You will find various articles online from top investors about the best techniques to invest in businesses, shares, bonds, etc. We invest money because we want our future to be secure financially and no one likes to be old with a bunch of debts on their head. While investing money is a great idea, no one talks about investing in ourselves, our mind and body.
Yes, it’s a real thing. If you don’t invest in yourself, investing money won’t be of much advantage to you.
When I say invest in yourself, I’m talking about nurturing your mind and body, expanding your potential, your skills.
It’s all about the choices you make today that will shape you into the person you will be tomorrow. For instance, if you decide to not smoke, your lungs will be healthier tomorrow as compared to people who chose to smoke. It’s the smallest and simplest things that can impact how you live your future life.
Some of the ways you can invest in yourself are:
When you read, you’re improving your knowledge, you’re processing new information. Reading is one of the most simple ways you can invest in yourself. It helps you grow, form an opinion, have a perspective. I’ve never found someone who regrets reading a book in the past. Every person grasps something different from each book, which almost makes it interesting to share your views. No amount of knowledge is too much. Read about everything you’re fascinated about, fall in love with the process of reading. You can try books, articles, blogs, newspaper columns, anything you like, just never stop reading, it keeps your mind sharp.
Sit down and analyze everything you did in the day. Every small thing, be it handling a client, talking to a friend, solving an issue, or just eating a meal. Introspect and think of the ways you could have done things differently for it to benefit you, save your time and energy. Sometimes you think that you could’ve handled a situation a lot better if you adopted a calmer approach instead of aggressive. So the other day you approach things differently and it will actually make a big difference in your life. Make it a daily habit so that you learn from your past mistakes.
Plan your day
This is something I’ve mentioned in quite a lot of my blog posts, and I will continue to mention it because it is the most helpful thing I’ve adopted this past year. When you plan out your day, you are held accountable for things you need to do the other day. You will be pushed to complete the tasks for the day and check them off your to-do list. Planning out your day leaves you with buffer time after you’ve completed your tasks, in which you can peacefully do anything you want without being worried about work. In the long term, planning helps you to keep track of things you need to do so you don’t miss out on anything.
Where do you want to be in the future? How do you want to live your life? What is your aim in life? What do you want to achieve? Answer these questions and set your goals. Having goals gives you a direction to move in. It creates a map of your destination. When you have set your goals, it stimulates you to think about the ways you can achieve that goal. It gives you the motivation to move forward. And obviously who doesn’t want to be successful and happy in the future.
Develop your skills
If you’re good at something, don’t stop. Look for ways you can enhance those skills. How can you upgrade from what you already know? Always look for opportunities to learn. When you’re open to learning, your interest in things never goes away. This makes life a little less boring and a lot more fun. You don’t want to be stuck and feel obsolete in this always-changing world. Things move too fast nowadays.
Don’t be afraid to live some moments, they won’t come back. Always be open to experience new things. The worse that could happen, it won’t be a good experience. But bad experiences are the ones that teach you the most important lessons. You don’t want to regret not doing that one thing because you were scared. Instead sit on that chair to share fun stories with your family, cherish those moments. Live in the present.
Always and always be mindful of what you’re eating. I know junk and spicy food tastes amazing. But it isn’t right for you all the time. If you want to live a happy life without any health complications, limit your junk food to once or twice a month. Try to eat more proteins and carbohydrates so you are filled with energy. Look for ways to make healthy food taste good for you. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring or bland all the time.
Decide to be happy
The world will always try to pull you down or sometimes the situations might not be in your favor. Not everything works out. You will lose people, jobs, and many things important to you. Feel the emotions as you go through it, but in the end, decide to be happy. You have a choice to be happy whenever you want. Let go of sadness and anger after a while. Everyone deserves to be happy, no matter what they’ve been through. Make sure you choose to be happy. You will remember these days and be thankful that you were happy and enjoyed your time, instead of regretting not making the most of those moments.
Don’t be a people pleaser. You cannot make everyone happy & be available to everyone. Create some boundaries with your family, friends, and colleagues. They need to respect you and your time. When you are always trying to make people happy, you, instead, make yourself unhappy and lose your self-worth. Call out people for stepping on you and be open about how you feel about them not respecting you and your boundaries.
Learn something every month or week
Make it a target to enhance your capabilities. You can learn so much in just a short period. Take up a new course every week or month. This will not only help you to grow but also keeps your mind young and healthy. You will learn new things as you get older while your brain will still be active and working as a young person.
Your brain adapts to your surroundings. If you’re living in a mess, it’ll be a mess too. In the long term, it can cost you your time and energy. You need to organize your time, your surroundings, and your thoughts to live a peaceful life. Your future self will thank you for it.
Break your bad habits
You know what habits are bad for you, harm you, and block your growth. Try to break them and replace them with something of value. You will thank yourself for not indulging in things that don’t add any value to your life. If you need help, read my blog post about 10 habits you need to quit right away. When you think of the long term, these habits are the ones that you will regret adopting. So get rid of them as soon as possible.
These were some of the ways on how you can invest in yourself by just changing a few things in your life. It doesn’t really require you to put in money. It’s about how you live your life. Small things can bring great change.