Do you know the story of the starving baker? Imagine a brand new, beautiful bakery. The aroma of fresh pastries fills the air. You walk in, order your treat, and watch as the baker does his magic. He does everything himself: he cleans the tables, tends to the cash register, bakes the goods, and greets the guests. You start to notice he’s surprisingly thin. You begin to think, “He’s so busy baking for others, he’s forgetting to eat. He’s starving himself!”

Are you that starving baker? Many of us get so wrapped up in our jobs, the house, errands, and everyone else that we never push “pause” and take the time to feed ourselves. We feel hollow, sometimes even fake. You are not fake; what you are is a starving baker. You’ve gotten busy and you’ve stopped growing. We’ve all been there.

Taking time for our personal and professional growth provides nourishment for our souls, and it fuels our minds. It makes us more effective for our families, friends, and teams. You can only go as far as you grow!

I like to devote time and attention to myself each morning. It’s the perfect way to power start my day. I never start or end my day with emails, TV, or text messages. I feed and fuel myself with prayer, reading, and listening to positive and uplifting music.

I also fill in the “empty time” when I drive by listening to educational programs that teach me how to become a better person and more effective leader. I am extremely intentional about my daily programming.

When blocking out your ten to fifteen hours of “income producing activity” (sharing your products and opportunity), be sure to schedule time for your own development, too. You must take control of your time, or your time will control you! The only one who creates your busy schedule is you. Outsource where you’re able (cleaning, carpooling, …) Make healthy “exchanges” where you can (cut out or cut back on TV programs). In the process, don’t sacrifice your “why”; make your family time a priority.

Your team and company can never love your family the way you do. Your team can follow and find other leaders. Your family doesn’t want another you. Learn to say no, prioritize your time, and be willing to delegate to others on your team.

We work hard to make strides in our business, and the rewards are worth it. But we have to keep our commitments to family and friends in check, as those relationships are more valuable than anything—and the only thing that leaves a lasting, trans-generational effect.

SARAH FAIRLESS ROBBINS became a top earner in network marketing in her twenties. She is author of Rock Star Recruiting School, a sought-after speaker,
and a board member of the