Investing in your future is always a wise move. Invest in a pension, invest in stocks and shares, invest your money. Well, there is a different, more important kind of investment you should make. You should invest in yourself. Investing in yourself is about more than just money; it’s about time, trust, and self-worth. It is a powerful thing to acknowledge that you are worth investing in. Below are three ways you can invest in yourself to make you a better, more successful, version of you.
Health and fitness
As Mary Schmich famously said in 1997: “Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can […] It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.” It’s a shame to think that this fantastic, ingenious piece of machinery we call the human body is put to no more use than sitting down all day in front of a screen. Use your body. Go for a walk, go for a run, lift weights at the gym, play a sport. Keep your body fit and healthy by working it. The increased energy and strength will help your day to day tasks seem less tiring, and the endorphins and serotonin released by exercising will make you feel wonderful. Try not to eat too much, or too little. There are plenty of apps to help you calculate your recommended daily caloric intake depending on your level of activity. Aim for around 50-60% of your calories to come from carbs, and then the remainder split evenly between fat and protein.
Knowledge is power, and who doesn’t want a bit of power. Power isn’t just about ruling over others; it’s about having confidence, fortitude, and the ability to be yourself. Knowledge also helps you know where you want to be in life and how to get there. Education offers a fantastic Return On Investment. Don’t just limit yourself to state education and college. Teach yourself by studying, or take classes. There are even plenty of MBAs you can study online. The ROI of MBAs is fantastic, as not only do they offer you increased knowledge, but they open the doors to promotions and job opportunities you never thought possible before.
Personal growth is very easy to forget about after you finish school. During your time at school, you might have been involved in lots of extra-curricular activities. Things that weren’t directly related to your studies, but which you still enjoyed doing. When you’re busy dealing with work, keeping on top of housework, and possibly raising a family, it can be difficult to have time for anything else. However, it is important to make time. Having something else to dedicate some time and energy to, outside of work, is a great way to unwind and use your brain in different ways. Learn to play an instrument, take up a hobby like painting or archery. You could even buy an old car and teach yourself to fix it. Not only do you have something else to focus on, but you learn a valuable skill that could prove very handy when your car breaks down unexpectedly.
There you have it, three fantastic ways to invest in yourself and create a stronger, more successful version of you. Never stop learning, never stop growing.