Some people hear the word "invest"and think "money". And while it's a portion of what we call having skin in the game, it's not all. Heck, it's not even most.
Think about it. The more you give to someone or something, the more you care and will care, right? If you invest your hard-earned money in a project, and I mean a large percentage of your money, you're going to do everything you can to make sure that project works, right?
One would think so. But time after time, I see people who spend money on material possessions, like a car, and then neglect to do the basic maintenance to keep it running properly.
And it's not just the money, is it? I mean, the car is supposed to get you safely from one place to another; and if you've got kids, it's supposed to do that with your most precious of cargo.
Yet, so many let the basics like new tires, brakes, or even just oil changes go. And it's not just their cars. Homes, relationships, and even their own body's needs are neglected.
Some people are just coasting, getting by by doing the bare minimum. And those folks aren't invested. Not fully.
They try the latest diets, they paint over stains, they gloss over the imperfections in their lives without ever really trying to address the issue. Bandaids with no medicine.
Bandaids do a good job of covering wounds, and sometimes the body will heal itself, but oftentimes, you need more. You might need Neosporin or some other antibiotic, or stitches,.. you get the drift.
I don't know why I felt the need to share this - maybe I just needed to vent. I've been witnessing too many people lately who just coast by- their lives JUST good enough so they don't make lasting changes. And that frustrates me.
I've seen folks invest their hard-earned money into a fitness program, show up 5 times, and quit. Or worse, they continue to show up but only half-ass their way through it. Or worse yet, ignore the expert's advice - the one they just paid, while blaming that expert for their failure.
They aren't investing in themselves. They are looking for magic bullets to fix their lives, to fix their self-esteem. When really, all they need to do is realize that they are worth it.
You are worth the work. You are worth the money. You are worth the sacrifice it takes to get better, healthier, smarter, and happier.
I wish all people could get a glimpse of what life could truly be, how much potential they have, and how giving of themselves - to themselves and to others - can improve everything.
What holds you back? What do you plan on doing about it?