Getting Your Life in Balance – The Whole Person Concept
We make decisions every day. We decide who and what gets our time and attention. We prioritise our projects
at work, our errands and even our family time.
This great balancing act we call life is just that — an effort to achieve the proper balance to live a full and
What is a Whole Person?
In 1992, the Whole Person Committee drafted a definition of what a “Whole Person” should be, stating: “Whole Persons
are engaged in a lifetime quest to achieve balance and congruity in all aspects of their lives and
continually seek to develop their full human potential.”
The committee also identified seven crucial aspects of life that should remain in balance
— family, health, education, career, service, financial and spiritual.
Family is the first link of the Whole Person circle.
We at MDRT believe that: “Whole Persons spend quality time with their spouses, children, mothers,
fathers, brothers and sisters, and members of their extended families, and strive to make love,
sharing, mutual respect and openness the cornerstones of these relationships.”
We recommend maintaining “…a sound mind and body through study, diet, exercise and lifestyle habits conducive to physical
and mental well-being.” In other words, a healthy mind and a healthy body are important parts to
keeping a person in balance.
Proper stress management, a healthy diet, controlling your weight and exercise are all items that fall into the
Whole Persons should seek knowledge and new skills for the enrichment and enhanced effectiveness
it brings to life and be enthusiastic about continuing the learning process throughout life.
This advice pertains not only to business issues, but to social and emotional issues as well.
How does a Whole Person keep work in balance? Guided by a code of ethics, work to become more productive, pursue knowledge
and skills throughout their careers, and participate in and contribute to industry and professional organisations.
Eight key areas comprise this segment – ethics, client communications, productivity, continuing education, customer service,
professionalism, effective people skills and industry participation.
Whole Persons contribute time, energy and leadership, as well as financial resources, to community and human service organisations,
education institutions, government, civic and charitable organisations, and other worthwhile endeavours, voluntarily and
without expectation of personal gain.
This vital segment offers more than a step toward balance — the fulfilment and joy of helping others long has been an integral part of MDRT.
Whole Persons live within their income, enjoy and share the fruits of their labour, and plan and implement programs for the creation,
accumulation and preservation of capital consistent with the stages of their lives.
Creation, accumulation and preservation of capital are the primary sections of this segment should lead to financial independence,
security, peace of mind and charitable giving.
We strive to live principled lives according to your faith, and strive to grow in your spiritual development.
This does not stress a particular faith, or even organised religion. Instead, this segment reflects values and attitudes found amongst
people worldwide: belief, ideals, standards, respect for one another, support, ethics, inspiration and morality.
All these areas affect one another.
Many of the sections overlap with other sections, emphasizing that no person can be completely in balance without some attention
to all areas of their life.
The world seems to move faster every year. As we continue into this century, balance your priorities.
Pay attention to all the parts of your life.