How much have you invested in yourself today?
I make it a point to ask myself that question at the end of every day. Not so long ago, I heard this speech about how to be successful. The speaker talked about seeing yourself as a CEO and your life as the company you manage. He went on to talk about self-investment and how important it is to make sure you always have your life’s best and most profitable plan in mind.
It got me thinking about many sessions I’ve had with my therapist over the years. She often tells me something similar and we have an exercise where I talk to the psychological board members of my life. She’s not just my therapist but also my business coach since she offers both services. She is always telling me that I need to re-invest 25% of what I make into myself.
But it isn’t enough to invest in yourself financially. Sure you should buy that dream car, take a vacation, sign up for that workshop, or upgrade your wardrobe....
I didn't really have a choice when it came to being a morning person. My mother had to be at work at six in the morning, so we'd get up pretty early so that she could drop me off at my aunt's place until I was old enough to walk to school by myself. I've been getting up at four in the morning my entire life, and even when I started being responsible for my own schedule, I find it challenging to stay in bed past seven. It's a minor miracle if I can sleep until eight.
I may have griped about getting up early when I was a kid, but I'd be grateful for it now. The world's most successful people often talk about the importance of a morning ritual. Rituals repetitive practices that lets your brain know it's time for a specific action.
A nighttime ritual tells your brain it's time to wind down before. While a morning ritual tells your mind that it's time to wake up and get moving. What you include in your morning ritual can dramatically improve...