Charging Your Worth
Updated: Aug 5, 2019
Have you ever spent endless hours helping someone to do something, hours that you really loved, that ended up being not only hours but days, weeks, and maybe even years of selflessly giving? I have done that for a good part of my life, all around Health, Nutrition and anything in between. I am a bit of a geek in that respect, I love to dive into obscure issues that most people don't have the patience for, nor the willingness to do the deep dive to figure stuff out. And I totally get it! It's so much easier to have someone else do it for us, to hold our hand and say "do this" "don't do that" and just follow the directions.
Life is like that, we are so busy just trying to get our own lives in some sort of order, that when something unexpected happens, whether it be the lawnmower stops working, the car breaks down, you need to have the fence painted, a new workout routine made or a health issue has crept up. The most efficient way to handle these little bumps in the road is to seek out an expert in that field and have them do the job for you. It's convenient, efficient, and saves you a ton of time researching and learning how to put the darn lawnmower blade back on!
If you didn't know already, I'm a bit of a health nut. Like, I will spend hours and hours going down the rabbit hole of the internet and books trying to find patterns and reasons for symptoms and diseases that relate back to an obscure issue that I am having or someone else. I love finding natural solutions, finding the cause rather putting a bandaid on the outcome. I firmly believe we are a product of our mindset, what we consume and put on our bodies, and in this modern world of ours, much of what we are consuming mentally and through our diet is toxic!
I have talked to many friends over the years and told them they should be charging for their skills, Yoga Instructors who were doing Meditation classes for free, Authors who wrote books and self published but were giving their books away for free, and Life Coaches who were coaching clients nearly daily (friends) for free! All of these people had issues around charging for their services because to them, what they were doing was a labor of love, they didn't find it hard nor classified it as work. While that is noble, abundance in life should be for everyone, and while giving is a vital part of contributing to our fellow humans, making a living doing what you love is a gift you should never shy away from. You see, we teach others how to value us, and also how they should value themselves by how we value ourselves. By providing a service that is needed and adds value to someone's life by helping them solve a problem, work through an issue, better their life or circumstance in any way, is admirable and should be financially compensated for.
Many friends and associates have asked for me help with their health. I tend to be (because of personal experience) a bit of a guru when it comes to gut health. I have experienced "IBS", "SIBO" and "Leaky Gut" to name a few, to which all led me to acquiring the beginnings of auto-immune diseases which have to some extent caused great mental and emotional turmoil for myself. It was recently that a good friend of mine turned the table on me and said "you are providing others with so much value when it comes to their health, why aren't you charging for it?" to which I said "I don't know!". I took some time to think about this, and of course all of the usual things came up like "if they just researched they could figure it out to", but I guess that takes me back to my comment at the beginning of this post...most people don't want to, don't have the time to, or don't have the willingness to. So there you go. A service is born out of need from others, and out of a desire to help from myself.
Don't be afraid to charge your worth, our entire world is made up of people and companies charging for services, products and advice, why not you?
~ Monika xo