The Best Investment You Can Make Is In YOURSELFAug 30, 2019
A lot of people tend to underestimate the enormous value (yes, enormous..) when it comes to putting themselves first in certain aspects of their life.
We’re told selflessness is the key to happiness and doing good for others will make us feel the best inside.
This is of course true…but I’d argue that it has its limits.
And when you push these limits of being selfless and caring for others, without first caring for yourself, it can be detrimental to both you and everyone around you.
Sometimes we need to take a step back and realize that being selfish isn’t always a bad thing.
Being selfish in the pursuit of becoming the best version of yourself will ultimately lead to serving others to a much greater degree than you ever thought possible.
Another thing that a lot of people tend to underestimate is the value of making a financial commitment when it comes to trying to reach a specific goal for themselves.
Whether we want to admit it or not...money is motivation.
When you put your hard-earned money behind something and turn a personal commitment into a financial commitment, there tends to be a significant shift in perspective and in the ability to follow through with that commitment.
Studies even show that people who receive financial incentives are more likely to stick to weight-loss programs and tend to drop more pounds than people who try to slim down without them.
Before I embarked on my transformation, I was suffering from a lack of confidence, felt super uncomfortable in my own skin, and struggled to feel motivated in different areas of my life.
I was not focused on becoming my best self and it reflected in my work, my relationships, and my ability to reach and commit to any goals that I was trying to achieve.
I kept hitting this roadblock and when I finally decided to buckle down and figure out why it was happening, I realized two things:
- I was so focused on trying to help my clients achieve their goals that I wasn’t making time to focus on my own.
- I was struggling to get (and stay) motivated and lacked the ability to make a true commitment.
When I came to these realizations, I knew that the only way to get past this roadblock was to start investing more time and more money in myself.
So that’s exactly what I did…
I started to be a little bit more selfish with my time and incorporated a new morning routine that allowed me to focus entirely on myself for at least an hour every single day. I used this time to meditate, practice gratitude, and ultimately develop a routine that completely changed how productive and meaningful my days became.
I also hired my own online nutrition and fitness coach and made an initial 3-month financial commitment (via written contract) to work with him. Was it cheap? No. Was it worth it? More than you can imagine!
These two investments completely changed my life.
Not only did I become more motivated and intentional with my goals, but I started to feel so much more confident and driven in multiple areas of my life.
I just became overall happier, less stressed, more engaged in my relationships, and started creating new, sustainable habits that made reaching my goals way easier.
Moral of the story: Don’t cheat yourself and don’t be cheap with yourself. Invest your time and money in becoming the best version of you.
Your life only gets better when you do. Work on yourself and the rest will follow…
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