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Often times, we spend a lot of time focusing on what other people want from us, rather than what we want from ourselves. As a result, we end up dedicating our time appealing to the needs of others rather than our own. In theory, this an unhealthy habit to have, as it usually results in you always placing yourself second to the wants and needs of others. By doing this, you may begin to find yourself resenting those around you, because they are advancing in their goals, while you are not. However, by learning when, and how, to say yes and no, you will not only be doing a justice to yourself, but to those around you as well.
The first step to learning how to invest in yourself, starts with assessing your wants and goals. Do you aspire to be a writer for the next buzzed about television show? Or, maybe you want to be the owner of the next Fortune 500 Company. Those dreams cannot fully manifest into reality until you know exactly what you want, and that comes by spending time with yourself. Get to know who you are, figure out what you really like, and what you want to do. The best way to do this is by creating a vision board. Create an ideal image for what you want out of life, which will inspire you to stay focused.
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Next, make sure you invest your time spending with people you actually enjoy being around, and care about. Your inner circle should function as a support system for everything that you want to do. Remember, people can’t make you upset, or have power over you, unless you give it to them. Nip any negative relationships in the bud by doing monthly, or yearly, assessments of who you’re spending time with; if anyone is not meeting your needs, let them go.
Finally, make sure you’re maintaining healthy habits. Are you investing in your fitness and healthy eating goals? If yes, awesome, keep up the great work! However, if you know this area could use a little work, try switching up your daily activities routine, or consuming more fruits and vegetables. All of these tips will help you become a much better you, and ultimately keep focused on your goals.
Esohe is a junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Spanish and Communication Studies. Her passions are blogging, writing short stories, looking for cool and interesting street art exhibits to take pictures of, and staying up to date on the latest trends in music/fashion/film/ and television. You can usually find her in any one of U of M's libraries hard at work, or the campus diag soaking in the scenery.