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Have you heard having a GPS for your life?

Have you ever experienced getting lost in the middle of the place and don’t know where to go next?

How about, being irritable and distracted for the day because of the opportunities being offered to you and the responsibilities being added to your job and you don’t know what to do next?

Since Novem­ber, the project I am work­ing on, in the com­pa­ny was on hold because of the bud­get con­straints. To make it sim­ple, it’s like a life with­out a pur­pose. Going to the office with noth­ing to do.

After a few weeks, oppor­tu­ni­ties opened from dif­fer­ent teams. But still, I haven’t found yet which one is for me.

For some, it may be ridicu­lous to be choosy and I know you may not agree with it. But I know what I want.

I know where I am head­ing to, what I will do for this sea­son of my life and what path I am keen tak­ing on for this time.

Being choosy in the job you will take is not bad, nei­ther good. It is bet­ter. It allows you to accept those oppor­tu­ni­ties you think will help you to move for­ward while hav­ing a bal­anced life.

When I say “bal­anced life”, it is not the work-life bal­ance. It is absolute­ly a dif­fer­ent thing.

A bal­anced life does not spend time pro­por­tion­ate­ly to each cat­e­go­ry of your life. What are those cat­e­gories? It could be your:

  • Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty
  • Fam­i­ly
  • Career
  • Own Life
  • Wife/Partner
  • Sib­lings
  • Rel­a­tives
  • Min­istry
  • Sons/Daughters

I don’t believe in work-life bal­ance too and you might not agree with me but it’s okay. They say it pro­motes the holis­tic wel­fare of the employ­ees but rather it makes employ­ees stay longer in the office.

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I learned from the book “Liv­ing For­ward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drift­ing and Get the Life You Want” by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy, that hav­ing a bal­anced life is giv­ing atten­tion and resources to each cat­e­go­ry of your life. Some cat­e­gories of your life will not get equal time, some have the large por­tion and some have lit­tle but all are get­ting atten­tion, mov­ing for­ward with the inten­tion­al out­come.

You give the large por­tion of your time to the cat­e­gories that mat­ter more. You can’t spend the equal time to each cat­e­go­ry of your life. Some give the most of their time to their work or busi­ness­es but their well-being suf­fered. Or their mar­riages failed.

I’ve been a worka­holic for 3 years when I was work­ing for oper­a­tions. I can’t get enough amount of sleep because there will be peo­ple who will call you from time to time. There will be prob­lems you need to solve with­in allot­ted time even you are out­side of work­ing hours already. That’s stress­ful. My health dete­ri­o­rat­ed because of it.

Not today. I feel more empow­ered because of those enslav­ing expe­ri­ences. You can­not serve two mas­ters at the same time. As much as pos­si­ble, you want to serve God first and take con­trol of every­thing, but most of the time, we become slaves of our career or mon­ey.

And how to avoid that? By hav­ing a GPS for your life. If you use a mobile app like Uber, Grab to book a car to pick you up and bring you to your desired des­ti­na­tion, that app uses GPS.

You put your des­ti­na­tion and the GPS mea­sures how long will you trav­el, what way should you take and what are the road­blocks you are going to face.

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Like­wise in life. You have plans for your orga­ni­za­tion, for your busi­ness but do you have plans for your life?

Do you know where you are head­ing to?
What do you want to become in the com­ing years?

Com­pare GPS to your life. With­out putting des­ti­na­tion, it won’t get you there.

Your jour­ney with GPS is not always per­fect. There will be traf­fic, acci­dent etc. Like­wise in life but what mat­ter is, even it will take you slow­ly, it will make you able to reach your des­ti­na­tion.

Per­haps, start hav­ing the GPS for your life next year. What are you wait­ing for? Posi­tion your­self for the next year and make it a mean­ing­ful and pur­pose­ful year. Start set­ting goals, and live for­ward!

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I blog about my dis­cov­er­ies and learn­ings with per­son­al devel­op­ment, blog­ging, writ­ing, pub­lic speak­ing, and pub­lish­ing. I am a Jesus fol­low­er. Each month, I send out a newslet­ter with free tips on those top­ics.

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