Thoughts on personal development: How to invest in yourself in 2022

Mercury is in retrograde along with the rest of the planetary shifts currently occurring until we enter into February. I entered 2022 with elevated energy and determination to succeed in my projects. However, life happens, and most times, we have to pivot. 

I continue to learn that we can invest in ourselves along the way. So why do most of us feel guilty about doing it? Investing in one’s self can be in any way that makes you feel empowered to take action toward being a better version of YOU. This can be financially, physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. Life evolves with twists and turns, but it doesn’t seem to get any easier. Even with an abundant mindset and all the law of attraction practices, you’ll find that chaos still stirs. It’s nearly the end of January, and I acknowledge that some of you are going through it already. I send my best vibes to you. Just trust the process. Sometimes, as much as you feel powerless, you have to find a way to be empowered. This is when you choose to invest in yourself wisely.

First, take some time out and breathe. Take three deep breaths with your hands in your heart centre, and just let the energy flow through your body as you breathe in deep breaths and slowly blow it out. Now, sit or stand in that space of stillness and listen to yourself. What is it that you need right now? What are you feeling? Bring your awareness to your needs and create time to meet them. Only you will know your needs, and only you can create the space to meet them.

When you are working to connect with yourself, remember that it is important to set healthy boundaries to protect yourself from outside forces. Your mental health, time and energy are precious assets. Learn when to say no and stick to it, be aware of where you need to invest your time and with whom. When it comes to financing, ensure that what you choose to invest in for yourself is within your means and always do your research. The same goes for your health. When you feel unwell, don’t hesitate to reach out to a licensed practitioner or therapist for support.

For a quick pivot into self-empowerment, find the below ideas on how to invest in yourself this year.

Read a book

Whether you’re into fiction or self-help, there are a plethora of books to help you get to where you want to be. You can start with my short ebook Make Words Your Friend: How to use the power of motivational language to achieve your business goals and succeed in your creative ventures. An easy guide.

I have a copy of The Cat out of Hell by Lynn Truss that I always read when I’m in a funk.

Invest in a hair treatment/ change your hairstyle

New year, new you.

Invest in your personal development

If you’re self-employed, this is an excellent time to find resources to teach you more about your field. You can also speak to your HR department about available personal development courses and resources at work. If you’re stuck, browse the web and watch a video to learn from many talented content creators on, you guessed it, youtube. Don’t forget to visit your local library too!

Embark on a journey of expressing self-love

Decide to go on a journey of self-discovery and self-love. Don’t be afraid to do activities alone, and in time you’ll probably find that you prefer your own company. (Whatever you do, always be safe).

Workout

Start a new workout regime that fits your physical level. Go slow and speak to your GP beforehand if you have pre-existing medical conditions.

Work with your budget

Take some time to go through your paperwork, bills and finance. Create a reasonable budget and stick to it. If you are struggling financially, research organisations for support. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of social media fantasies that have you questioning your worth and comparing your life to others. It’s not all real, and everyone’s facing their struggles. Focus on your own financial goals and develop a plan to reach them.

Nature

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Go outside and vibe with nature. It’s free. 

Until next time.

Thoughts on personal development: Simply exploring the power of choosing motivational language to win at life.

Today’s post will focus on your power of awareness and its role in choosing the correct language for your advancement. We often busy our days trying to fulfil tasks without paying attention to how we communicate in different situations. However, as intellectual beings, we have the power to choose, arrange and rearrange language to achieve our desired effects in all situations because if you study, look and listen carefully to words, you will understand that each one has the power to create or halt change.

Let’s begin with how language and words are powerful in relation to finance. I want to point your attention to phrases that you may often use.

‘I’m sorry I can’t do this activity this week, I don’t have any money.’

‘I can’t wait for payday, I’m so broke.’

The choice of words used here immediately limits your ability to be receptive to ways that money can actually flow to you. Thus automatically locking you in a lack mindset. You should understand that beyond the material world, money is currency, and currency is energy; therefore, energy does not rest in limit and lack. You just need to find a way to keep it flowing. By stating that you don’t have any money or that you’re broke, you’ve subconsciously stopped the flow of the energy of money into your life. So how do we change this? By removing low-vibrational words associated with lack mindset.

‘I’m on a budget this week, let’s plan this activity for next month where I can factor it into my budget, and we can have fun.’

‘Payday is around the corner. In the meantime, I will work with what I have. Next month I will ensure to manage my budget and cash-flow effectively.’

This does not automatically hand you money out of thin air but opens your mind to ways to manage your finances so that you’re not in the same situation next month. It nudges you to make a plan that factors your financial needs and eliminates dread and embarrassment. This concept can be applied to any aspect of your life, such as health and fitness, business and career, to how you manage your close relationships. Try to approach situations consciously and see solutions rather than focus on the negative aspect of problems.

Until next time.

