Why you should invest in yourself instead of a new watch

Why am I saying this?

Putting the time and money toward investing in yourself will help you go further than you ever thought of. By analysing your strengths and weaknesses, you can then plan on tackling those things you want to improve. For example, do you want to improve your financial situation? Instead of complaining about it.. use your power of action now. Learn how to invest, or learn how you can manage your finances better. Action is better than talking about it.

Pursuing your passions lifts your self confidence in a good way, because it makes you feel grounded and teaches you a lot more than just the passion that you are following. You’re also not following the crowd and just doing things to fit in, you’re actually taking back control of your life and wielding your mind!

Plan your passion!

It’s a good idea to set aside some time during the week to plan on how you want to tackle your passion. If you don’t know what your passions are then start writing down your interests or things that you would like to learn. From there you can pick one thing to do! It’s important that you also define how far you want to take it, if you wanted to have a ripped body, then define what that is for you. Don’t under any circumstances let someone else define the end goal for you. Just make sure that it challenges you and that you will enjoy the process of doing it.

Writing down a quick checklist is a great way of planning and helps puts things in perspective a little bit. Let’s say that you really want to learn how to cook, write a to do list that you can keep ticking off each week. So your to do list might say:

  • List all cuisines that you want to learn to cook
  • List some of the dishes in each cuisine that you want to cook in
  • Pick one dish and find a recipe that you understand
  • Cook the chosen dish one night this week
  • And so on…

You can keep adding to the list as you go since you just want your passion to drive you instead of it feeling like a chore! You don’t have to do all of the above in one day if you don’t have the time, you can even do each one every other day or even once a week. The point is that you are following your passion and you are learning something new, which means you are going outside of your comfort zone. It’s only here where we start to understand that we can really do what we set out to, no matter what the goal is.

Now I am not saying you shouldn’t ever buy a watch, on the contrary, I like watches. I used the watch as an example of modern day capitalism, where we buy things instead of investing in ourselves. When you start to invest in yourself, you start to understand that you are very powerful and that you have an opportunity to change things around you. That is truly a wonderful gift to understand!

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How to walk like a leader

Everything you project to the world is developed consciously or subconsciously. The fact that you can train yourself to do certain behaviours subconsciously means that you can really wield your mind and use it to your advantage.

There is no better example of this than walking. How you walk can really make a difference to how you feel about yourself. People walk with their head down when they are in thought, or slouch if they feel upset. So in these cases, your mental frame of mind has affected your physical. Like I say a lot, your physical state affects your mental state. So, when you walk as if you have a purpose, then you feel strong and begin to walk like a leader. Like nothing can stop you.

This also has the added side effect that you will look like a person with intent and people will respect you for that.

I’ve compiled a checklist for you to make sure that you’re walking like you mean business! This is what I go through in my mind when I sometimes find myself slouching slightly. I usually keep a mental checklist of these points but you can easily write them down:

Face full of purpose

Firstly, you need to believe that you have a purpose in life, which you do. Like you belong in this world and are unapologetic about it, like the mountains that stand tall. You want to relax your face by exhaling, have a very slight smile and enjoy your walk.

Check the head

Make sure that your head is upright and looking forward toward your destination. The chin should be parallel to the ground.

Ground yourself!

Relaxing your shoulders so they’re being pushed down by gravity will help ground you, don’t forcefully do this as it’s supposed to feel comfortable. Slightly push your chest out, again this should feel natural and comfortable, you don’t want to put a strain on your lower back.

Straight spine

Your spine needs to be straight and aligned, so that means no hunched backs! It also helps if you push your head to the sky, it’ll help straighten that spine out.

Sure footed

With every step that you take, you want to feel like you are planting it down and making your mark. Be sure of yourself and you become a leader in your own mind. Own each step as if each step you are marking down your legacy.

Be you and be natural

Above all, keep in mind that, although you may find that you will feel slightly uncomfortable in the beginning (depending on how differently you walk), if you start to feel any pains, stop doing it because you may not be executing it correctly, it’s probably best to talk to your physio or book an osteopathy appointment.

Although, this may all seem a little over the top, it starts the process of ultimate self belief, because if you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Your internal dialogue will go from self defeating to self uplifting.