I have always said that personal and professional priorities in my life not only compete with each other, but also that they are interdependent priorities for me. I really rely on this interdependence to build a life that is serendipitous by design. As a result, there is no delineation between my professional or personal life. Not only are these pillars of my life nearly one and the same, I have found that my life is better lived by employing many of my business strategies in my personal life.
It is certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach to life, but the foundation remains the same, it requires the thoughtful adaption of my business strategies which is embedded into the barometer for how I set priorities in my personal life. When I am dedicated, focused, or just generally working on something, I am all in, all the time. I sincerely know no other way to be. Without this type of approach my life would quickly become consumed with business priorities that overshadow my meaningful life. I tend to become laser-focused and normally want to take more leaps than I do baby steps.
There is only one way to consistently and successfully accomplish that and it is deeply rooted in how you articulate your vision to your colleagues, how you articulate your expectations to your loved ones, and how you strategize around what you envision you want for yourself. Internal and external communication is so important both personally and professionally, that I often err on the side of over-communication so that there is no room for misunderstanding, disappointment or a priority suddenly turned into an afterthought. Priorities can not just live in your head, they must be shared, clearly, to be effective. I thrive on clear expectations, so I make it a point to give crystal clear objectives.
Lauren Maillian Bias is the author of the business memoir, “The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms.” She is a serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing company.