Pay Yourself First.

But in life.

If you’ve ever read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki, you’ve heard this phrase before. He uses this term to explain the importance of putting away a set amount of your paycheck/income to save/invest automatically as soon as it comes in.

Thankfully, my parents taught me this concept before I ever had a job.

But I’ve recently realized this shouldn’t apply to just saving/investing money, but should also apply to anything in life that you want to do beyond your career. Working 60+ hours a week, I often come home, tired, and think something like, “I’ll write my next blog post tomorrow.” or “After I finish doing [insert some huge task that I’ve been putting off] I’ll read a chapter of my book about different coaching methods.”

So… it’s been five months since my last blog post. And for whatever reason, I’ve now realized that I have to put aspirations for myself before work.

And the crazy reality is, when you’re a high performer at work, your results won’t waiver. You’ll find a way to get the work done that you’re supposed to do. You’re working all day anyway, so whatever you need to take a break to do, work will still be there.

The other things in life that you want to be a priority to you—you actually have to make a priority. It’s as simple as that.

Another interesting thing I’ve realized about this-is the extraneous and super helpful things that I do to help myself with my life—for instance using the beautiful, thoughtfully crafted planner that organizes MY life, or my habit tracker that ensures I’m living a healthier lifestyle are the first things to go when I’m “too busy” or “too stressed” to handle all the things that are coming my way.

It’s like a wild predator is hunting me, and I’m stressed about it so I put down my bow and arrow and try to run faster instead of using the tools I have at my disposal to help myself!

Well, no more. I’m picking my tools back up and ensuring I’m using them and prioritizing them ABOVE my work so that I can be even more prepared for whatever comes my way!

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