Welcome back to Day #14 of the 30 Day Challenge to Invest in Yourself First. Yesterday we considered the importance of being GENTLE, first with ourselves and then with others around us. The way we perceive ourselves has a direct impact on our financial wellness. As we begin to practice the art of being gentle and kind, our thoughts and actions towards others becomes more open.
During the TIME blocks you invest in yourself each week – with the goal of setting aside at least 5% of your time or 5 hours – you will begin to experience a clearer focus of what you want to be about. Your goals and the path ahead will take shape. This clarity will give you a better understanding of how best to invest your TIME and MONEY. You will be able to better discern what to hold on to and what to let go.
Over time this clarity will provide you the opportunity to become more GENEROUS with your TIME and MONEY. Rather than spending limited resources without thought, your new focus will allow you to give with intention and purpose. The word ‘generous” comes from the same root word as “gentle” – belonging to a clan, tribe, noble, courageous .
To become GENEROUS you must first become GENTLE. Only from intentional acts of kindness and respect towards others will you develop generosity. If your actions come from an intention to show authority and influence then you will expect something in return. There’s nothing wrong with having that intention, especially in your area of expertise. It’s important to be clear about your intentions towards others – whether you are lavishing kindness or establishing a position.
Financial Wellness comes from living a life that reflects your core values and beliefs while optimizing the skills and resources you have to meet your needs. Financial Strength comes from intentionally leveraging your skills and expertise to build wealth. Chasing Financial Strength without having Financial Wellness can lead to unnecessary stress, anxiety, risks and broken relationships.