Right now money seems to be the big topic in my neck of the social media woods.
Every person seems to be doing everything they can to manifest more and more money. People are wanting to increase their wealth and other people are capitalizing on it by throwing out money courses, programs, and coaching left, right and center.
While I think it’s great that we are all trying to increase the wealth of inspirational and good-hearted people, the strong focus on money has left me sitting in the corner saying “uhhh guys….but what about health?”
You see, money is a fun thing to focus on because that is what our culture loves to sell us….the idea of the “perfect” life when you have lots of money (and lots of things). I’ll freely admit that I’m just like any other sally-schmally…I want to have a comfortable financial life too! However, unlike a lot of people, I totally and completely understand that without my health, no amount of money means a damn thing.
Marketing has been around a long time at this point. We are used to commercials, radio plugs, and magazine ads. In recent years, the introduction of social media ads and even the introduction of social media itself has only increased the amount of marketing we are subjected to each day.
It’s no wonder we have become obsessed with making more money (and in the easiest/quickest way possible) because all day long we are being told that we need more stuff….more success, more prestige, more power….all of that symbolized by our income, what we do, the vacations we take, the cars we drive, the house we live in, etc. etc.
What’s even worse is the sensational marketing that is now becoming the norm in order for everyday entrepreneurs to be seen and noticed online. “10K in 10 days!” “6 Figures in 6 months” and all if you purchase my secret formula for success! Cue the eye roll.
However, as awesome as it is to be more money conscious…people are missing a big point here. Having all the money in the world means absolutely diddly squat if you are sick. Just ask Steve Jobs….all the money in the world did not prevent him from dieing.
Even scarier, is the glorification of overwork with the “hustle” culture. People are made to feel that if they are exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, etc. then they need to just suck it up and hustle because if they aren’t “hustling” then they must not want success bad enough. UHHEMMM CAN SOMEONE SAY WRONNNNGGG!
I understand that success, power, financial abundance, etc. are important. Heck, even I want those things! However, there is a gross underemphasis on the importance of taking care of yourself and your body health-wise. I see these entrepreneurs online and know for a fact some of them have massively burned out and their body finally broke down forcing them to stop.
But why isn’t anyone talking about it? Why aren’t these influencers discussing the downfalls of the “hustle” until you burnout culture?
Yes, you have those health coaches, dieticians, nutritionists etc. talking about health eating and exercising but most of it is just to sell you a program or their “perfect formula” for success. (Raises hand) Hey I’ve done it when I marketed my Food Freedom Formula! But yet no one is really talking about setting yourself up to live a long-term life. Everything seems to be focused on the short-term…Making quick money, losing 10lbs fast, finding that soulmate like yesterday.
I could blame my generation and technology for all the focus on quick gratification but that won’t really do anything productive. Instead I invite you to pause for a second and ask yourself “what am I currently putting above my health and longevity?” “What am I valuing more? What am I making more of a priority?”
Now, what would happen if you got terminal cancer tomorrow? Would those things still matter as much? Perhaps they matter but would you be able to show up for them as much?
You see, when your body is functioning along at a decent rate it can be hard to imagine your health declining and people tend to make their health less of a priority. Maybe you try to lose some weight because you want to look fabulous on the outside but external validation rarely creates lasting results.
For most people, it’s not until they hit health crisis mode that they begin to make some changes. I know that was how it was for me! It took my health crashing majorly 3 TIMES for it to finally sink in….there is nothing more valuable than your health.
So….if you felt a bit uncomfortable with those questions above….if you aren’t valuing your health like you know you need to….I want you to know that you aren’t alone BUT you have a choice to make. You can choose to remain as you are and gamble as to when your body will break down OR you can choose to start prioritizing your health today.
It’s your choice but I can tell you this….If you don’t have time for your health now, then you will have to make time for the doctor later. Don’t make the same mistakes I did….don’t choose to learn this lesson the hard way.
Sending you so much love!