Back in my high school days…when dinosaurs roamed the earth…I worked at a shoe store most evenings after school and on the weekends.
This being the 1990s, the most popular styles were dark, clunky, Spice Girls platform boots that would leave a trail of squashed enemies in your wake.
The store dress code was strict—only black or white tops and bottoms. Since I needed clothes that I could wear to school and then to work without changing or having to bring a separate bag, I decided to invest in timeless, high-quality pieces.
It would probably surprise you that I wore black and white almost exclusively in high school, seeing as my current wardrobe looks like a unicorn vomited rainbows in my closet.
But those quality pieces lasted me for years, and much longer than my teenage boyfriends. I felt unstoppable because I knew everything I owned looked amazing on me.
These refined capsule wardrobes are all the rage now, but I was doing it when my peers were spending their allowances on body glitter and belly chains.
And apart from the platform boots, I’d wager that most of my old black and white wardrobe would look classic and appropriate today.
Lesson learned: You must invest in yourself if you want to succeed.
Investing in a remixable wardrobe helped me succeed at my mall job, saved me tons of time getting ready every morning, and provided interview-ready outfits for my next jobs.
These days, I invest in myself by hiring my own life coach, taking training classes, and knowing when to splurge and when to skimp on resources for my business.
Hiring a coach for myself was really scary the first time. I worried that I’d plunk down a ton of money and then not be able to do the work and then watch my business fail.
But the exact opposite happened. By investing in my success, I had the accountability and advice that I had been (desperately) missing so that my coaching business became fully booked the following month.
Money is energy, so put your energy towards the things that can help you reach your goals.
It’s the same for my clients. Getting past the fear of failure and actually getting started is the hardest part. About 90% of my clients who have their own businesses earn back all the money they’re paying me within 3 months. The fastest has been 2 days.
Maybe you don’t need a coach—or maybe you do!
Think about what else you might be avoiding or stalling on when you should be taking a leap of faith and going for it.
- Maybe you want to go back to school.
- Maybe you want to lose weight and get healthy.
- Maybe you want out of a bad situation.
- Maybe you want to move someplace new.
- Maybe you want to start a business.
Take one small baby step today to invest in your success. Your future self will thank you.
This post focuses on Step 3 of the Life Editing Process, Add Good Habits and Routines. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.
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