THE BLOG

Invest in Yourself, the Investment That Won't Let You Down

17/11/2014 13:59 GMT | Updated 14/01/2015 10:59 GMT

In these turbulent times there is one investment that you can be sure won't let you down. Investment in yourself.

It may be that you feel your confidence has been derailed by recent events. Investing in your own personal Life Coach is one answer to getting back on track.

Ask yourself this question - How do you live your life? Do you live it at cause or at effect? And what does that mean for you?

Take two people going for job interviews, both having all the right credentials and experience for the roles. One of them approaches their interview from the perspective that it's completely down to their performance as to whether they get the job or not. They will choose how to present and project themselves and they will take 100% responsibility for their result. They feel pretty confident and in control.

The other person is approaching their interview differently - from the perspective that they'll do the best they can, but ultimately it's down to the interviewer's opinion of them and the other candidates' performance against theirs. They feel they have little control over the outcome, which makes them pretty nervous, and they believe that interview situations never bring out the best in them, so why should this one be any different?

Which one is more likely to be successful? My guess would be the first person. A clear example of being 'at cause'. We know that a cause is something that makes something else happen. So when we're talking about living at cause, it's all about causing things to happen, making choices, taking action and full responsibility.

Notice the position of power this puts you in. On the other side of the equation, an effect is what happens because of the cause. So living on the effect side means having things happen to us, living with excuses and reasons why something couldn't be, the choice and responsibility is 'taken' out of our hands. It's a feeling of powerlessness and of being the victim, in many cases.

The interesting thing is, that people on either side of the equation, whether at cause or effect, will each walk away patting themselves on the back. Why? Well, of course, the 'at cause' group chose to have their result and they got it. While for the 'at effect' people it was completely out of their hands right from the start. They found a reason (excuse?) why they couldn't have their result and walked away saying "see, I knew it wouldn't work".

Either way they were right. So the question you should really be asking yourself is - not which side do you live at, but which side do you want to live at? Cause or effect? The key point here is that at any given moment, you have the choice. You either allow what's happening to affect you and hold on to your excuses. Or you take full responsibility for what is going on and choose to get your result. I know which I choose!

So get out there and invest in yourself. As the consumer you have the choice of individual one-to-one life enhancing sessions in person or over the telephone or, if you prefer, you can choose one of the hundreds of inspirational one-day or half-day workshops on offer where not only experiences are shared and ideas bounced off each other, but new friends are made.

Just the discovery that you aren't the only one in this situation is very empowering. Don't be one of the 90% of people who will look back with regret, knowing their lives could have been different. Take this golden opportunity to invest in yourself. The investment that won't let you down.