Invest in Yourself!

  • Invest in Yourself!

Invest in Yourself!

Invest in Yourself!  An interesting phenomenon regarding how people think about themselves has been revealing itself to me lately.  When potential clients are seeking my services, they typically start with one of two questions.  Either they ask, “How much do your services cost?” or they ask “What can you teach me?”  I’ve noticed that each of these questions is indicative of a particular mindset in the questioner.  The first person is heavily focused on expense and oftentimes has a scarcity mentality, believing there isn’t enough to go around.  The second person is focused on benefits and oftentimes has an abundance mentality, believing investing in him/herself is the main way to move forward in life.

I confess to having been the “how much does it cost?” person in the past.  Now, being more of the “what do I get for my investment?” person, I think I can offer some unique ways to shift your focus so you, too, can enjoy the benefits of investing in yourself.  The primary difference between the two is the focus on outcome.  The first person is focused on a potential outcome of loss, “What am I going to be paying?” whereas the second person is focused on an outcome of gain, “What am I going to get for my investment?”  Given the energetic law that what we focus on expands, guess what each person is likely to experience!  So a simple way to change your outcome is to change your focus:  focus on the success you are investing in and you will experience success.

This discussion also lends itself to looking at how much people value themselves.  I’ve noticed that those who ask the cost question oftentimes don’t place much value on themselves.  Those who ask the question about what they will be learning are often highly motivated and see themselves as worthy of receiving the fruits of their investment.

My goal here is to just begin planting some seeds in your awareness of how your perspective on what you are paying for makes a huge difference in what you will get out of it.  Take a little time to look at your perspective:  are you a “what is this going to cost me?” person or a “what will I gain from my investment?” person?  It is well worth your INVESTMENT of time and energy to determine this and make the necessary changes if it isn’t what you would like it to be.  Isn’t the rest of your life satisfaction worth that investment?

 

About the Author:

Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum
Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum is a holistic coach and clinical psychologist who believes people are capable of far more than they think they are.

4 Comments

  1. Tina Games January 22, 2015 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Excellent distinction, Bonnie! ~ I love the word “invest” over “spend.” It carries a more positive energy and it feels much more expansive. 🙂

  2. Pam Kachelmeier MA, PC, LC January 23, 2015 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Great blog post Bonnie; You hit the nail on the head with “The first person is focused on a potential outcome of loss, “What am I going to be paying?” whereas the second person is focused on an outcome of gain, “What am I going to get for my investment?” I too use to be in the first person…not anymore. I choose to be in a investment mindset,

  3. Christine January 25, 2015 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    The way questions are asked will always sway the answers. Asking better questions results in better and more useful questions. Thanks for planting the seeds for all to shift their perspective.

  4. Teena January 30, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Bonnie – I can’t agree more how important investing in yourself is essential to one’s personal growth and profound change physically, mentally and emotionally!

    Teena
    http://www.ignitelovenow.com

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