Self Development By Mae Davies / May 15, 2016 Eight years ago, a movie was shown in which a character says one can achieve a successful career only by sacrificing his life. By the way that many of us live, it’s evident that we agree. How many times have you stayed at the office for days on end in order to finish a project? Our guess is more than you’d like to admit. So we ask, is it impossible to strike a balance between one’s career and personal life? We believe it is. Striking a balance between your career and personal life requires less from you than you’d think. You may read all of the books, attend all of the seminars, and watch all of the shows that promise to help you do so, but really, all you need to do is reflect on certain age-old truths that can enable you to realize how. These facts convey first-hand knowledge that you can employ to improve your life in such a way that will enable you to strike a balance between your career and personal life, resulting in a significant improvement in your well-being. A myriad of such facts exist, so to save you from the pain of having to learn them all, here are some of them that we believe are the most important for you to learn: Success is Based on Preparation When you were still a student, it’s likely that you flunked most (if not all) of the tests that you didn’t study for. For whatever reason, you should’ve known better. Unless you cheat, you cannot pass a test that you know nothing about. The same can be applied to your life. If you don’t plan to work as hard and as well as possible but still be able to enjoy yourself without falling ill, you’ll never be able to do so. If you burn both ends of the candle, which means work and play hard at the expense of rest, you’ll experience burnout or exhaustion due to doing a hard job for a long time. Feeling so can cause you to fall ill, not be able to work well, resent your job, quit, or get fired, or worse. Believing in Yourself Enables You to Achieve Almost Anything It’s likely that you dreamed of becoming something when you were a child. A friend of ours dreamed of becoming an astronaut when she was a child. She didn’t become one, but her self-confidence enabled her to be successful at her chosen profession but still be able to spend quality time with her family and friends. Managing things that we find difficult, scary, or impossible requires us to believe we can do so. Not only does psyching yourself up give you the push to be able to make the first step, but doing so also makes you strong and brave at obstacles, enabling you to persevere. Hence, if you don’t believe that you’ll be able to strike a balance between your career and personal life, you’ll never be able to do so no matter how hard you try. How can you if by believing you can’t you’re stopping yourself already? You’ll Receive Only What You Give It’s only common sense to exert as much effort as possible at work. Badly slip up even once and you’re out. So it’s a mystery why, evidently, most of us don’t do the same in our personal lives. Honestly, do you think that your marriage will be harmonious and that your kids will warm up to you if you don’t spend as much time with them as possible? Your spouse and your children aren’t your pets; they won’t care for you if you don’t care for them. Once you give 100 percent in both your career and your personal life, we assure you’ll manage to strike the balance. If there’s a mistake you’ve been committing that’s preventing you from living a healthy, pleasant life, it’s ignorance. As you spend days doing nothing except toil away at your job, the information you need to be able to start really living is waiting for you to find it. Having explained to you these truths that can show you how to strike a balance between your career and personal life, we hope to encourage you to do so.