Why Don’t We Invest In Ourselves?
I’ve been there – working 2 jobs to barely maintain a meager lifestyle, still wondering how I’m going to afford to eat for the week. I understand the complete inability to listen to something beneficial, because if it costs more than the change in my pocket, it just can’t happen.
I get it.
But, during that time, when I was working a full-time job, a part-time job, and going to school full-time, I made sure I enrolled in a workout class each semester, which forced me to have the time to stay fit. If not for this, I know I wouldn’t have been able to stick with any health program, and I’d bet that I wouldn’t have survived through such a tough schedule as successfully as I did without that health and energy optimizing habit.
I worked with my schedule. I created opportunity out of my situation. I didn’t let my being insanely busy, and totally B.R.O.K.E. victimize me into digging a void of blah (I’m pretty sure that’s the technical term). It’s so easy to accidentally dig void holes. I’m actually just coming out of one because I convinced myself binge eating through the holidays wouldn’t be hard to reverse; that I’d start being better TOMORROW. Ah, the elusive tomorrow. Will you ever get here?
Maybe you can’t plant a workout into your day’s schedule (the time you leave the house until you come home). Maybe you’re working a job where you barely get a lunch break, or you’re always working through your lunch break, or you’re never sure when you’re breaks will even be! This makes adding to an already crazy day impossible, and not in the I’m-Possible way.
I’ve been there as well. I was a retail store manager for years. Don’t even ask if I could get up early to do anything before work, or add it into my evening routine. I didn’t have a routine, with constantly changing hours and sleep schedules. I felt like I was in high school again; rolling out of bed at the precise minimal-time allotment to shower, throw on clothes, and be out the door. Breakfast and lunch was liquid Starbucks, and dinner was microwaved boxed food-types in quantities larger than one serving. Oh! the money I could have saved (or made by investing in Starbucks), if I’d put my money towards something other than high calorie quad-mocha lattes. It was slow suicide to both my body and soul. Why do we slowly euthanize ourselves this way?
I could barely find the energy to even exist, let alone live, so, I quit that job.
Unable to find it in myself to make time for what would make me happy, and better, I let it go. This is the scariest thing I say to people. It’s the one thing 99.9% of people won’t consider, and I’m not even saying it now as a suggestion to follow, but simply to show that the scariest decisions lead to the greatest changes.
It’s been 6 years, and I’m happier in a way that is unquantifiable. Sure, it was scary to wonder how I would pay for things, but it all worked out when I stopped stressing about it; when I organized my life to fit how I wanted, and not how my job, or other outside force, was victimizing me to conform to. It’s okay to re-prioritize; to not follow a cookie cutter scene that isn’t actually be working.
As much as might hurt to say, sometimes the problem isn’t your attitude or your emotions. Sometimes you need to change some things. This doesn’t have to mean you’re a bad person or not good at things, but it does mean that if you want to be more confident in a particular area, the best way to do so is to get better. -life-hacker
Most people have regulated lives. Work schedules are consistent. Kids come and go at certain times of the day/week on recurring rotations. Maybe we all still think we need to be putting 60 – 90 minutes into the gym to get results. Is that what we still think? Because this notion has been overthrown by quality research and experimentation.
Have you heard the 12 minutes a week theory? True story. But we don’t believe these things. We like what we know. That can be okay, as long as we’re getting positive results. I like the feeling of working out, so I want to do it more than 12 minutes a week, but if time is your enemy, re-training your brain, and your daily agenda, might be monumental.
The effects of working out on your confidence are so overwhelming that it can’t be understated. When you exercise, your body releases a cocktail of endorphins that make you feel pretty good as is. When you’re done, you have tangible proof that you’ve done something constructive and everything in your body is programmed to second that response. If you keep at it long-term, the results of a healthier body become more and more visible. –life-hacker
See? Invest in gaining confidence. Invest in making yourself feel better. Great even! What about 30 minutes, 3-4 days a week. Most people have 2 days off a week, so that leaves only 1 or 2 days to squeeze in 30 minutes. Kids in the way? 30 minutes isn’t much time. Get them working out with you. They’ll lose interest after 10 – 15 minutes, and then you only have 10 -15 minutes to get through their craziness. Can they watch t.v. through this time?
How much does 30 minutes of sleep effect you? Can you get up 30 minutes early? How much is this time, really, when compared to shaping your body, which will shape your confidence, which will directly correlate to how you face the world, which will directly relate to how you’re looked at, which will correlate to how worthy you feel, equaling how much money you intake because you’ll make better decisions to fashion your world. Your boss will see you in a higher light, and you’ll get promoted, and earn more money.
Look! You just earned the money to invest further in yourself!
It shouldn’t be a surprise that being more confident at work can mean more promotions…This doesn’t just apply to the workplace, either… –life-hacker
I am far from the poster child of follow-through, or implementing things that are good for me. But I do try, and I do make advances, even if they’re often in the forms of the tiniest baby steps. But progress is progress, and as long as you stay positive, and really want something to be, you can get there. Don’t sell yourself short by refusing to invest in yourself, especially when the payoff will be priceless.
- What are your health related goals?
- What’s your first baby step on reaching that goal?
- Are you in a void hole?