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Motivation and Life Balance Go Hand In Hand

Have you lost your motivation to get healthy inside and out?

Is your life out of balance?

No matter what we use as criteria when it comes to experiencing balance in our lives, we have certain needs that need to be filled throughout our lives and the more balanced our fulfillment of these needs, the smoother our boat will sail and the closer to balance we will get. The ability to stay consistently motivated and focused on our goals is directly tied to our ability to balance the various areas of our lives.


Maslow called it a hierarchy of needs

Anthony Robbins called it a wheel

I call it alignment.

Whatever we call it, it all comes down to balance. If our life is not in balance then we are in trouble.

Self actualization (morality, creativity, problem solving learning, lack of prejudice and acceptance of facts)

Esteem (self esteem, confidence, respect) 

Love and belonging (friendship, family and intimacy) 

Safety (security of body, health, family, property, employment, resources and morality) 

Physiological (breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion)

Everyone can rank these in a different order of importance. At the same time, we may each rank them differently at different times in our lives. What is certain? If one of the above is lacking and another is over emphasized, then we are out of balance.

Anthony Robbins does an exercise with a wheel representing career, physical, spiritual and financial. We have to rank each by “how it is going.” Visually we are able to see, for example, that we are doing great financially and physically, but perhaps not spiritually or career-wise. If we are out of balance, our wheel will not roll.

I call it alignment and it’s similar to what happens with our car tires. If one part of our life (wheel) is flat or overinflated, the car that is our life will not run well. We will have trouble steering and may end up in a ditch when one wheel blows out as we try to speed to our destination. Nutrition is the chassis all the wheels are attached to. The wheels consists of relationship, spirituality, career and physical activity.

The truth is, we can fix what we eat.  We can eat more greens and get rid of processed foods, but if we don’t take care of the other areas of our life, we will still not experience balanced health and happiness. You can be completely healthy with your diet yet still feel imbalanced. Being imbalanced often manifests as feelings of disconnection, a lack of motivation, lethargy, depression, disinterest.

To help you see the topics more clearly, take a look at the following basic needs and ways of fulfillment.

Self Actualization (morality, creativity, problem solving, learning, lack of prejudice and an acceptance of facts) Prayer, Mindfulness, Meditation Journaling)

  • Fun
  • Study
  • Spirituality
  • Contribution

Esteem (self esteem, confidence, respect)

  • Gratitude
  • Feelings

Love and Belonging (friendship, family and intimacy)

  • Relationship building
  • Caregiving
  • Forgiveness
  • Intimacy

Safety (security of body, health, family, property, employment, resources and morality)

  • Environmental safety
  • Health & well being
  • Job Security
  • Career growth
  • Financial empowerment
  • Environmental preservation
  • Ethics and morality

Physiological (breathing, environmental, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion)

  • Clean air, meditation, breathing exercise
  • Environmental impact on health and well being through design (ex. bringing nature into the home, healthy light, smart space)
  • Nutrition
  • PH Balance
  • Probiotics
  • Losing  weight
  • Better Digestion
  • Super foods (Acai, Algae, Aloe Vera, Bee Products, Cacao, Camu Camu Berry, Chlorella, Coconut, Goji Berries, Hempseed, Incan Berries, Kelp, Maca, Marine Phytoplankton, Noni, Yacon)
  • Raw Nutrition (Juicing vs. Blending, Nuts and Seeds, Sprouts, Grasses, Seaweed, Roots, Mushrooms, Recipes)
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Water, the amount and cleanliness
  • Intimacy as a physical need
  • Amount and quality of sleep
  • Digestion
  • Bodily function, sight, hearing, pain
  • Cleansing
  • Illness and healing

I will be adding to this and focusing on each topic as total wellness.  Look forward to future blogs on each line item and broken down even further for more tips on how to improve the quality of our lives.

What areas of your life do you keep in balance in order to maintain your motivation? Tell me about it below.


xo, Ana Maria


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