In my opinion, there are three major components to everyone’s life. Personal. Professional. Health. To be truly successful, I think you need to balance your life and address all three. Maybe this is apparent to most, but it hasn’t always been apparent to me. Professional has always been my biggest concern, but I haven’t achieved what I’ve wanted to thus far (but I am going in the right direction). After a lot of thought, it’s my belief that I’m not excelling to my fullest extent professional because I don’t have enough balance in my life.
My most burning desire to is to build a successful and sustainable business. I want to create a culture that people love coming to every day. I hate when I hate work. I don’t want people to feel like that when they work for. I want to build a product that people love and can’t help but tell others about. That’s what I think professional success is. I’m working towards building that. I feel like I’ve been talking about Prepare.io for years. Maybe I have. While you can’t see it, I’ve been making strides to relaunch it. But, I’m not yet successful yet. And that wears on me.
I think that one of my greatest weaknesses is that I’m not living a balanced life. I don’t get out enough. I’ve pushed out friends over the years, because I have to stay in. Do I do work? A little. But not as much as I could. That’s because my mind is somewhere else. Maybe I should have just gone to that party, even if it’s for just a little bit. I’d venture a guess that I’d get more work done if I just let myself go out. When I’d get home, I’d be more focused on my tasks at hand. Instead, I let different thoughts weigh me down, accomplishing nothing.
Health is something I’ve written about before. It’s been a constant battle for me since I started my first company. I’ve gained a lot of weight and developed really unhealthy habits. All in the name of “my company.” Well, I actually think it’s done more good for my productivity than it has helped. Yet, I’m here five years later, still fighting these battles with my health. Over the past few weeks I’ve put a renewed effort towards my health (again). It’s a long battle, but I need to make it a priority. A better diet and more exercise will make me feel better and I’ll become more productive. Just one hour a day. I have time that.
I know I have the capabilities to reach my dreams. I’m making progress. I’m not just talking about it. But what I need to do is dedicate myself to balancing my life. I think that I’ll enjoy my life more, become more productive, and eventually reach my goals. If I don’t, I could be in danger of waking up one day, alone, out of shape, and still talking about a company that’s half built. That won’t be good for anyone.