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Yesterday I did something that scared the begeezus out of me. I decided that I needed to step it up in an area of my life that I was struggling in and get some help. With a heck of a lot of financial responsibilities happening in the new year between my fiancé and I (obviously this includes a wedding) I had been trying to deal with it as cheaply as possible for several months. The problem was that my progress was extremely sluggish and totally disheartening! I knew I had it in me to accomplish this goal and I believed I could do it but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes you need help! So I decided to take a bit of a risk and invest in a program that would help me and guide me to achieve my goal. I’ll tell you up front that it wasn’t cheap and doing this just before the holidays knowing that there was a wedding to pay for and a few other things coming up, it wasn’t an easy decision and I was practically shaking when I entered in my credit card information but I did it and I am so glad I did.

For some reason, we as a society have no problems in spending our hard earned money on “things.” 60″ flat screen TVs for $2,000? Sure! A brand new car that you  have to lease for ten years to pay off? Of course!  (Okay, so that ten years was meant as an exaggerated example…)Vacations to Belize? Wouldn’t think twice! But when we think to put that same amount of money towards ourselves, our eyes bulge out and our hearts start beating a mile a minute. All of a sudden that $3,000 that you wouldn’t blink an eye to spend on renovations seems like a million dollars when you think on spending towards a product/program/person that would better yourself as a growing, deserving individual.

I did the same thing a few years back when I decided to go see a specialist about my hair. My naturally curly hair was the bane of my existence for many years as most of the stylists I had gone to didn’t have the first idea how to handle it but then I found a salon that specialized in curly hair. I ended up having to call three different people to convince me to go because the price was much higher than the other salons and I didn’t have much money to spend. It was my mother who convinced me to spend the money and do it. She reminded me that it’s okay to do something for myself and that I had hair that required special attention so I made the appointment and to this day I still go back to that salon. My cut’s are amazing and worth every penny that I spend.

I’m sure this fear of investing in ourselves stems from self-doubt. When buying a TV or car you visually see your results but when investing in yourself, you rely on nothing but yourself to make the right decision. What if your decision wasn’t right? What if you waste your money? What if it doesn’t work?

What if the sky were to fall on your head right this minute?!

What if’s do nothing but create fear and panic. You are an amazing person but you are not a mountain and sometimes you’re going to need help to get you to where you want to go. It’s alright to realize this and it’s more than okay to invest in the tools you need to get there. No one ever got anywhere from being comfortable, to create success in your life you need to get comfortable being uncomfortable. There are always risks involved but the world will not end if you invest in yourself. In fact, I can all but guarantee that if you DO you’ll open yourself up to a world of possibility and become a total inspiration to those around you who are too afraid to do what it is that you’re doing.

Obviously this does not just refer to financial investments but also to investments in time and resources. Do you give yourself the time necessary to recharge and grow? Do you have everything you need in which to do so? If not, starting today, make a plan in which to get there! You deserve a life that’s yours and not created by someone else! When you are taken care, everyone else and everything else gets taken care of as well.

No excuses!!! Tell me, what are you going to do, today, that will allow you to invest in yourself in the comments section!

 

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Comments

  1. While I understand the gist of your blog, I find it quite selfish that you have chosen to ” Invest in yourself” over Christmas gifts and paying for a wedding. As outlined, finances are tight so I don’t understand how, as a life coach you would advocate such a thing. Perhaps the timing of your blog and your choice to invest should have come a little later one.

    I personally love spending money on ” things” and I found your tone very condescending and judgemental..Besides, in your categorization of ” things” wouldn’t a trip t Belize qualify as an investment in one’s sanity?

    If I buy things, the so called ” what if’s” are easily remedied….If I don’t like it, I return it. If it doesn’t work, I return it…If I invest in myself, let’s just say going back to school…What if I am not good at it? What if I fail? What if I hate it? Sadly there is no way to get my money back….So while investing in one’s self is a great point, your points supporting it lack basis and are riddled with inaccuracies….A 10 year car lease??? Who has ever heard of a 10 year car lease?????

    Please do keep blogging but personally strive to be more accurate.

    • ThereseLean says:

      Thank you so much for being honest, Connie! I would never dream of investing in something if it were at the expense of Christmas or my wedding and I did not say that finances were tight but that we had a lot of financial responsibilities coming up. This investment was carefully considered and discussed with my fiancé who was completely on board.

      I have no problems with people spending money on “things” and I’m sorry if you read it as being judgmental as it certainly was not meant to be. I invest in “things” myself but I ALSO invest in myself when I need the help. When I decided to go back to school I was terrified, I was horrible the first time around but I had a goal and when I used my own money to go back it created added incentive to put my head down and get to work. Some days I hated it, some courses I did terrible in but I put my nose to the grind and in the end I finished and achieved my goal but I couldn’t have done that if I didn’t take the risk in the first place. In fact, I actually ended up taking two courses I didn’t even need by accident thus spending more money but in the end I’m glad I took those courses because I learned a lot from them.

      It took me a long time to learn how to invest in myself. I used to believe I was never worth it to spend my own hard-earned money on something that wasn’t a sure thing but as I worked on myself I realized that, although there will always be risks involved in anything I do, I’d rather take that risk and see where life takes me than live in the fear I was already living in which was making me unhappy. Whether it’s investing in money, time or emotional energy, if I’m not happy, I can’t help others to create joy in their lives.

      And the ten year lease was meant as an exaggerated example, sorry for the confusion!

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