Why It Is Important To Treat Yourself In Life

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you come first

You Come First: Why It Is Important To Treat Yourself In Life

Good morning, good day, and good evening. As usual, I hope that you are all having an amazing day so far. I know we are just starting the week, but I want you to do me a favor. At some point this week, I want you to go out and do something nice for yourself. Go out and buy yourself something that you normally wouldn’t buy, or go do something fun for yourself that you normally wouldn’t do. It doesn’t matter what it is, just go treat yourself. Why? Because it is important to realize that you come first, and because it is important to treat yourself.

See, we all have a crack in our armour. That crack might be due to money, social enjoyment, or low self esteem. Whatever it might be, it prevents us from enjoying the simplest of things in life. So much so that forget to reward ourselves. All of the hours that we spend working during the week are just going are pointless when we do not reward ourselves. Not only is this going to take away any sense of enjoyment in our lives, but we are also going to lack motivation to pursue anything new.

Alright, I am not going to lie to you, I have many cracks. For me, I have saved every penny that I have, I eat as healthy as I can eat, and I try to stay as grounded as I can. When it comes to the reasoning of why I do not treat myself as much as I probably should, it is because of fear. This sense of fear has set into my mind that prevents me from spending large amounts of money, and prevents me from eating too many unhealthy foods. There has always been this thought in my head that if I don’t have money and if I am not fit, then I will be seen as a failure. This is the farthest thing from the truth.

Let me ask you a question. What good does it do to work as hard as we do if we never reward ourselves? It doesn’t do any good. While we work as hard as we do in life, it is also important to put yourself first in life. When we forget to reward ourselves, we are depriving ourselves from the simplest of things, which can lead to unhealthy habits. Deprivation leads to frustration, resentment, regret, and ultimately, burnout. We are not going to be able to do right for others when we can’t even do right by ourselves.

In a fast paced world around us, take a moment and recognize that you are worth of rewards. Telling yourself that you come first and doing something nice for yourself is the ultimate reset button that your body and mind need. It boosts motivation, boosts energy, boosts the desire to achieve long-term goals, and the most important of all, it boosts your self-esteem.

Imagine it this way, if nobody wished you a happy birthday, odds are that you would feel pretty low. Well, that is what you are doing when you never treat yourself. When you never treat yourself, you are basically reinforcing the idea that you are not worthy enough and that you do not deserve and reward for your efforts. I think that is the biggest crock of you know what…. We are all worthy in life gifts in life and we all deserve only the best.  

In the US, the average lifespan is around 76 years old and slightly increasing each year. After 76 years of life, then what? Those 6 packs abs that you and I are focusing our lives around, they are not going to come with us when we die. The money that you and I have worked so hard to save isn’t going to come with us. The only things that will come with us is the legacy that we left behind, and the regret of the things that we deprive ourselves of in life.

Don’t live a life that you will regret, live a life that you will be proud of. Do something that makes you happy, and reward yourself for the beautiful, hardworking, and amazing person that you truly are. If it means spending money, do it. If it means experiencing something that you want to experience, do it. Always remember that you come first, and how important it is to treat yourself in the only life that you live.

Michael Bonnell

7/16/2018

 

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