We all know that we have more within us. That’s not the question. The question is more like:
“Am I worth it?” “Am I willing to spending money on me?” “Am I worth taking a chance?” “If I do spend money on me, what will it do for me?”
Most of us have gotten to where we are in life—so far—on our own. We are happy with our lives. We are satisfied.
Or are we?
I know I wasn’t until I allocated money to growth, developing my potential, and investing in my future—not just financially, but fundamentally. I wanted to be all I could be … and just waiting for my opportunities to happen wasn’t progressive enough. I knew I needed to make my own opportunities. Opportunity is the intersection between preparation and luck. When luck happens, one must be prepared to grab it. I know I have missed opportunities because I was not prepared. I still do. But I am watching for more of them and getting the chance to make the most of them all of the time.
There are so many things on which we can spend our hard-earned money. There’s our daily life—going out to dinner, a concert, movie, the kids, vacation. Then there are other great causes—our church, our favorite nonprofits, and, of course, disaster assistance. Whenever I think I am having a hard time, I am reminded that there are others far worse off than I am. That drives me to want to give more, either financially or with my time. I don’t know about you, but there is not enough time or money in my life to help all the others in the world. We each have to choose where we spend our time and how we spend our moolah. Don’t get me wrong; that’s not my excuse to not try. Rather, it’s my goal to become more to serve more (time and/or money).
Of course, I wouldn’t be who I am without my family. My wife and immediate partner with Leadership Harbor is my best friend. Then there’s our two daughters. Without a doubt, who we are is reflected in them and how they treat each other, the people that they know, and especially those with whom they spend their time. We each touch so many more lives.
This reminds me of The Number 10 Principle: A person will never treat another person greater than the number he or she puts on him- or herself. So, being honest, what number do each of us put on ourselves? And if you raised that number, how would you treat others? The same or better? What would it take to put a “10” on your head? And if you put a “10” on your head, would you also be able to put a “10” on the head of others? Maybe not everyone, but I hope my point is clear.
So… Am I willing to spend my money on getting better? I can’t answer that for you. I can tell you what I believe: To be more, I must become more. I am happy with who I am, but God has a whole lot more in store for me! And becoming more is not free.
Consider how Leadership Harbor can help serve you in your quest to become all you were designed to be!