Isn’t it weird how we’re inclined to put ourselves last all of the time? We put money into our car and our home, and call those our biggest investments. We take the car to the garage to get serviced regularly, and we never put diesel in a motor that takes gas.
Yet, when it comes to our minds and our bodies, we’re loath to make a financial commitment. We neglect them. We put crap in the tank all the time, choosing fast food over healthy, nourishing fuel. We don’t make the time to exercise and keep everything strong and mobile. We don’t schedule our maintenance, making sure there’s enough time to rest up and let our parasympathetic system make all the necessary repairs. Then, when our bodies break down and collapse, we fork out grudgingly on health care, or cash in on insurance. Essentially, we treat the symptom instead of the real problem. We’re surprised and annoyed that our bodies have failed us, when, truly, we’ve failed our bodies.
In reality, a little prevention and care before we experience trouble would go a long way to meaning we don’t have to experience trouble at all. And some money spent willingly now could save a ton of heartache and even more money spent unwillingly later. Why wouldn’t you protect your true vehicle – the body that carries you around and makes it possible to do anything? I think the same when it comes to your vision – why wouldn’t you invest in it? In yourself? The returns you get from changing your reality are out of this world. Some money spent willingly now could mean a whole host of dividends appearing in the future.
It’s amazing what you can achieve when you back yourself – if you overcome your reluctance and commit to what’s important. Again, it’s about prioritizing, but in this instance, I’m not just talking about your time, I’m talking about your money. If you have a clear vision of where you want to be, doing the math and investing in it is part of the surefire way to get there. This step is about putting your money where your mouth is, so to speak, and prioritizing your success over the day-to-day things you like to see in front of you and consider necessary. What could be more necessary than achieving your dreams?
Your Greatest Asset
You need to change your perspective when it comes to the way you view yourself. You are a vessel. You are a VIP. You are more valuable than any car or house or any other material thing. You’re not just an asset – you are your greatest asset!
Investing in yourself is about admitting your self-worth. Your heart and mind are the intangible instruments that are going to imagine your vision and make it possible for you to get there. Your body is the tool that’s going to take appropriate action along the way. Why wouldn’t you nourish them?
You need to be able to stand in front of a mirror naked and accept yourself for who you are. Be comfortable in your own skin and really get to know yourself – focus on what makes you special and acknowledge what makes you great.
You are a champion! You have countless strengths and an infinite number of possibilities lie before you. Imagine investing in these strengths and enhancing your abilities.
This is about recognizing the worth within yourself so you can see it come to fruition all around you in the external world. You’re the one who ascribes yourself value. You are your greatest asset.
Find a Mentor
The best thing I have ever done in every field that I have wanted to excel in has been to get myself a mentor.
Even back in college, when first starting out in strength and conditioning, I went and asked if I could learn from the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wyoming. I worked with the 6am athletes and soon learned it was the best thing I could have done to get practical experience towards my exercise sports science degree.
I did the same thing during my first internship after college. I was speaking with a person at the health club I was interning at and they told me about a strength coach, Mike Boyle, who was the Boston Bruins’ strength coach at the time, running strength and conditioning camps for kids in Burlington, MA. After the conversation, I immediately drove to Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning and asked where Mike was. I walked right up to him and told him my situation. I asked if I could intern for him. He said yes and the rest is history.
After that, I wanted to learn more, so I did a mentorship at the Institute for Human Performance in Boca-Rotan, Florida, under Juan Carlos Santana. He entirely changed the way I looked at strength and conditioning, and paved the way for all the successful work I did with clients in the years that followed.
In personal safety, I researched everyone I could find and through my studies I came across a gentleman named Tony Torres. I contacted him and flew him out so I could do multiple certifications with him. In terms of becoming an expert in personal safety, no one accelerated my progress more than Tony.
It was just when I needed a change in my life that I stumbled upon Brian Rose from London Real Academy. I saw an interview he conducted with a gentleman named Peter Sage, a renowned public speaker and expert in personal development. It blew my mind. I knew I had to contact Peter because he had what I wanted – a better understanding of life and how to live it on my terms. I contacted Peter’s office and got the last spot in his first Elite Mentorship Forum, which changed my life.
Peter led me to one of his own mentors, the multi-billionaire entrepreneur Errol Abramson, who got me laser-focused on my passion. Errol has taught me a few things that will stick in my head for the rest of my life. I’ll never forget him saying, “If I did it all over again, I would dream bigger!”
I was open to other opportunities that came thick and fast out of leftfield after that point. Meeting Scott Mann, an ex-Green Beret and leadership expert, was one such opportunity. I first heard of Scott from a friend I bumped into at a store! From the first mention of him, I knew I had to learn more and ended up speaking to him on the phone. I went on to enter his Pathfinder Mastermind/Coaching Program and haven’t looked back. Scott has helped me become a better communicator and leader. He arrived at the exact time that I needed those skills in my life.
The moral of the story is that there is so much value to be unlocked through investing in yourself. Find a mentor, someone you want to model or learn from, and it will shorten your learning curve. Make sure you actually listen to them, take appropriate action, implement what they teach you and be proactive, no matter what it is that you do in life, and you will be amazed at what a catalyst they can be to your success.
Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself. Don’t be scared of a financial commitment. That will only help load the negative side of the scale and stop you from doing something that could change your life. On the other side of the coin, investing in yourself will boost your accountability and propel you toward your vision; it’s only natural that you’ll have more motivation to get the value out of something when you’ve ascribed value to it up front. And if you’re motivated to get the value out of it, you’ll get it!
Exercise: Invest in Yourself
Is there anyone in your current sphere of influence that you admire? This doesn’t have to be someone you know personally – it could just be someone you’ve heard about and then researched. Are they achieving the kind of success you want make your reality? Or is there a specific thing they’ve done that you wish you knew how to implement in your own life?
Finding the right mentor might not actually involve any money – it might just be a commitment in terms of time and effort. There are so many people out there who are willing to help and generous with their time and expertise. So many people who’ve discovered a route to success, or learnt how to do something remarkable and are fired up to pass it on. Like I said in the beginning – it’s not the kind of thing you keep to yourself! Sometimes, all you have to do is ask the question and you’ll discover your greatest teacher.
You might not want to enter a formal mentorship program – perhaps you just want the answer to one burning question, or perhaps you want to speak with someone on a regular basis about what you’re putting into practice, go over your progress and brainstorm next steps. My challenge to you is this: Find the person or people you feel could be the catalyst for your success, and just ask for a piece of their time. If the person’s time has a price, or you identify a course you feel would be beneficial, then take the leap – invest in it. You’ll be investing in your greatest asset – yourself.