This is an interesting question. If you could write a check today to achieve any one of your goals, would you do it? Of course you would. The problem is, too often we don’t. Something gets between our wallets and our hearts. Today, let’s talk about that “something.”
A few months ago, my parents were up for a visit. One morning, I was having a cup of coffee with my Dad and I mentioned an opportunity to attend an upcoming coaching course. It’s a rigorous training program to become a certified Gallup Strengths Coach. It costs $7500.
I love Gallup’s products, especially the StrengthsFinder assessment. The assessment has shaped my life in so many ways. I like it so much that I have all my clients take it before our coaching sessions.
Gallup has some other unique products too. I read their book First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, before taking my current position. From that book I learned about the Q12 assessment: 12 questions Gallup asked 25 million employees worldwide to measure employee engagement. They determined only 13% of the workplace is engaged and offered a strategy to increase engagement.
Gallup looks through mountains of data to determine essential factors that get results. Their ideas are revolutionary and sometimes unconventional. They challenge the status-quo. That’s probably what I like most about them.
When I mentioned the coaching course to my Dad, I shrugged it off and said something like “it’s too expensive.” I told him I could learn just as much from their books and that I wanted to save my money to buy a shed this year.
I’ll never forget his response.
“FORGET THE SHED!” he yelled across the table.
If I remember correctly, I think he also slammed his fist down on the table when he said it.
Later that night, my wife and I went out to one of our favorite restaurants. While enjoying a cocktail, I told her about the coaching course. I had no idea what her reaction would be. I figured she would think it was too expensive, just like I had.
She actually thought it was a great idea and told me to go for it.
Through this experience, I’ve learned that “I” am my best investment. And “you” are your best investment. Not your car, shed, investment portfolio, or even your house. First, fund yourself. Then, fund your lifestyle.
You may have a similar dilemma. Maybe there is a conference you want to attend or a class you want to take. But it’s “too expensive.” Today, I encourage you to go for it. Make the investment. You won’t be disappointed.
“FORGET THE SHED!” as my Dad would say.
Maybe you’re afraid it won’t work out. What’s the worst that can happen? If you can live with that, go for it. Your return will be exponential.
This is the key to having an “abundance” mindset. And this is the mindset you must have to live your life to the fullest.
If you’re not willing to trade a material comfort for something you “really” want, then how badly do you really want it?
I booked my trip last weekend. It cost a lot but my goal is worth it. I’m worth it.
And you are too.
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