Invest in Yourself First

Before you read any further, take 15–30 seconds to think about something you want to do or be better at.

1 … 5 … 10 … 15 … 20 … 25 … 30.

I know, I know, that countdown was unnecessary. But check this out: being introspective is, in my opinion the first step to investing in yourself. Let’s be honest: we all want to be better at something, we are more self-conscious than we would like to admit, and to be frank there is always room for improvement. When you invest in yourself you can be more productive and do better. I hold the belief that we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to strive to reach our full potential.

When you make a habit of investing in yourself first you are improving the your quality of life. What is quality of life? By definition it is; the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual or group. Your number one priority is to improve your quality of life in any way possible — this speaks for itself. Time will pass regardless if you are living a high quality life or not. Do things today that you will thank yourself tomorrow for.

Here’s a quick example: In the beginning of 2015 I scheduled an appointment for Lasik eye surgery. For those unfamiliar with the surgery use Google. Seriously I am not kidding… But anyways growing up I would always struggle to see whether it be in the classroom, on the road, or recognizing people’s faces from a distance. I had glasses, and I have had contacts. Both of those improved my vision significantly but did not give me the QOL I was looking for. I didn’t want to have to remember to put contacts in or glasses on. I didn’t want to pay every year for more contacts or new frames. I didn’t want to worry about scratches on my lens or bent frames. I wasn’t fond of all the eye irritation contacts consistently caused me. Keeping all of these things in mind Lasik was a no-brainer even at the premium price. I could rationalize spending thousands because I wouldn’t have to no longer worry about my eyes. Which leads me to another point.

Don’t expect people to be on your side when you improve yourself.

When you begin to take charge of your life and improve yourself don’t expect anybody to support and or encourage you while you are in the process. People are naturally inclined to dislike change and often resist it. Start to make a significant change in your life and watch closely as your friends, acquaintance, and family notice. With the right people around you you should hear encouraging things.

A few other notes:

You have complete control over what direction you take
You don’t have control of your circumstances but your choices define you
When you invest in yourself you can be more productive and do better
Owe to yourself and loved ones to reach your potential

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