Thoughts on personal development: The power of language – 3 Phrases to scrap from your vocabulary

Today’s post aims to bring awareness to your use of language. Communication is often misunderstood or misused, especially when we use specific negative language to talk to ourselves and others. Language is a powerful tool that can make or break your day. The words you choose have the opportunity to create a supportive community or conflict yet, sometimes we don’t even think twice about how we linguistically project ourselves to the world. We have the power to change ourselves, our reality and the world through the use of positive language by being conscious about what we consume and project. The following points are five words and phrases to be aware of and scrap from your vocabulary if you want to further pursue your self-development journey and create a reality you desire. 

‘I can’t do this’

When it comes to achieving your goals, trying something new or even working on personal confidence, it’s good to begin to train your subconscious mind by using firm words that opens enthusiasm and prompts action. Using the word ‘Can’t’ automatically creates a negative bias and diminishes your confidence when your aim is to take action. Unless you are using this word in a situation where you are creating firm boundaries, using this word illustrates unsureness about your ability to utilise your strength, will power and motivation. If you know that you have the skills and resources to help you reach your goals, using ‘can’t’ will stir up doubt and cause your efforts to falter. This will also give people the impression that you don’t trust yourself. It takes time, however, try to replace ‘I can’t do this’ with ‘I can do anything I put my mind to’ and eventually simply ‘I CAN do this.’

‘I hate this, that and everyone’

This is one of the most commonly used phrases, and I have to admit that I have used it a few times in testing situations. When you think about the word hate, it’s not necessarily a negative word but rather a low-vibration word. We often use it in frustration and low-vibrational situations. When you’re on a journey of self-development and expanding consciousness, you’ll begin to understand that we are all connected to each other and our surroundings. Suppose you are in a low-vibrational environment or situation; your goal is to raise your frequency so that you are unaffected by external factors and instead, have the ability to transmute the chaos into your lessons and gains. How will you learn about yourself if you constantly carry a funk in your heart that’s not even yours? How can you grow into your highest and best version of yourself doing what you love if you’re projecting hatred and spending your valuable energy on people and situations that don’t serve you? I’m not suggesting that we walk around pretending to love everything and everyone. However, changing the word ‘hate’ and associating it with empathy, understanding, and learning will become more productive for you when life gets chaotic. When you build anger, or you feel a dislike for something, try to explore ‘I’m not keen on this, but at least I have experienced it and can move on’ or by taking a breath and acknowledging why you feel this ‘hate’ so that you can address the uncomfortable within.

‘I am sick’

Yes, we all have days when we fall under the weather, and ailments plague us, but it’s worth noting that you become what you consistently tell yourself you are and feel. Some days you can’t deny that you’re unwell, especially when you are swamped with extra stress. Instead of declaring ‘I am sick’, try ‘I am healing and I will rest’. This will slowly lift your mood and place your mind in a receptive mode to find resources to make you feel better and heal. I am not a doctor, and this is not a replacement for a medical appointment but to help support your thoughts as your body heals. 

Remember that there are no golden formula or shortcuts to reach your goals and deal with situations along your journey. It’s all about perspective and changing angles to understand the lessons hidden in the chaos. Be aware of what you want to embody and what you put out in the world and onto others. Keep going and find ways to enjoy the experience.

Until Next time.

Thoughts on success: 5 ways to invest in yourself this month

April seems to be over in a flash, but there’s still time to address habits that no longer serve you and get your life in order. We have eased into spring, and nature is now active yet, some of you may still need support to shed the grogginess of winter and step into vitality. Below are the five ways you can invest in yourself this month and possibly for the long term.

Invest in a good notebook and pen

Yes, you read that right. We all have to-do lists, affirmations and thoughts to write and process as we go through the day. Investing in a good notebook and pen will make your journal moments a little more exciting and keep your brain more alert. Try Paperchase or Amazon.

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Invest in a workout video plan, app or gym equipment

It’s always a good time to take on a workout regime, whether it’s yoga, cardio, pilates, dance or exploring the outdoors. The beauty of today’s technology means that most times, you don’t really have to leave your house to get a good sweat on. If you have enough space, you can find some free workout videos on Youtube, purchase an app or some accessible home gym equipment. If you don’t have space or the funds, simply put on some comfortable shoes and go for a long walk.

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Invest in a holistic health treatment

If you have aches and pains that are managed with conventional medical care or simply just want to try something for your overall wellbeing, it’s worth looking into some holistic treatments that are widely available. Ensure to do your research on the treatments and practitioners, and speak with your doctor beforehand to ensure that your chosen treatment is right for you. These include acupunctureacupressurereflexology etc. A nice massage and meditation may also help you feel refreshed and balanced.

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Invest in a new piece of technology that allows you to work seamlessly

This can be a new phone, new laptop or anything that will help to streamline your workload and enhance your learning experience. If you’re stuck on a choice, you can find something useful here.

