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What you think you don't have

Ever have these thoughts?

I don't have the time.

I don't have the energy.

I don't have the money.

Or whatever else it could be that you think you don't have enough of in order to do XYZ.

Or perhaps it had nothing to do with last week's email, and you just have these thoughts in general.

What I want you to know is that we all have more of that thing we think we don't have.

I don't have the time: You might look at your schedule and fully believe this is true. You think that you can't go to a paint nite with a friend, or sit and read a good book, because you just don't have time. But then your kid has an emergency and you have to take him to the doctor. You found the time for that right? Because when something is truly important to you, you find the time. You have more time than you think you do (count up all the minutes you spend mindlessly checking something on your phone. You might be surprised at just how many minutes that adds up to 😉)

I don't have the energy: You're just so exhausted after a long day of work or a long day with the kids (or whatever else was on your plate). You think you don't have energy to do anything for yourself. But if I knocked on your door and offered you an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii, with full child care figured out for your kids (why not, let's have some fun dreaming here), would you find the energy to pack and make it to the airport?

I don't have the money: You think that all your money is accounted or budgeted for. There's no extra cash for investing in yourself. Doing something purely because you enjoy it. But then your toddler breaks a lamp you had in the living room, and you end up having to buy a new one. You found the money for that.

We all have more of the thing we think we don't have enough of. Think about that. It's not about not having it, it's about believing that that project, person, thing, or whatever is worth our time, energy, or money. Because if you believed it was worth it, and you made it a priority, you would find the time, energy, or money.

So get real honest with yourself. If you don't put yourself and your own happiness first (for the sake of filling yourself up in order to give more to your family and the world around you) ask yourself WHY. Why does everyone and everything else come before you? What is the cost of that in your life? (It’s one of my favorite questions to ask myself.)


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