What is the most valuable asset in your life?
You see, most people would answer this thinking their most valuable asset would either be their house, their car or their job.
To me personally, I don’t believe that this is the case. To me, I believe the most valuable asset you can ever have in your life is yourself.
Let me go into this further..
Four years ago, I thought my most valuable asset was my career. I thought to myself that if I put my job first and focused on working hard to climb my way up the corporate ladder, I would no doubt achieve financial and long term success.
I spent all my time investing solely into building up my career. Although it is important to focus on your career, I however allowed it to take full control over my life. I spent days on end working overtime, sacrificing my health and my time to work hard so that one day, I could finally say to myself ‘ I MADE IT!’.
But during this time, I was starting to lose a sense of who I was and what my purpose was in life. I was blinded by my everyday demands being in a job for the sake of financial security and had allowed work to take control over all aspects of my life.
I had allowed it to take control over ME.
When I got made redundant after 2 years of working in that job, I found myself back to square one with no job and no income coming through. All this time I realized that I was not investing in anything other than the same old paycheck every month, doing things that didn’t maximize my own value but rather doing things that I was simply just told to do.
I realized then and there that my job was not my most valuable asset, if anything it wasn’t an asset at all. It was a job that could hopefully build into something that could generate me a decent income as long as I stayed in that job. My job was just a job, one that would stop serving me when I decide to quit doing it.
And it did, it had stopped serving me.
I came to realize that instead of investing all my time towards working in a job, one that didn’t contribute towards maximizing my own personal value, I needed to start investing in myself.
I needed to understand that I was my most important and valuable asset and that in order to increase my own personal value to society, I needed to focus on myself first.
After this revelation.. I started to take the time to work on myself by learning new skill sets, surrounding myself with leaders and entrepreneurs that inspired me, focusing on my personal growth and taking on great opportunities that could ultimately serve me in the long run.
I had learnt how to build inherent value in myself, value that can serve me far better than a job could ever do so and one that could open new doors and opportunities for me to grow.
By investing in myself, I was able to replace my corporate job with a business that I love. It’s a business that challenges me, inspires me and enables me to grow, it’s a business that serves me both financially and emotionally but most importantly, it’s a business that gives me the opportunity to serve others.
The reason why I am sharing you this story today is because whether you know it or not, you are your own greatest asset.
Don’t let your career or your job define who you are.
By investing in yourself, you are not only adding value to your career, but you are unquestionably adding value to yourself, which is the best investment you could ever make for yourself!
It will start to expand your potential horizons and offer you countless of opportunities for you to grow and become successful. More importantly, it will allow you to live a life based on your own values, needs and wants.
I know this because if I had solely remained invested in my job, I would still be working late nights at my cubicle hoping to one-day advance in my career.
If I didn’t take that chance to invest in myself, I would never be where I am today, building a business that I not only love but one that has ultimately allowed me to pursue the things that matter to me most, which in this case is my love for travel 🙂
I cannot reiterate how important it is to invest in yourself first, not in whatever might give you another inch in whatever happens to be your current career path. If you truly want to be successful in life, you need to become more than just someone filling in a slot in a company and only doing what you are told to do.
Once you start to understand that you are your greatest asset, go out there and take full control of your own life! Investing in yourself is the key to living a life of meaning and purpose and to me, it is the best investment that you could ever make for yourself.
To your success and happiness,
Merrilee Watson – Co Founder of Lifestyle By My Own Design
What is the single best way to stay motivated and energised every single day? How do highly successful people maintain their motivation and continue to chase their toughest goals through an entire year?
It’s something I ask myself every time I feel demotivated and to be honest it’s been happening quite frequently lately.
I’ve read blogs, listened to podcasts and reflected on what holds me back from my goals on a day to day basis. After gathering all this information, I came up with a solution which I would love to share with you.
I noticed that all these points below had played a big part in demotivating me from my dreams, visions, actions and achieving a higher level of success… you may laugh, but it’s definitely true.
I become a grumpy, tired person when I don’t get enough sleep. This leads to negativity. I also eat practically anything handed to me- this includes any fatty foods which then consumes my energy. My sleep, diet, and exercise are all interlinked.