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Invest in a new meal plan that is healthy yet indulgent

The majority of us are foodies but also choose to stay healthy. This month you can try adding some new ingredients to your shopping list or invest in a new meal plan. There are plenty to choose from to have fresh ingredients for new recipes delivered to your doorstep. Try hellofresh or Gousto if you want fantastic meals but don’t want to spend too long in the kitchen.

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Until next time.

This post is NOT sponsored or affiliated by any of the products or organisations mentioned.

Thoughts on personal development: The importance of knowing your self-worth

How many times have you cut yourself short in this lifetime, hoping that one day someone will hand your success?
When you’re creating opportunities, It’s never easy to root yourself as a high-value asset that people would take seriously without feeling like you’re letting your ego lose control. Yet, you have to find a balance between your desire to be liked and your desire to be valued in the circle of life. People who like you won’t necessarily value your work or think that you’re worthy of success. This is why it’s crucial to think about what you’re contributing to the world and believe in your work. It’s essential to know your worth so that you don’t settle for less, which could potentially slow you down. To successfully achieve your goals in entrepreneurship and creative ventures, you need to have a level of self-delusion, that unrelenting belief in your craft that motivates you to keep evolving. As you continue to grow and learn from your mistakes and successes, make decisions that empower you to become the best version of yourself while working smarter to ensure that your goals are met effectively. If you don’t know your self-worth, it will become challenging to pitch your ideas. Hence, it opens an invitation for people to doubt you and for external factors to shake your foundation. Remember who you are.

Until next time.

Thoughts on success: Your dreams are yours and yours alone

It’s reasonable to think that because you support people in their business and creative ventures, that they would support yours too. The truth is, people are not all the same, and most wouldn’t choose to spend their money on buying your products and services if it isn’t in alignment with their lives. It’s important to understand that as much as you would like your friends, acquaintances and family to root their beliefs in your goals, most often, this won’t become a reality. The truth is, nobody can hold your dreams and goals with as much care as you. Nobody will push themselves towards the accomplishments of your success but you. YOU will put actions into motion towards your success, and only you will know the depth of your desires and motivation.

Take care of the self and keep going.

Until next time.

J.P. Mooney’s read of the month

In this riveting book, Wall Street Journal reporter Robert Frank explores the lives and lifestyles of a new breed of millionaires and billionaires – many of them self-made and from blue-collar backgrounds – and how this new gilded age is affecting wider society. Profiles of ‘instapreneurs’, dot-com billionaires, and eccentrics from the lower and upper reaches of Richistan take us into the rarified world of people like Ed Bazinet, who became a multi-millionaire by selling miniature ceramic villages, and Tim Blixseth, who earned billions by trading remote stretches of timberland. The influence wielded by the newly wealthy goes far beyond their earning power, and Frank also explores the lifestyles developing around them (butler schools and a new type of service employee, self-help groups for people worth $10 million or more) as well as where their money is going (the commodification of the art world, the rise of ‘market-driven’ philanthropy). As wealth creation becomes more and more globalised, Richistan looks behind the glitz to find the real story of new money and its impact on the world.

Regardless of whether you’re rich , dreaming of being rich or simply just want to peek through the lives of the wealthy, Richistan has illustrated great insight into the inner workings of new money.

Note, this is not a sponsored review of this product.

Thoughts on reflection: Sometimes we have to stop and wonder why and how

We’ve all lived in a state of denial at some point in our existence here on earth. Many of us have had situations flow into our reality that wasn’t always conducive to our mental health. Although everything that has happened is usually a process to prepare our future selves, the timing and symptoms are usually torturous. In most cases, some people are misaligned with themselves and their surroundings. Rather than focusing on finding solutions to problems, they crumble into a space of fear and blame. Sometimes, the ones who are convinced that they are the most switched on are the ones who end up transforming into the most disturbing energy vampires to others.

At one point, though, you have to take some time and ask yourself why you are in the negative space that you’re in and think of ways you can elevate your mind and emotions for respite. We have to stop and ask ourselves “do I really want to move out of this situation and grow, or do I like lingering in the drama because it’s familiar and comfortable?” It’s not an easy task, and most people I’ve had this conversation with are not even on a frequency to receive the tools in this message. Some would instead carry their problems around like luggage, and they don’t care who’s leg they hit on the way.

Those who are awakened will understand that not every situation or people in our lives are meant to facilitate a comfortable ride. They are meant to teach us about ourselves, our goals, and light a fire from under us to put our motivations into action. And that’s a challenge in itself. Many people continue to search externally for their power and their saviours, when the truth is, this is something we have to pull out from within, and this is our responsibility alone. Nobody can do this for you. So the key here is to be disciplined in finding your alignment and your meaning. Stay strong, focused, conscious and excited.

Until next time.