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One of the questions we get asked about the most at Digging Deeper is, “How do I live a balanced life as a high-achieving woman.”
Quick disclaimer…I don’t ever use the word balance. Not with my students, my clients, nor my family. I actually call it the “B word.”
I hate this word.
And the reason why is because it implies that all things need to be equal. Which…they don’t. However, I use it now because I know you might be accustomed to hearing it.
We’ve talked about this in my previous vlog, “How To Find The Work Life Balance As A Woman Entrepreneur?”, so if you want to learn more about that topic, definitely hop on over there, after.
But if we kiss “balance” goodbye, what are we doing instead? How do we juggle it all? Moreover, how do we create the harmony we are looking for?
Here are some quick tips to help you manage your inner equilibrium and stay at the TOP of your game.
Tip #1: Plan A Year In Advance.
Yes…it sounds crazy.
No…this is no short-term hack.
This one shift will absolutely change your world. For instance, I do it once a year, so that I always have a vision of what’s to come…and it elevates me beyond what most could EVER dream of accomplishing. Not that it’s any kind of competition, because we are all here to support each other on this journey to greatness. But, when I look at women struggling to achieve their goals and meet their priorities―I know this is a massive missing ingredient.
For a full step-by-step on how to plan your next year for ultimate impact and joy, you can grab my time management eBook, which is completely FREE for a limited time only.
Tip #2: Get Clear On What Matters.
This is something you want―need―to actually get down on paper. Stop keeping all those priorities locked up inside your head! Write them down.
I used to work for a company that had this motto: “God first; family second; career third.” At the time, one of my mentors used to tell me, “Honey, if you’re tired of feeling broke and miserable, you’ve got to make sure your career comes third, not 33rd.”
And she was right.
You can’t have 97 priorities. Instead, pick a few that are most important to you, and quit living in #FOMO. You know, fear of missing out. You’ve got to transform that #FOMO to #JOMO. The JOY of missing out.
This is my middle name, y’all.
There is no way you can say “YES” to everything. “Everything” is not a priority, which brings us to the next point.
TIP #3: Don’t stagnate. Refuse and Reinvent!
You can’t make everything a priority and keep your sanity. In this section, I’m going to explain two ways you can stop getting stuck in inertia.
Firstly, you have to set the boundary.
I fully live by the time management tips I share here. This is my way of life. My essence. The core of who I am. It’s the only way I can actually live the life I love.
When you’re a high-achiever, you naturally have high standards of excellence. That’s why I refuse to settle for mediocrity or the status quo. Heck, I refuse to settle for where I was yesterday! Instead, I choose to believe we are limitless. You with me on this? Every human being on this earth is limitless.
I never want to become stagnant in my quest for life. After all, I’ve got massive goals and dreams to accomplish. The only way I can do them is with clear priorities, strong boundaries, and working hard over time to put a killer support system in place.
Secondly, you need to stop being afraid to fail.
This is important to your growth as a resilient woman, who strives for excellence.
I’m not afraid to fail…to reinvent myself when necessary. However, that wasn’t always true. I used to be deathly afraid of failure. As a result, I wasted time and energy trying to please other people.
Girl, was that exhausting…and pretty sad! Since then, I’ve fully mastered the art of a graceful “No.”
If you’re still living by what other people expect you to be, I share this with you to give you hope. You can change any part of yourself if you want it badly enough―and if you’re willing to put in the work.
Tip #4: Use this one filter to make EVERY single decision in your life.
No, not like the one you use for your photos. This is something you’re going to ask yourself, every time you make a decision, and it goes like this:
“Is what I’m about to do taking me closer to my goals?”
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small decision or a big one. Whether it’s where you’ll go on vacation, or what you’re doing tomorrow. Filter every choice with that one question.
For example, when I was a young and up-and-coming entrepreneur working on my first million dollars in revenue, I taped a sign over my TV. (This was back in the days when I was sucked into the allure of Hollywood and still watched TV.) I actually cut out an 8 x 10 sign from construction paper and wrote those very words on it: “Is what I’m about to do taking me closer to my goals?”
Whenever I turned on the TV, I had to physically lift that paper! Thankfully, I don’t need that sign anymore, because I’ve been able to integrate this philosophy into my core identity. For me, that means if something is not taking me closer to my goals, I don’t do it.
I either delay it, delegate it, or dump it completely.
It. Is. That. Simple.
That’s why it’s critical to first get clear on your goals and priorities in tip #1. If you haven’t identified where you want to go, it’s impossible to take steps on how to get there.
Juggling life as a high-achiever isn’t easy, especially if you have family priorities and a greater mission beyond just making money. But it is totally doable and totally worth it, if you are willing to pay the price for greatness. Your work life balance is literally right around the corner.
What’s waiting for you on the other side of your comfort zone?
I know one thing.
It will absolutely blow your mind.