So far, different investment options have been posted on this site. The truth remains that the best investment you can make is an investment in yourself. A lot of people focus on investing in other ventures and ignore investing in themselves. There is a need to make this kind of investment a top priority today.
Why Do You Need to Invest In Yourself?
a. Increase your Worth: You get to increase your worth and value when you invest in yourself. Even career-wise, the more you invest in training in your career, with time, you will get to a higher level in your career. Even companies know the importance of investing in self. That’s why they organize periodic training for employees.
b. Increase Earnings: The more you invest in yourself, the higher your ability to earn. The difference between an entry-level worker and someone in the C Suite earning more is that the person in C Suite has invested in adding personal value. The more you invest in yourself, the more value you add in the form of output. The higher your value, the more you earn.
c. Self Confidence: You get to boost your self-confidence when you invest in yourself.
How to Invest Yourself:
Have a Why:
You can’t decide to invest in yourself if you don’t have a ‘why.’ A why is the reason why you want to invest in yourself. You must have a very strong ‘why’ to stay through to your decision. Your why will differ from my why. Your ‘why’ can be to achieve financial independence. It can be to retire early or to get to the C-Suite in your career. Once you figure out your ‘why,’ you become committed to the process.
Watch Less TV:
A lot of people spend a greater part of their time watching TV. A motivational speaker for a seminar I once attended has this to say ‘If you watch too much TV, it shows you don’t value yourself.’ Unless you are watching informative programs, you are burning your time watching TV. Make a decision today to reduce the time you spend watching TV. Rather invest the time to add value to yourself.
Invest in Educational Materials:
Educational materials here can be books by your mentors or achievers in your industry. Invest in buying these materials and spend the time to read the books. As you read, mark areas that affect your life and decide to make the necessary changes. You can easily source for materials from your local library, or over the internet. The truth is that you can learn anything you want if you can invest in materials in the niche.
Surround Yourself With:
The persons you spend time with affect the quality of life you live. Decide to surround yourself with the right people. People around you should able to bring out the best in you. They should challenge you to become a better version of yourself. It may entail quitting on toxic friendships. Learn to spend less time with people that don’t add value or motivate you to become a better person. According to Benjamin Hardy, a relationship can be transactional or transmissional. Transactional friends take from you without giving. Transmissional friendship is a give-and-take friendship. Ensure you have more of transmissional friendships.
Plan Your Day:
Always ensure that you plan your day. You can do this the night before or early in the morning. Planning your day will help reduce wasting your time and do things that matter. Get a small planning journal, outline all the activities for the day and allocate a time frame for each activity. Every time you have in a day should be spent on doing something productive. From personal experience, I discovered that I get more things done by writing down a daily plan in my journal.
Goals matter. There is a need to set goals in every aspect of your life. For instance, you can have a health goal, career goal, family goal and spiritual goal. Your goal should be challenging to push you to do more. Always have a long-term goal and then short-term goals.
Invest in Your Health:
Your health matters a lot. You can only achieve a lot when you are in a healthy state. Thus, you owe it to yourself to ensure that you do things that keep you in good health. First, you have to quit unhealthy habits. If you use drugs or are an alcohol, check in and get the help you need. Secondly, ensure that you eat right. Fruits, vegetables and plenty of water should make up a bulk of your meal. Thirdly, exercise is essential. A 30 minutes exercise, three times a week is enough to keep you in good shape. Finally, ensure you get adequate sleep daily. You need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day.
Have a Mentor:
Most people underestimate the importance of having a mentor. A mentor is someone who has achieved what you are trying to achieve. Having a mentor makes the journey easier since you have someone to guide you. You can also have a mentor without having physical contact with the person. All you need is to get materials published by your mentor, read and replicate what you’ve learnt.
Hire a Coach:
If you wish to achieve something faster in a particular field, you have to hire a coach to do so. For instance, if you want to publish in a niche, you can hire a coach. You invest in hiring a coach but it is an investment with better returns.
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Investing in yourself is not all about work. There need to take out time to pamper yourself. Go for a massage. See your favorite movie. Travel to that location you wish. It is all about you here.
In all, have it at the back of your mind that family matters. Always make out time to spend time with family. A success you achieve without taking care of family may not be worth it in the long run.