This topic wasn't even the one I had originally planned to share this week. I have blog posts planned and outlined for the rest of the year, but this one took a bump to the top of the list after some things I noticed happening this week. I posted in my Facebook Community that I was working on creating a Mental Health Mastermind for creatives who want to work on what is going on in their lives and business in group setting. That post was met with lots of excited replies and then met with a concern about...cost!
Don't get me wrong, one of the first questions to come out of my mouth when making a decision about where to spend my time and resources is "What is the cost?" Here are a few observations I've had over the last few years. First and foremost, People struggle to invest in themselves. There is often a sense of "not deserving" to do something beneficial for yourself, even if you have worked your butt off to get where you are.
Secondly, this is particularly true when people are investing in things that aren't tangible, like education or a mental health resource. Most people will spend money when they feel like they are getting something they can see and hold in return, which is not the case with mental health or education.
You cannot hold improved self-esteem, confidence, stability, or well-being in your hand. You can't feel them or taste them or wear them. They don't look shiny. Nobody may notice. We want to be able to see where we have spent out money...or likely we want others to see. And somehow that means that our mental well-being isn't often prioritized. Why is it that we can drop $200 on a new dress but still struggle to pay the same amount of money for therapy or a group program?Read More