How to Attain Personal and Professional Development without Much Sacrifice

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Entrepreneurs and business moguls often preach about sacrifice. They take pride in everything that they've given up in order to reach their goals.

Some people have sacrificed so much for their personal and professional development that they may have nothing left to give up.

It's not uncommon for those who are extremely financially successful to spend very little time with their family and frequently work long nights in the office.

As a result, people who are starting their careers are often pressured into giving up the things they love so that they can work harder.

But, there's no point in reaching success if you sacrifice everything important to you to get there.

The truth is, you don't have to give up all that much to be successful.

Not sure how? Read on to learn what you can do to reach your goals while being comfortable, too.

 

Budget Your Time

Time is just as important of a currency as money is, and it should be treated like it. You wouldn't take a stack of bills and throw them in the street and walk away.

But, that's essentially what you're doing if you find yourself slacking off, whether you're at work or at home.

One of the main consistencies between a seasoned entrepreneur and someone fresh into their career is that they both get the same amount of time each day.

They both have 24 hours to allocate to different activities.

But, this doesn't mean that the majority of it should be spent on your career. It should be spent on your personal and professional development and growth.

Every hour of the day could be put toward reaching those goals. For example, let's look at the typical 9 to 5 schedule.

If you wake up at 7 in the morning, get to work by 8:45, and get home around 6 PM, you have approximately five hours to yourself.

That's five hours to spend time with your family, work on a hobby, go to the gym, read up on investing your money, and mentally prepare yourself for the next day at work.

The last thing you should do is sit on the couch and watch Netflix the whole time.

The lesson here is that you already have the time you need in order to reach the success you want. You simply have to budget it the right way.

Find Your Passion

We're all familiar with the philosophy that a job you love doesn't feel like a job at all. But, the inverse is true, as well.

A job you dislike will feel like a prison that you're forced to spend hours in each day.

If you try to succeed at a job you do not care for, you will struggle.

You'll be forcing yourself to put effort into something that you don't resonate with or respect, counting down the minutes until you can leave.

Finding your passion will help you get more out of the time you spend at your job. But, it will also help you in every other aspect of your life.

There's a huge difference between coming home after a day you enjoyed and coming home mentally exhausted.

When you work at a job that you love, you'll be able to spend the rest of your free time that day on your personal and professional development.

Stay Focused and Be Patient

It can be easy to lose focus on your goals, and it could happen for many reasons.

You may be overwhelmed by the current state of your professional life. You might have too many ambitions at once.

Or, you may have lost sight of your goal because it's taking too long to reach it.

Just like how you need to budget your time to make the most out of your day, you need to stay as focused as possible, as well.

There's something you should remember about most pursuits in life:

Consistency trumps intensity.

For example, an artist could paint for one hour a day over six months. Or, they could attempt to spend every Sunday painting for seven hours.

Chances are that the person who spends only an hour each day painting will still be painting in six months. The other artist may quit after not even 30 days.

It can be easy to burn out when your intensity is too high. Stay focused have patience, and you'll get to where you need to go.

Money Isn't Everything

Even if you work in finance, money still isn't everything.

Numbers in a bank account aren't what makes you a professional, a spouse, a friend, or even successful.

The whole point of money is to provide a method to acquire what we want and need. We chase those things to increase our own quality of life.

But, what's the point in pursuing something that makes you happy if you sacrifice all of your happiness to get there?

The sooner that you take money off of the top of your list of priorities, the sooner you'll be able to grow your personal and professional development and not just your bank account.

Don't take this the wrong way -- money is important, and it's important to have enough.

But, it isn't everything, and it should never be treated like it is.

Invest in Your Friends and Family

Personal relationships are just as important as professional relationships. Your friends and family are the people you spend holidays with and celebrate with.

If you neglect them, you'll have nobody to turn to when you're finally done working for the day.

Your friends and family have always been there, and that should never be given up in favor of spending more time at your job.

Personal and Professional Development Are Vital

Growth is critical to long-term success. If you never grow, you'll be in the same place you were a decade ago, except now you'll be older.

But, there should be a balance between growth and professional development, and you need to remain focused on both.

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