Why you need to invest in yourself...
Choosing to invest in yourself can be a complicated choice to make. Most individuals think of the short-term investment versus the long-term gain. Sometimes the fear of spending the money stops people from developing their skills, exploring their creativity, investing in healthy friendships and nurturing their mind and body. What people forget is how much those investments pay off in the end.
Actually, investing in yourself may be the most profitable investment you ever make. It can greatly improve the chances of future returns and current pay-off as well. This is an excellent choice to achieve a better-quality life, to be successful, productive, and satisfied. I’m going to give you three important ways you can invest in your growth both personally and professionally.
1. Develop or Advance a Skill
Developing a skill doesn’t mean you have to go back to school. There are new skills you can develop or advance a current skill you have by take an online course, enroll yourself in an interesting program, do a weekend workshop or ask to learn from someone you admire.
Developing or advancing a skillset can also mean mentorship. Having a mentor is crucial for attaining new skills and knowledge. A good mentor will hold space for you to ask questions, discover yourself and overcome come of the challenges and roadblocks you face. Mentors expose you to new points of views and can also help advance your career! If you choose to become a mentor, you learn a lot about motivating people and teaching them new skills.
2. Invest in Real and Valuable Friendships
In my personal opinion, the words of Jim Rohn ring true:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
The people you surround yourself with, help shape who you are. The ones you spend the most time with define what topics dominate your conversations. They affect your attitude and how you show up. Eventually you begin to think on the same page and pick up similar behaviours.
My five closest friends today bring so much value and love into my life. My friend group has changed dramatically over the last two years, and at first, I had an extremely difficult time with it.
Looking back now, it was probably one of the best things that could have happened to me. Interestingly, last night I was watching the Netflix documentary “One Strange Rock” and in the episode I was watching, it spoke about the cycle of the Earth: Birth-Life-Death. As humans, we perceive the death as a negative event, it can be scary, unknown and painful.
Life never would have evolved on Earth without death. It may seem counterintuitive, but without the natural cycle of life and death and the food chain it created, life never would have evolved from simple, single-celled organisms to the complex creatures that roam our planet today.
If we take a step back and look at the whole picture, death is necessary to make way for the new. When friendships end, it makes way for something new and better. I began to attract healthier people and situations. I began to learn and grow from the people around me and overall became so much happier.
3. Nurturing your Mind and Body
Taking care of both your mind and body allows you to take care of yourself and be the become the best version of yourself. You will have more energy, knowledge, compassion and mental and physical endurance.
Expand your mind. Read books, listen to podcasts, and travel to keep your mind active.
Practice mindfulness to become aware of the world around you. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware of your surroundings. It involves heightening and engaging in every sense and feeling around you. Mindfulness can improve your memory and strengthen your brain power. Mindfulness helps us to focus on positive thoughts, like love, creativity, and joy, keep your mind in a peaceful state.
Eat well. Give your body vitamins, nutrients and good food to keep it healthy and strong. Make healthy food choices as often as possible. What you eat does play a huge role in your energy and ability to perform. It’s not just about what’s healthy for you, it’s about choosing foods that you love to eat, that nurture your body and that will put the joy back into eating.
I love to nourish my mind and body by listening to audio books in the car or when I go for a run. Going for a run is the time I have set aside for me to do something good for my body. I always feel energized and calm after a run. Another change I made was my diet by switching to mostly plant-based. My body is happy and my pallet craves eating vegetables!
Investing in yourself means more than spending money on a new item or going to the spa (although these are really nice things to do once in a while). It means taking time for yourself to do what you truly love and surrounding yourself with people who are going to add value to your life. These simple suggestions are ways to help you create a better and brighter future for yourself.
Start the conversation and let me know below in the comment section how you are investing in yourself!