enough, and I couldn’t get the eye squint just right to see anything.
But a microscope is an important tool.
A lens to look at things in the tiniest detail.
However, you can’t forget about the telescope.
I remember, as a kid, looking through a telescope at stars in the nighttime sky.
I’m sure I’ll do it with my kids, George and Giavanna, one day.
But a telescope serves a different purpose.
It’s looking out, it’s looking forward.
How to Find Balance
In life you need two lenses, microscope and telescope.
There are times in your faith, fitness, family or finances that you need to look at things in depth.
For me, maybe that's looking at my daily to-do list.
Perhaps it's being mindful about how many calories I consumed, or what exercises I should do in a workout.
In my humble opinion, that microscopic view is only 50% of the equation.
Because it’s balanced out with the broad telescopic lens.
You need to spend some time thinking about why you’re doing what you’re doing.
Your why might be to build your best life.
Or maybe you want to be present with your family.
Perhaps you want to complain less and focus on the positive.
You need to get really clear on what you want success to look like in 12 months.
You need to look at how what you’re doing right now is impacting the future.
It can be daunting to monitor your calories or track your workouts (microscope).
But you always know it’s worth it because those are just baby steps and details that bring you closer to the never-ending pursuit of happiness, hitting your goals, fulfillment, and a healthier life (telescope).
Remember that you need both lenses because they balance each other out.
Take note of which lens you’re looking through right now and decide which one you need to spend more time on.
My humble suggestion is to be present and do what you can today.
Focus on the most basic things that most over-40 men and women overlook.
Make it your best and take it one step at a time, one day at a time.
If you're too busy to focus on fundamentals, watch out.
Maybe you believe that you will be happy only when you achieve the next big thing in your life.
- A better job
- More money
- A new partner
- A better car
- Kids/Grand kids
- A better body
- Going on vacation
But for some reason, the level of happiness you THINK you'll achieve, well, it never really arrives.
Then you go for the next thing.
The ancient Greek philosopher, Epicurus, famously said, "If a little is not enough for you, nothing is.”
But happiness comes from gratitude.
It comes from being grateful.
It comes from believing you have all that you need.
It relieves you from future-based worry.
Write yourself a reminder note and stick it where you can see it every day:
“You are enough, you have enough, you do enough."
And I'll share why I feel this is so important, especially in today's fast-paced society that's filled with whirlwind-paced activities.
Life will always get in the way.
You'll always be "busy" with grownup responsibilities.
- "Gotta get my kids to school."
- "Gotta get my grandkids to school."
- "Work is 'crazy busy' right now."
- "Retirement is 'crazy busy' right now."
- "So tired, with zero energy left at the end of the day."
To speak plainly, after 25+ years of coaching, the successful folks are the ones who are willing to prioritize their health.
Do you want to be "busy" or do you want to be excellent?
Because there is a conflict in your mind.
It's a battle between your desire to be comfortable versus your desire to be outstanding.
And whichever one's the loudest and strongest ends up becoming the thing that dictates your life to you.
What does your body language say about you?
More specifically, what does your actual BODY say about you?
I can tell you, Coach Sharon Arangio's physique says "confident and strong and powerful woman."
Super Mom. ❤️Super Wife. Super Coach. Super Woman.
Sharon practices what she preaches, following the habits of health.
- Positive mindset
- Mindful nutrition
- Smart training
- Quality sleep
- Stress management
I'm proud of her discipline and dedication to lead by example.
Perhaps, like us, you're over the age of 40.
You're a married, professional man or woman with kids and tons of grownup responsibilities.
Perhaps my daily coaching lessons are something that you open and read often.
In your mind you think, "One day, I'd like to finally achieve my goal of losing weight and having more energy."
Maybe you've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to get off of some of your blood pressure medication (with your doctor's approval, of course).
Well, here's your chance to finally create the body you desire and deserve.
Take a minute to share your priority-one goal now.
After that, pick a time to talk with me.
I'll give you a proven plan to follow and guide you every step of the way.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.