Are you so focused on getting ahead that you're neglecting your self-care? Sometimes you can get so caught up in building up your business or your career that you can lose sight of what's important. No success will be sustainable unless you are building on a strong foundation of positive habits.
Check-in with yourself and see if you need to get a better balance between career success and self-care by answering these four questions.
1. What Do You Want to Achieve?
Are you trying to juggle too much? Are you saying yes to every opportunity that comes along and not saying no to the things that don’t serve you?
If you're focused on getting to the top, it's tempting to put all your energy into doing it as fast as you can. But step back for a minute and think about why you're doing it. It's okay to set some boundaries. It's essential to be able to prioritize. Otherwise, you risk burnout because your energy and effort are too scattered. Pull back and only say yes to the offers that will help you meet your big goal.
2. How Do You Feel About Striving?
Striving is a big buzzword out there. It sounds like you’re super focused and putting all your energy into meeting that goal. But is that really what you want? Do you want your life to be all hard work? Or would you rather have a life where success and the things that matter come easily to you?
3. Are You Making Yourself Number One?
While you’re thinking about your life, consider where you put yourself on your priority list. Are you focused on your own best interests? Do you prioritize taking care of yourself, or are you running yourself ragged pleasing or looking after other people? You can't be your best you unless you make your wellbeing a priority.
4. Are You Comfortable with Being a Work in Progress?
It’s okay not to be perfect. It’s okay not to have all your bases covered. If you are trying to focus on too many big goals at once, you’re likely to either let yourself down or burn yourself out. One of the best things you can do to stay focused on meeting your goals is to learn not to beat yourself up. Make friends with being good enough, and you’re much more likely to succeed. Choose your top one or two big goals and focus on those. When you’ve achieved them, then go onto the next ones on your list.