2. A healthy diet
Yes, fatty foods make you tired and sleepy, unfortunately. I noticed that when I eat healthy nutritional food, I become more energised and motivated! I’m more proud of myself and I automatically motivate myself.
I know what your thinking… How could exercise possibly motivate you? As much as I wish it weren’t true, it really does keep you motivated. Exercising releases chemicals in your brain which then help you sustain motivation. I struggle to get to the gym, but the moment I’m done my session I really do feel great about myself which then reflects on my day.
4. Surround yourself with people who motivate you
this is one of the best things you can do to keep you focussed and accountable. My business partner Merrilee picks me up 3 days a week and drags me down to the gym with her, she has the same gaols and I know I can’t chicken out because I would be letting her down. I know it’s sometimes easier to let yourself, but the moment someone else counts on you… it’s harder to let them down.
5. Take breaks
Finally something that’s easy to do. Studies have shown that by taking breaks the brain refreshes and focus is at a higher level.
6. Good Habits
This one’s in bold because it is so important to replace bad habits with good ones. We subconsciously do day to day activities where our mind is not fully present because we have already created these habits. The moment I change my habit of watching tv to reading a book or watching a motivational video, maintaining motivation will be much easier. The choices we make play a big part in our future success.
The FOCUS & EVERY DAY EFFORT you put into your actions will determine the amount of motivation pumped back into your body.
Make sure have a daily/weekly routine and that you reflect on improvement.
The reason why Olympians and highly successful people sustain their motivation is because most people think they need motivation and the effort comes. It’s with a daily effort that momentum comes.
Does motivation inspire the effort? No, it doesn’t! Don’t wait for the motivation to go out and take action. I always thought it was the other way round until I understood that taking action first is so much more rewarding and that it will keep me motivated.
A Higher Purpose
Despite the innate power of goal setting, a longer lasting fuel for motivation is having a higher purpose. The concept of knowing your “Why” is your true purpose or belief that inspires you. Whether your motivation is to lose weight, stop smoking, get out of debt or launch a new business, ask yourself “why” you want to do that. In fact, ask several why’s in a row and you might be surprised at your answer.
Don’t let internal negativity surround you, challenge yourself to become the best you can be and think positive thoughts throughout each day.
Keep striving for success,
I woke up this morning to a notification on Facebook sharing a memory of this exact day last year.
It was a photo capturing the very first event held in Las Vegas that I have ever been apart of since joining the Six Figure Mentors. It was also the very first time visiting America and is to this date one of the most unforgettable trips of my life!
This memory reminds me of what an amazing year it’s been..
Looking back a year ago, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if I didn’t continuously surround myself with people who challenged me, inspired me to reach new heights and encourage me to be the best version of myself.
These events have personally been extremely life changing and helpful to me.
I attend these events to not only surround myself with some of the most successful entrepreneurs and 7 figure business owners of whom I have learnt so much from to be where I am today, but also a fantastic community of people who have chosen to challenge the status quo, pursue their dreams and truly live a life of greatness.
It’s these people and events that I continually surround myself around that have played a tremendous role towards my success to this date.
A year ago, I was shy, very reserved and I didn’t believe I had greatness within me to become a powerful leader.
This year was the year that I had really stepped out of my shell.. I started to become fully self expressed and I had finally built the courage to pursue those things that really drive and excite me in life without a care in the world about what others would think or say about me.
This year was the year where I found myself and I don’t think I would be where I am today, being my own independent boss if I didn’t take the risk to leave everything that didn’t contribute towards my growth.
I’m venting out today because I know everyone has greatness within them.
That one event last year enabled me to really discover my greatness. And since that day, I have been growing everyday and working towards reaching my fullest potential.
So start attending events that will challenge your way of thinking, be open to developing yourself mentally, physically and emotionally and start hanging out with people who inspire and challenge you to grow.
I know very well that YOU TOO have greatness within you and so I want you to start taking the action towards achieving it today!
Enjoy your weekend ahead 🙂
Till next time,