At first you may answer “money” because we always think if we had enough money we wouldn’t have to worry about anything else. But what if you didn’t have any time to enjoy all of the experiences money could provide? What if the cost of earning extra money took a toll on your health?
I had an insightful call with a client today who recently went back to work part-time. Even though the job was only 10 miles from her house the commute was 45 minutes each way. She was getting up at 4:45 am so she could be at the gym when it opened at 5:00, then rushing to fit in her workout, eat breakfast and get out the door at 7:00 (she’s incredibly dedicated to her nutrition and fitness regimen!) This was a difficult schedule to keep up so she tried hitting the gym after work. The problem was that it was crowded and she didn’t have the energy to workout like she wanted to. Within a week she was offered a full-time position. She quickly figured out that she would much rather sacrifice a few dollars in exchange for the time she needed to take care of herself. She has been so successful in her transformation over the last few months and realized that the reason she needed the transformation in the first place was because she had been neglecting herself. She’s determined not to fall back into her old patterns and she’s willing to give up money in exchange for her health. She now knows the importance of self-care and how it keeps her sane! She was even going for a pedicure after our call.
Of course not everyone can work part-time or choose their own schedule, but you need to make yourself your top priority. I used to be running from the minute I got out of bed in the morning until my head hit the pillow at night. I was so caught up in the “doing” that I lost the “meaning” of life. There was a time I became very ill and was completely depleted of energy and lost my spirit. This is when I had the inspiration to change my life so I could help others going through the same types of circumstances.
So wherever you are on your journey, make sure you’re enjoying it. Life is too short to be consumed by all of the every day “things” we get so caught up in. And yes, money helps, but we can’t put a price on health and happiness. So right now, go do something just for you. And then think about your answer – time or money?