One of the biggest mistakes that I ever made in my entrepreneurial journey is not realizing this key lesson sooner:
Our personal development is intricately related to our professional development and to our business development.
We can’t expect our businesses to grow unless we are also growing alongside of them. What I mean by this is that our personal habits, mindset, health, relationships, and just about everything else get impacted by the way we pursue our business and grow our business.
Now, this is both a blessing and a curse in entrepreneurship.
The key mistake I made in this entrepreneurial journey was to focus mostly on the business side of things. I was focused on growing my career and left my actual life aspects on hold. I wasn’t prioritizing my health, my relationships, and other priorities anymore. I allowed those things to become secondary because I was so driven and motivated to excel. I was so excited about the results I was seeing.
We live in a society of immediate gratification. So, if you look at the results that you can achieve when you focus on your business AND when you focus on growth, you’re able to really quantify the impact of your work and see a return on your investment pretty quickly. However, when you work explicitly towards a personal goal like exercising more, building more relationships, and more things take much more time.
When we have things in our life that you can’t quantify that quickly it’s easily tempting to want to go into the other parts of our life that we can show quicker results. For example, when we work on our businesses and we get awards or we get clients or make sales, those things come back pretty quickly.
We see that end game. We see the result. But, when we’re working on our long-term health, our relationships, creating habits, or experiences for ourselves, it can oftentimes feel like it takes much longer to see results and to see the impact. A few years ago, I got to a point in my life where I realized I had achieved so many wonderful successes professionally, yet at the same time I felt like my greatest priority, my family and myself had somewhat fallen a little bit to the second plane and were not where I wanted them to be.
Your number one priority needs to always be yourself, your health, and your relationships. Don’t allow yourself to ever lose sight of that.
My call to action to you today is to be clear on what is important for you in your life.
Strive for creating your business always around those priorities and not the other way around. Don’t let your business and your career take center stage and don’t take anything for granted that you have in your life right now. Be sure to focus on elevating yourself as a human being, elevating your health, and elevating your relationships and I guarantee you that your business will follow.
I hope this helps you start to think about things differently and take action.
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