As you read this, how much effort are you putting into it? Are you relaxed? Or tense and conscious of the time it is taking you? Are you reading it slowly because you are interested? Or scanning through because you have a to-do list as long as your arm and you should really be getting on with something else?
How much effort do you put into the following areas of your life?:
- Work/business/career/running a home?
- Your partner/children?
- Your friends and wider family?
- Your hobbies and interests?
- Your self and your own personal development?
Would I be right in saying that the majority of your efforts go into the first three categories? Have you ever stopped to consider why this is? Is it because you believe it is “selfish” to put your interests and your self before others? Is it because you “don’t have the time” to think about your self, let alone actually have hobbies and interests?
If you have just read the above and agreed with even some of it, then just stop for a moment and think (yes, you can spare a moment). Whose life are you living? Your bosses? Your clients? Your childrens? Husbands? Parents? … or Yours? Who is the only person who can ever really know exactly what it is that ensures your happiness, peace of mind, contentment? And who is the only person who should really be expected to put in the time and commitment to ensure that happiness, peace of mind and contentment?
Putting a little effort into You will help to build your resilience, improve your self-esteem, your mood, your health and your relationships, it will have a dramatic effect on the whole of your life.
Food for thought … it just takes a little effort. Every now and then take the above five categories and turn them upside down … It will do you good!