The key to success lies in doing the following:
Prioritizing. What comes first, right now? How do you know where to focus your attention if you don’t know what is most important? Whatever is at the top of your list, come up with three action steps you can take to get closer to your goals. Keep your priorities at the top of your mind at all times and you will see that your decision making process will get easier and the guilt you struggle with will begin to fade.
Finding time for those priorities. How do you fit it all in -- time for your family, your career, and yourself -- without sacrificing?
Setting goals. How will you know what direction to go in if you haven’t established solid goals? You’ll quickly wear yourself out running in circles. Do you know what you want out of life, personally, professionally and financially?
Planning. A comprehensive plan to achieve your goals will keep you focused and on the right track.
Making choices that are aligned with your priorities. This is the number one key to eliminating your guilt and feeling good about your decisions.
Surrounding yourself with a supportive community. Have you ever noticed that when you are around people who are drowning in misery that they bring you down with them? The opposite holds true, as well. If you surround yourself with people who are positive, goal-oriented, and supportive, your attitude soars and the possibilities really are endless.
A Rolodex full of resources. No one can, or should try, to do it alone. Having access to resources that can pick up where you want to leave off makes all the difference in the world.
By taking these steps, you are empowering yourself. You are taking control of a chaotic situation that will result in a positive, meaningful life and a career that is both rewarding and affords the lifestyle that you want -- all with less stress and guilt. That means a better mom for your kids, a better partner for your significant other, and a happier YOU.