18 Feb Value and Invest In Yourself First|You Deserve It
We spend years studying to prepare for our careers but little time knowing who we are and why we are here!
Without proper self-awareness as regards our purpose, personality and priorities, we live an examined life. Then at the end of our lives, we look back and realize we missed what matters most.
Take a day off. Switch off all noise – TV, Phone, laptop, people – and be by yourself. That can be scary if it’s your first time. Then, start seeking answers about who you are, why you are here, what and who you need to accomplish your goals. If you can do this weekly, the better!
Life is too short to leave it to chance.
For starters, we must all pay attention to the physical, mental, spiritual and social aspects of our lives. For instance, a worker who rarely gets enough sleep at night over months will eventually harm their body. A person who has no time for family and friends harms themselves too! Neglecting one of these aspects of life can wreck your life.
Stop and take care of yourself first. My mentor Dr Yaw Perbi often shares that when there is a cabin pressure problem in a plane, the first instruction is to put on your mask first. If you don’t, you won’t be in a position to help others.
You’ve invested time and money in many things, when will you invest in your growth? You may have to buy books, listen to speakers or even hire a coach to achieve certain goals. You may have to take the DISC to determine your personality style and how it determines your behavior and communication.
Whatever it takes to grow yourself and become the person God created you to be, it’s worth it. You deserve to invest in yourself too!
The more you understand, appreciate and love yourself, the more intentionally you’ll live and love others.
Hirwa G. Israel is a child of God, married to Damalie and blessed with two girls. His life assignment is to teach and disciple Christians to maturity, and to equip and coach leaders to accomplish God’s purpose in their generation. He serves as the CEO of The Hud Group Uganda and COO of YAW PERBI Executive Education.