As high-achieving, professional women, many times we are forced to make a choice between our professional success and personal fulfillment. Do we spend our time focused on achieving success in our professional lives, whether as an entrepreneur, professional or business woman? Or do we let that side of our lives suffer while we focus on personal fulfillment – on the joy we deserve in that part of our life.
Why can’t we have both? I’m here to tell you that you can!
Yes, professional success and personal fulfillment can coexist, but achieving the right balance can be a complex and individual journey. It’s essential to define what success and fulfillment mean to you personally, as these definitions can vary widely from person to person.
Here are some principles that may help you integrate professional success and personal fulfillment in your life:
- Align Your Values. Your values define YOU. You at your core. When you ensure that your work aligns with your core values and beliefs, your personal and professional lives tend to be in harmony. You are more likely to experience a sense of fulfillment when both sides of your life align with your values.
- Set Realistic Goals. Once you identify your values and align your professional and personal life with them, you need to establish achievable goals for your professional and personal aspirations. This can help you align these sides of your life and avoid burnout.
- Establish Boundaries. Clearly define boundaries between work and personal life. I’ve talked about setting boundaries professionally and personally. Professionally, you should set specific working hours and unplug from work emails during personal time. Personally, you should prioritize activities that bring you joy outside of work and say ‘no’ to things that don’t bring you joy.
- Invest in Personal Growth. Continue to invest in your personal development and well-being. This could be anything that brings you joy and makes you happy, including hobbies, exercise, relationships, and activities that provide a sense of purpose beyond your professional achievements.
- Cultivate Positive Relationships. In order for you to have a positive attitude, you should surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, and colleagues. Healthy relationships contribute significantly to personal fulfillment. When others around you provide positive reinforcement, it’s easier for you to think and feel positively too.
- Practice Self-Care. Prioritize self-care to maintain physical and mental well-being. This includes getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, and engaging in activities that help you relax and recharge. Take a yoga class. Meditate. Take a walk in a forest preserve. Go to the spa. Read a good book. Do the things that make you happy.
- Learn to Delegate. As women, we are raised to feel that we have to do all the things. One of the most important things we can do is to recognize that we don’t have to do everything on our own. Delegating tasks at work and at home can help lighten the load and reduce stress.
- Adaptability. As we evolve, so do our values and goals. Be open to adjusting your goals and plans as circumstances change. Flexibility is crucial in aligning our personal and professional success.
- Reflect Regularly. Be quiet and listen to what your inner voice, your loud whisper, is telling you. Reflect on your life and career regularly. Assess whether you are on track with your goals, or if adjustments are needed to maintain the alignment that brings you both success and fulfillment.
It’s important to note that achieving this balance is an ongoing process. What works for one woman may not work for another. By regularly reflecting and adjusting, you can navigate the evolving dynamics of your personal and professional life.