Some of us are willing to sacrifice for others. I’ve seen people sacrifice time, money, and their own happiness for someone else. Many of us were taught to be selfless by our family or faith. Selfless behavior can become destructive when our lives are unbalanced. If we are consumed with filling others needs and neglect our own we are unbalanced. All of us need to have balanced lives. When helping others is hurting us we are in an unhealthy place.
If you struggle with making yourself a priority I have a challenge for you. This year I challenge you to focus on fulfilling your own needs. You’ve made everyone else a top priority your whole life. Now it’s time to focus on you. Stop standing in the back of the line move to the front. Why? Because it’s your turn. You’ve been good to others now be good to yourself. I challenge you to embrace three truths for a happier and healthier life.
- Your Life Matters
You must realize that you are important. I’m not telling you to be self-centered. I’m asking you to acknowledge that you are human and not a superhero. As humans we have the right to want our hopes, needs, and dreams to be fulfilled. Stop ignoring your own life. Invest time and money into what you are passionate about.
- You’re Worth It
Many selfless people focus on appreciating others. They rarely celebrate their own accomplishments. This year make a change by celebrating when you reach a goal. It can be something simple as treating yourself to that coffee you love or having lunch at your favorite restaurant. Make a habit of rewarding yourself for a job well done.
- It’s Time to Let Go
Our friends play a vital role in our lives. They can be our greatest source of support or they can be a hindrance. Take time to assess the type of friends you have. Are they supportive of your dreams? Do they appreciate you? Are they very needy? Do you always make sacrifices for them, but they won’t do anything for you? It’s important to ask yourself these questions. Some people in your life are just there to drain you. If they always take and never give it may be time to let them go. It’s easier to reach your goals when you don’t have people holding you back.
Copyright © 2016 Norma Johnson