You are the author of your own story, the director of your play and the CEO of your life!! To set yourself up for success and a happy, fulfilled life you need to integrate strategies that support both your personal and professional success...it is not really a “balance” as people often refer to it, but more of an “integration”/a “harmonious dance” between the two.
PLAY FULL OUT AND HAVE A PLAN
Have a plan for the next six months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years - and be specific about your goals and dreams! Write them down as if they are already in play and you have already achieved them or are living them and how you will make all you want happen.
YOU ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT WORK
Investing in “You, Inc.” is the single most important investment you can ever make! Successful people know where they want to go and do whatever it takes to get there. They have a very clear vision and when obstacles or roadblocks come up, they make the necessary tweaks so that they are always moving in the direction of their goal.
THEY DO WHAT OTHERS WON’T
Successful people do what unsuccessful people don’t. They do what is required, they keep on going even when they may not feel like it. They do the hard things. So...when it comes to your dreams, don’t ever let anyone tell you how big they should be or that you cannot possibly achieve it. Don’t compromise EVER and know what your non-negotiables are and don’t ever back down or give in!!
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN YOU
Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed and who challenge you to be more. Pay attention to your inner circle. Identify those you trust and who will be honest and truthful with you - not “energy sucking vampires”. Get people around you who make you better.
GET COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE
Get out of your comfort zone, test your resilience and your capabilities. No one else can create success for you. You have to consciously plan your life and have a growth plan in place. You need to stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone. You have to take a shot, go for broke and take the swing! You have to live at the edge of your capabilities.
The truly successful people have failed way more times than they’ve succeeded but they’ve taken the lessons from the failures and learned from them. Failure is a huge part of being able to be successful. You should never have a negative association with failure. Get comfortable with failure. Failure is where all of the lessons usually are. For example, when you go to the gym and lift weights you are actually trying to achieve muscle failure because that is actually where the growth happens. So never be afraid to embrace failure…”Fail early, fail often and fail forward”!