Investing yourself sounds as though it should be a luxury, something you’re expected to hold off doing until you’ve hustled for years, paid your dues and are now high flying and in peak position in your career. Forget that.
Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be costly but if it does take that route like all investments consider your personal return on investment. So that personal trainer might have meant cutting down on Uber trips and maybe the expense of that career coach felt daunting at the time but you’re overcoming that with the long term benefits these things bring in terms of investing in your health, happiness and career. As for waiting until your hustling days are over – nobody should have to earn happiness.
Self-investment is about honouring you, your needs, your values and your goals. Here are four easy ways to invest in yourself starting today.
Start saying yes
It’s easy to fall into a comfortable routine, one that functions well and that you’re happy in but it pays to shake things up every so often. By saying yes more, trying new things and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone on a regular basis you could unlock new passions, friendships and opportunities you didn’t even know you were missing. Look for the things you’ve always wanted to do but hold yourself back from or never get round to doing. The more you step out of your comfort zone, the more your confidence will grow.
Get clear on what it is you’d like to achieve or improve. Take a pen and paper and write freely about the first goals that come to your mind regardless of how big or impossible they may seem at the time. While some of our goals – buying property, pursuing a particular career, promotion or health – can be crystal clear it takes dialling into our subconscious to discover some of our smaller or more personal goals. Taking time to acknowledge these goals can be incredibly empowering and transformative to your overall mindset. If you start banging out ideas for that epic bucket list, you’ll be able to check back and make sure you’re ticking off at least one every month.
Learn some lessons
Further your skills in your industry or upskill your creative offerings by signing up to new classes. Platforms like Skillshare and Teachable offer a plethora of courses on everything from languages to art to marketing skills. Choose a skill that suits you and work your way through the courses in your own time. Enrol in a conference, sign up to a workshop and keep an eye out for interesting webinars. Take time to honour the skills you’ve always wanted to learn. Plus they don’t always have to be career-related. Discover your creative side by brushing up on your cooking skills or exploring the outside world. The smart kids at school weren’t lying when they said learning is fun.
Healthy body, healthy mind
Far too often we look at eating healthy as a restrictive diet, one that seems much more like a punishment than a treat but when you take into account how much better a shift in diet can make you feel, it’s hard to knock it as being negative. Once you’ve got handling on the diet side of things, look to incorporating more movement into your day to day life whether committing to 30 minutes of yoga or a long walk after work in the evenings.