I always thought I loved myself…until one day I realized how little I invested into ME.
If someone needed help with an idea they had, I’d spend hours researching, watching YouTube videos & reading articles on how to make it happen.
I’d push, encourage and motivate them to do it, stretching the fibers of my brain with innovative methods of ways to reach their goal.
But when it came to my ideas, my dreams or goals…I was chillin’. I was investing into everyone else’s purpose but my own.
Well I guess I could blame it on being naturally wired to help others and advise them on what to do with their lives. I mean, “God, You made me this way so it’s not my fault I’m running around chasing other’s dreams, right?”
The gifts, talents and skills God gave us are not just here for the benefit of others, they should also be benefiting you. The definition of benefit is something that is advantageous or good. Advantageous is defined as “involving or creating favorable circumstances that increase the chances of success or effectiveness”.
Your gifts, talents and skills should create favorable circumstances that increase your chances of success!!!
This year, I decided that I was going to be a little more selfish. I remember telling my mom and she looked at me like I was crazy, because I guess it does sound crazy lol. Who says they want to be selfish?? But my sister knew exactly what I meant by saying that. I give and give and give and while I help you become the next Michael Jackson, I’m here, the fifth-cousin removed by marriage that no one has even heard of. No Bueno.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proberbs 13:12 NLT)
An important part of self-care is fulfilling those dreams and purposes that are inside of you. When you feel fulfilled, you’re happier, you have a reason to live, you’re optimistic and you can help those around you better. If a dream fulfilled is a tree of life, then is it safe to say that a dream unfulfilled is a dried-up, withered, crusty tree? I don’t know about you but I want to be a tree of life!
Here are 5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Care by Investing in Yourself!
- Gain Knowledge
Research, study, Google, YouTube, practice whatever it is you want to work on. We live in the information age. There are no excuses to not become knowledgeable about your dream.
- Glean from Others
Glean means to extract from various sources. Extract what you need from those around you. If someone is really good at organization or web design, seek them out and glean what you need. Ask for help! It’s ok.
- Give Yourself Time
Rome was not built in one day. You cannot get your Ph. D in a week. You cannot become the next makeup guru in a month. Give yourself time.
- Generate Results
Produce something. You shouldn’t be sitting around saying, “Well Christine said to give myself time, so I’m just giving myself more time to produce something. All my ideas are in my head so I’m just waiting.” Uh excuse me, but you’ve been waiting since 1925. Get a move on it!
- Get some R&R
I mentioned in Part 1 of this Self-Care series that you need to give yourself a break! Invest in yourself by giving yourself some REAL rest & relaxation. Go to the beach, plan a staycation, turn your phone off and have a movie day. Do something where you disconnect and recharge. You’ll return refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to fulfill purpose.
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