It makes no sense to work 8 hours per day for a company and not to work on yourself for at least a minimum of 2 hours per day. Of course, I can understand that you’re tired when you had a long day at work and you just want to lay on the couch and relax. We all have that, but what about the other days of the week? You can’t fool yourself that you’re always so tired after work or whatever other daily liabilities you have. We all have liabilities, but that doesn’t mean it should prevent you of working on yourself. What do I mean by ‘working on yourself’? Developing yourself as a person and thereby improving the quality of your life. Most people stop growing mentally after they’re done with school. They only learn the necessities for their jobs, no more. Besides the mentally part, they also stop very often with exercising, resulting in health issues. Basically, they’re neglecting themselves. Working on yourself is a requirement, if you want to live a happy and fullfilled life. But nowadays, it seems like people have forgotten what shaped them into the person they are today. In this blog post I will give you 2 reasons why you shouldn’t dare to make any excuses to not to work on yourself.
1. Working on yourself: physically
First of all, everyone that says that first impressions don’t last is lying. When you meet people for the first time, they’ll judge you based on your outer appearance. It’s not rocket science, its common knowledge. If you know this for a fact, then why aren’t you exercising on a regular basis? You don’t have to be overweight or skinny in order to go to the gym. You might be thinking ‘well my body fat percentage isn’t that bad and the people around me haven’t made any bad comments on my body, so why should I go the gym’? However, wanting a good outer appearance shouldn’t be your only reason to work out. What I mean by that, is that your body will deteriorate within, if you don’t start exercising. Health problems will start to emerge with all its consequences. Let me give you some examples of the possible health risks you’ll get, if you don’t exercise: increased risk of having a depression, increased risk of type 2 diabetes and increased risk of coronary heart disease and strokes. I just selected a few, but the list is much longer. Now, don’t get me wrong I don’t want to scare you. I want to help you! But sometimes the best way to get a person to do something is to show them the consequences if they don’t take the right action.
The benefits of exercising are tremendous. Let’s look at the same diseases I just mentioned if you do exercise: up to 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke and up to a 30% lower risk of depression. These are just the physiological benefits. The mental benefits of exercising are for example: boost in self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy.
Maybe when you’ve read this you’re thinking; ‘I need to go to the gym 5 days a week and train for at least 2 hours per session’. I’ll tell you right now: that isn’t required or beneficial. If you just exercise for 45 minutes a day 3 times per week, you’re on the right track. Life is all about balance, including working on yourself. Exercising isn’t about being disciplined. It’s a matter of priorities. And your body should be one of your top priorities.
2. Working on yourself: mentally
I mentioned it already in the introduction; people just randomly stop learning when they’re done with school (excluding the new things they have to learn for their jobs). The mental aspect of their personal development just stops. The mental aspect is of crucial importance if you want to develop yourself completely. You can’t just do the physical part.
When was the last time you learnt or tried something new? Think about it. When you challenge yourself, life starts to become interesting. Challenges show how capable you are with dealing with stressful situations, how adaptable you are and how strong your character is. You need these experiences, if you want to have a strong mind that you can’t just ‘push’ down.
What happens with people who never learn or try something new? They’re living a ‘happy and satisfied life’ or at least, that’s what they tell you and themselves. People who say they are happy and satisfied leave no room for personal development. They love to stay in their comfort zone. They’ll end up being the ‘wealthiest’ people in the graveyard. ‘Wealthy’ in the sense, that they probably had great ideas in their lifetime, but they never went through with them. I don’t want that to happen to you. And you also shouldn’t let that happen to yourself! Start gaining knowledge about everything that interests you. There are a lot of sources to acquire knowledge from. Working on yourself mentally, needs to become a habit just like all the other daily routines you have. Life is too beautiful to only work, watch tv and hanging out with friends.
In life, we tend to stay where we are, when we’ve found our little sweet spot. We don’t want to explore again for other opportunities and finding out if the next ‘place’ is better than the current situation. We settle. But what people don’t seem to understand is that life is a journey. If you settle and you stay at one place in your whole life, you’ll definitely be missing out on opportunities that may have changed your life for the better. Like Mae West said: ’’you only live once, but once is enough if you do it right’’.
In sum, you should always be working yourself; physically or mentally. Though, I prefer you do both! The benefits are unlimited. You’ll get a well-shaped body, your health improves, your confidence increases and you’re opening yourself up for new opportunities that will increase quality of your life. I hope this post will inspire you to improve your life in any way possible. Ralph Waldo Emerson catched the essence of this blog post beautifully: “Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.”