Realize your environment is constantly changing, in ways you can and can't see. This concept of change is often thought of like it's monetary counterpart; two sided but set in value. On one hand, change is something mankind views as inevitable, or unavoidable. On the other hand, people seem to think that simply ignoring change will cancel it's effects, or even existence. Our culture even tells us to fight this change. We all know the definition of insanity . . . Doing the same thing and expecting a different result. What is left when we can no longer ignore our surroundings; when we find ourselves swept away by a force we can never truly understand? The answer comes, not by accepting or ignoring this concept, but by truly embracing change for what it is, and using it to enhance our companies and life. Balance, harmony, and the changes required to achieve them all develop from the inside out. Did you know that your environment consists of two parts? The first is your surroundings, and the second is by you! By changing yourself into what you desire your environment to be like, you're already taking the first step in achieving your goal. If you want peace and tranquility in everything you do at work, home, and in your life, then the first step must be an internal one. Finding that peace requires a choice though; one that few people are aware they have, and fewer are willing to make. Balance is a constant journey. You can't get to a place of balance and say "OK", I'm there. And reap the benefits forever. Who you are today is not who you were eight years ago. Your responsibilities, motivation, and priorities change. You have to be a life long learner and be willing to constantly be aware of where you are and where you want to be. Focus is the most important. Release what is out of your control. Release the past. Release old behaviors that don't move you forward. For some, this process is the difference of being successful or taking defeat. In today's economy, those who prepare and hold on will be successful in the end. You need to understand early on, the journey for balance and harmony takes determination and hard work. It is not an easy process. Struggles are inevitable. Once you realize this, you are able to move forward and focus on creating a perfect environment to work, grow, and live. What does your space currently say? What effect do they have on the people who live and work there? What would you like for them to say? There is a direct correlation between your environment and where you are in life. Create environments that provide support and reflect who you are and where you are going. Being organized is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Take time to re-organize. Use the tools you have been given and search for new tools and systems that fit your learning style. Cling to those tools; your success will depend on them. Although you need to keep your vision in mind, focus on the journey and the process. When you master the process, you master the vision.