Why Finding Balance Isn't Good Enough

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“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.”
- Jana Kingsford


Balance is a key to life. Too much or too little of something isn’t good for you. Take food for example. If you consistently have too much food, it’ll lead towards obesity and all the health problems that go with it. If you constantly have too little food, you’ll be deprived of essential nutrients that your body needs to function. You need to eat just enough to avoid starvation, but not too much to avoid overeating.


Balance applies in everything else in life. You want to balance your work and home responsibilities. You balance your time for your family, friends, and yourself. You balance your bank accounts so that you have enough to maintain your lifestyle. Balance is very important.

Finding balance is hard. It’s not something you can physically look for or buy. It is something that you must create for yourself. You must actively put in the effort to make wise decisions to keep the various factors in your life balanced. People may help you create this, but it’s ultimately up to you to create it. When you create balance, you lead a balanced lifestyle for yourself.


Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a five year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter
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Why It's Not Enough To Just Do Things Right

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Every once in a while, I hear people say that in order to be successful, you have to do things right. In anything that you do, make sure that you do it right. Doing it wrong (or mediocre) will cost you in the long run. It's true that you need to do things right to achieve success, but it's only part of the equation.

It's not enough to just do things right, it's also important to do the right things. If you do things that aren't moving you forward on the path to success, it's not going to help you be successful, even if you're doing it right or with excellence.

Let's say that your goal is to be a doctor, then the right things to do are: go to college, get good grades, and go to medical school. The wrong thing to do would be to is going to culinary school instead of college. You could be great at studying to be a chef and cook the tastiest meals, and while you could still eventually change careers and become a doctor, it doesn't directly help move you forward towards becoming a medical doctor.

Even if you do go to medical school (which is doing the right thing), you must also do well there in order to become a doctor. If you don't do things right (or well enough), then you aren't helping yourself reach your goal. You need to both do things right and do the right things to be successful, period.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a five year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Life is Meant To Be Challenging, So Don't Give Up

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Life is a crazy and wonderful adventure. It's always going to be challenging, but the key is to get better at facing these challenges. That's how you grow. That's how you mature. That's how you become a better person.

If you're working towards your goals and dreams, keep going. If it's totally worth it to you, don't give in. Keep working towards it. If you slowly progress, slow progress is better than no progress. Even if you fall back a little, it's okay. It happens sometimes. It's not a failure; it's a learning experience and you're stronger for going through it.

When life gets tough, you get tougher. Life rewards people who persevere and don't give up.


Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter. 

There Are No Limits To Your Value

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If you play Pokemon Go, you may have heard of "IV," which stands for "Individual Value." It's nowhere mentioned in the game. There are n;umber rating each pokemon's Combat Power (CP), Health Power (HP), attack points, and weight and height. I've read many articles (not by Pokemon o Niantic) pointing out that these numbers are in no way any indication of a Pokemon's full potential capability, which is what IV is.

In order to find out a pokemon's IV, there are many 3rd party websites that calculate it. You have to enter stats about your pokemon individually and get their results, which may be accurate (there is no way to be 100% sure).

Unlike pokemon, you don't have an IV. There is no way to fully measure your true hidden potential. What you're capable of is immeasurable.

You may be able to measure your current skill level at something specific (like your bowling or batting average), your current income, or your position on the corporate ladder. Even if you're low on certain skills (like math), there are two pieces of good news: you're more skilled in other things and with the right practice, you can get better at almost anything. So if you "suck at math," you're probably better at analyzing literature or mapping out the cardiovascular system, and by practicing simplifying trinomials, you can get better at it. Your math skills (and all your other skills) can be measured at the level they're at now, but are impossible to limit.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter. 

You Can Only Grow If You Make Positive Changes

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In any stage in life, it’s easy to be stagnant. It’s easy to get into a work/life routine and keep it that way for a while. It’s Also easy to settle for what you already have, or what other people think you should have.

If you’re already working to build a better life for yourself, that’s great. Keep doing it. Hold onto your dreams and keep on going.

On the flip side, if you’re feeling bored with life, I hope that you want to make a change. The good news is, it’s never too late to make a change (even if you’re as old as dirt). You always have the opportunity to choose to take action that sparks a change in your life.

Keep in mind, not all change is good. Change can be a bad thing if it doesn’t improve your quality of life in the long run. There may be a time of temporary struggle, like feeling sore or out of your comfort zone when you start working out regularly instead of sitting on the couch and binge watching TV for hours when you get home. For the first few days and weeks, it’s going to feel really tough, you’ll feel like quitting, and maybe try to lie to yourself that going back to your old life isn’t too bad. If you keep up with it, it will become a habit, more importantly, a good habit that produces positive outcomes in your life.

That’s different than change that lowers your quality of life in the long run.

Change can be good if you make smart decisions to better yourself and put in the time and effort to commit to your goals. Change can be bad if you give up on something that can improve your life or do something that leads you down a downward spiral.

The key is knowing the difference between a good and a bad change. It’s a skill that you develop over time with life experience.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Why You Need Goals To Achieve Your Dreams

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Do you have dreams? Duh, of course you do! During at least one point in your life, you envisioned something awesome. It could've been a big house, a dream vacation getaway, or a successful career. It also could be something like having a great relationship with your family or being healthy. It can be as crazy or as far-fetched as you dare to imagine.

A dream is the most irrational, improbably (but not impossible) goal that you imagine. I believe that your goals are at the purest during your childhood because that's when your expectations haven't been hindered by life's negativity. You might've wished to be a superhero, a princess, be able to fly, or invent some kind of cure for all diseases.

Goals are like dreams, but a little different. One isn't necessarily more important than the other. A goal is a dream with a plan. Goals have realistic expectations. Goals have deadlines, and even an organized timeline of deadlines. Goals have action steps to strategize what to do in order to meet each deadline. Action steps should have measurable progress to show how close you are to reaching your deadlines and your goals.

A BIG factor into achieving your goals and dreams is hope. Hope is what motivates you to move forward, especially when you want to give up. When faced with a challenge or temporary failure, hope helps you overcome them. Hope keeps your dreams alive. If you lose hope, then your dreams die.

May you live with hope each day as you move closer to your goal of living a life of your dreams.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.