Pay yourself first.
It’s normally a phrase used in the finance industry indicating the first monies received from a paycheck should automatically be allocated to savings. Most people spend their money first and then see what/if any they have left over for savings.
Most people spend all their life doing things they don’t want, first and then see what they have left the last 25 years.
I’m paying myself first.
The first things I did this morning were my affirmations, my vision board, and my workout. Then came my podcast, now it’s 6:45 pm and I’m writing. Lastly will come the work I do just to pay the bills.
Yes, the bills.
Most everyone has them. A few years ago, I spent 40+ hours a week at I job I hated, just to pay the bills. They came first, my dreams came last- in fact, my dreams were pretty much a nonfactor.
In 2016, I decided to change that. The trip I wanted to take, I wasn’t going to wait 5…10…20 more years, I was going to do it then and there because I realized this moment is all that is certain.
Most people think their dreams are impractical, a lot of us place ourselves in a box and the majority have no idea what is possible because we haven’t tried.
When I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and asked them what they were afraid of, they said,
“I’m afraid of not living up to my full potential.”
That’s something I think about a lot- my full potential. I don’t know even know what that equates to, but I do know I’m not even close. There’s only a small list of greats who I think are scratching the surface.
Les Brown says,
The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.”
What are we all so afraid of?
No one makes it out of here alive, so we might as well try to live the life we want.
And I’m not saying being irresponsible, we all have to eat and have shelter. I just feel that what stands between us and the mountain we call our dream isn’t as much as we think it is. The thing is, nobody can truly make it happen but the one looking back at us in the mirror.
I don’t spend 40 hours doing something I hate anymore. Now I spend 20 doing something I’m okay with and the rest doing the things I love. And one day soon the things I love will pay my bank account too.
But for now, at least I know if I’m writing, it’s because I want to write. If I’m doing my podcast, it’s because I want to do my podcast. If I decide to move across the world on 3 months notice, it’s because I want to.
There are no boundaries or limitations, but the ones we make. There’s always a way and if we have the will, we will find the way to pay ourself first.