“If you can tell world who you are and what you believe without breaking stride or hesitating, you are happy with yourself.” - Neale Donald Walsche
I attended a large networking meeting last week with lots of varying types of businesses and people and one of speakers was talking about and explaining how online networking had helped him go from redundancy to having his own lucrative business that he really enjoyed running in a relatively short period of time. While he wasn’t greatest public speaker that I have encountered, there was something about him that made me want to give him business and that made me like him: he was congruent. He had balance.
What do I mean by Congruent? Or balance? I mean that this is a description of how you are when what you do, say, and deeply believe are all aligned. Congruence and balance is a sort of ‘deep honesty’ about who we are as individuals, and it is attractive and it is appealing. People are powerfully attracted to congruent individuals. People who have balance.
Congruence is not only something that is about how others perceive you. It is also important in how you perceive yourself. If you want to make a powerful change in your life and you really want a particular thing but keep on doing something else, then incongruence will exist in your own perception of yourself too. This can cause loss of balance.
So how do you go about becoming congruent? Or having more balance?
Ok, firstly, figure out your values, then honour them; values are what is important to you. Examples of your values include helping others, having security, enjoying freedom, continuous learning, experiencing love, having a family, etc. You may know some of these right away, areas where you already have balance may start to pop up, while others may take some digging. One way you can find out what you value is to identify something you really want, then ask yourself this question;
“What will that give me that I wouldn’t otherwise have?”
When you have subsequently answered that question to yourself, ask it again.
Ask yourself; What do I want? An example response might be : To reduce my weight.
Then you ask: What will that give me that I wouldn’t otherwise have?” The answer might be: A body I can feel comfortable showing off.
Then ask again: What will that give me that I wouldn’t otherwise have? The answer may well be: Freedom.
To get most from this exercise, you need to take question as far as you can until you get simplest answer and question can be asked no more. When you go as far as you can, you end up with a core value: what it is that’s really important to you. In this example it was freedom. Knowing this can begin to install balance.
Secondly here, pay attention to your body. That also needs balance.
Your body and your neurology have been developed over thousands of years to provide you with very accurate and real feedback about congruence and balance. If you are at a dinner party and you are smiling and chatting nicely and being charming but all time you are thinking "I cannot stand these people" that uncomfortable feeling in your body and thought in your mind is an incongruent signal – a lack of balance - a sign that you’re ‘out of tune’. When you have a deep sense of peace and joy, genuine balance, really truly enjoying company of those people, then that is a sign that you are aligned and are subsequently going in right direction. One way to achieve greater congruence is just eliminate all activities that lead to incongruence. Maintain balance.