Do you tend to place priority on things like work, money, or everyone else’s needs before your own? You’re not alone. Often those things tend to take precedence over your own needs, and your mental state pays a substantial price. 

You need to take a step back and evaluate what’s most important in your life. When you decide what is crucial to finding peace with your inner self, make it a priority.

Make It A Priority To Say “No”

Declining an offer or request can be difficult for some. Most often it’s a fear of being criticized or disliked that is what stands in the way of saying “no”. The fear of being disliked or criticized is almost always the case in a work environment, as well. For example, if your boss asks you to take on an additional task, it may be difficult to politely decline the request. However, accepting every request can be extremely detrimental to your overall well-being. 

While it may feel like you’re being productive, overextending yourself or taking on too many commitments can have an adverse effect. Taking on too many commitments affects your mental and physical well-being, causing unnecessary stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. 

It’s important to remember that in order to do your best work, you must take care of yourself first. When you feel your best, you perform your best. And when you make yourself a priority, you become better for yourself and everyone around you. 

Exercise Your Soul As An Athlete Does For His Body 

“The natural tendency is to treat matters of the spirit as luxury items – sort of an appendage to life. Eating, sleeping, making money – these things are given priority and the time dedicated to them is sacrosanct. But deep thought, prayer, meditation, and study fit in only when you feel like it, and are pushed aside on the slightest whim. You’ve got to make your priorities faithful to your inner self. You’ve got to ask yourself if this is what your life is all about. Set a schedule for exercising your soul as an athlete does for his body. Treat those things as though they were your proprietary business. Because they are.”

While it may feel good to check all those items off your to-do list, it’s integral to evaluate their significance with your inner self. If you don’t have any items on your to-do list that make your own mental and physical state a priority, maybe it’s time to rethink your list.

About Roy Murad (edited from

Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, consummate entrepreneur, and advocate for new business ventures. Over the course of 35 years, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience from building businesses, guiding companies, and identifying strong investment opportunities – all while nurturing a thriving family. Now, he looks to share his valuable experience with everyone who desires to live a balanced and successful life.

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