There’s a common misconception that investing in yourself requires a lot of money, spare time, and a pack of solid gold face masks (maybe that last one is just me?). Investing in yourself sounds like something you do when you’re living the life of luxury already, having hustled your head off in your younger years, but it absolutely isn’t. Investing in yourself is simply choosing to honor yourself, to give yourself the time and attention you deserve, and furthering yourself so that the next few weeks, months, and years run smoothly.
You should always be looking to invest in yourself, no matter what’s been happening in your life or how you’re feeling. If you need a quick check in on how you’re doing, here are ten easy ways to invest in yourself right now:
1. Set yourself some sick goals
I recently asked a friend what his goals were for the month, and he replied with a pretty blank look on his face. “I mean, I don’t have any goals. Make money? Get a good career?” he replied. This was the reason he was feeling stuck because he had no goals for the month, no short term objectives, he was just showing up at work, working hard, coming home, having dinner, and going to bed. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Without goals, you’ll find yourself stuck in a repetitive loop. You need to set yourself some goals to allow yourself to grow. This is the first investment you should make in yourself. You can use the Goals 2019 Diary not only to set yourself goals for the month (and week) but to track them, with your hourly daily plan and monthly overview, you’ll be in a prime position to look to the future and make it happen.
2. Always trust your gut
You need to trust yourself and your decisions. This means you don’t allow other people’s opinions of you or the work you do take away from your efforts, and that you believe in yourself when you have a hunch or a feeling. You can follow your gut by asking yourself questions about the future and trusting your gut feeling. Think about where you are today, your gut has got you so far, and it can get you further if you only listen to it.
3. Build that c-word
The one thing that’s going to get you through life and help you achieve all your goals is confidence. Confidence in yourself and your abilities, trusting your gut will help you make better decisions, but your confidence in those decisions will carry you through. Confidence is knowing that even if you’ve screwed something up, you can own it, apologize and make it right. There are hidden opportunities everywhere, you just need to have the confidence to go out and get them, and realize that absolutely anything is possible, as long as you try it!
4. Make your life extraordinary
Your ordinary daily life is great, but every so often you need to push yourself and give yourself a break. Try new things, be creative, and step outside of your comfort zone. Have a look for things you’ve always wanted to try but have held back from yourself. Have fun trying new things and step outside the ordinary boundaries of your life, you’ll find that it grows your confidence and makes you feel incredible.
5. Feed your brain more
That might sound hard, but it’s actually not. If you can aim to read a book a week (or maybe a bit longer if you have a busy life) you’ll be feeding your brain and will feel amazing. I’ve been reading a book every two days recently, just sitting on the couch and whizzing through books until it’s time to go to bed. It doesn’t matter what kind of book you choose, but you should aim to switch up the genre every two books or so. You can grab chick lit, self-help books, non-fiction, best-sellers, and just read them. If you can’t get into it, swap it for a different book. But you should try to read about different perspectives because it’ll broaden your horizons and help you think about things differently.
6. Learn some lessons
Have a look around for a course or class that allows you to develop skills you’ve always wanted to learn. If you prefer to learn online, try Skillshare. You can choose a skill that suits you and learn it in next to no time. Find our favorite courses here.
7. Love yourself first
Your health and fitness is the most important investment you can make in yourself. If you start eating healthier, you’ll feel better. You should, as a minimum, cut down refined sugar and carbohydrates, you don’t have to cut them out completely, but cut them down and see how you feel. Next, you should work out at least thirty minutes a day, from yoga, swimming, a gym class, a run, a long walk, the options to get your body moving are endless. Just these two simple changes will help transform your body for the future.
8. Be happy
You can choose to see things as a negative, or you can choose to see things as a positive. You are as happy as you decide to be. If you’re looking for the negatives, or if you think “That’s just my luck,” stop. Try to find the silver lining in every circumstance and make a list of things that make you feel good, that way you will feel good, as often as you possibly can.
9. Think about your future
While we’re on the subject of goals, and indeed, using the Goals 2019 Diary to plan out the months ahead, you should be thinking about the far future. What are your goals in five years? Ten years? It’s hard to think that far ahead, sometimes, but you need to know what your non-negotiables are and what you really want. Some people decide they want a family at a certain age, others have decided that they want to be senior management, or retired, or owning their own business. The fact is, you can look ahead, you can look to the far future and make that tomorrow’s problem, or you can realize that the things you want in five years will never happen if you don’t start working for them today.
10. Become a smooth operator
Meeting the right people is an investment in yourself, you know. The more networking you do, the easier it gets. It might feel like schmoozing, but everybody wants a sympathetic and ambitious ear, and sometimes the friends and family you grew up with just don’t get it. That’s fine, they’re your friends for other reasons, for their ability to drink you under the table and name your entire family, but when it comes to your career and the struggles you might face, you need someone who understands you. You need to be able to decompress, to advance each other, to celebrate each little win. You’re only going to meet those like-minded people through an app like Bumble or by going out there and doing some old fashioned networking.
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