Brian Tracy and Christina Stein, the authors of Kiss That Frog!, have teamed up again to write Find Your Balance Point: Clarify Your Priorities, Simplify Your Life, and Achieve More. Brian Tracy is chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He is the bestselling author of more than fifty books that have been translated into dozens of languages.
His co-author, Christina Stein, is a speaker, author, and psychotherapist who focuses on work-life balance and female empowerment. She works with individuals and couples and conducts workshops to help attendees align their priorities and goals with their skills and passions. She combines her training as a marriage and family therapist with her experience as a life coach to work emphatically and dynamically with her clients.
I was first introduced to Brian Tracy via YouTube and his video, 5 Reasons Why Most Don’t Become Wealthy. It is well worth spending a few minutes to watch the video as he is spot on with the noted reasons.
I was immediately drawn to this book by the title, Find Your Balance, as with respect to finances specifically, finding a balance between spending in the present and saving/investing for the future is something that my wife and I talk about quite frequently; and in general we often talk about finding life’s balance. The book’s subtitle, Clarify Your Priorities, Simplify Your Life, and Achieve More offers insights into how to find that often elusive balance.
Early on, in the Introduction, the authors really grabbed my attention by noting that clarity is the key to finding balance. They note that, “When people do not feel in control of their lives, they lose focus and lack commitment. Instead of directing their own lives … they end up investing their time and energy in things that don’t bring them joy.” Indeed!
Throughout the book there were numerous great observations made by the authors. Among them, ‘there is no magic pill or quick-fix. Finding and maintaining a satisfying balance point takes time and effort.’ I made a similar observation in my own book with respect to finances and retirement planning. It isn’t enough to ‘want’ to be wealthy. It takes time – multiple years – and effort (e.g. self-education) to achieve and maintain wealth.
The author’s note that “ … fully 85 percent of your unhappiness will be caused by having the wrong people in your life … .” I don’t know if ‘85%’ is the specific percentage that can be tied to friends, family and happiness; however, I absolutely agree with the idea that an individual’s happiness (and success) is closely related to the people they choose to keep in – and dismiss from – their lives.
A nice feature of the book are the action exercises spread throughout the book. Instead of just reading about finding your balance point, the authors provide mechanisms for readers to be more engaged in the process of doing just that. This book conveys a lot of thoughtful, useful information in less than 100 pages. Looking for a book to help push you in a better direction, get more balance in your life and improve your happiness? This is certainly a book that deserves your consideration. My only disappointment is that the price strikes me as a little high.
Find Your Balance Point: Clarify Your Priorities, Simplify Your Life, and Achieve More is available at Amazon in Kindle and Hardcover Formats.