What is the best advice you have ever received? The best advice I ever received from my mentor is ‘You are a business of one. You are a brand by yourself.’ You should add this piece of advice to your treasure. If you want your life to constantly change for the better, you have to learn how to invest in yourself.
You need to learn how to give to yourself first before you give to others and the world. It is often said that you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Meaning of investing in yourself
Investing in yourself is self-love. It means taking time every day to increase your skills, value and potential. There are amazing rewards that come from investing some energy into exponentially growing who you are as a person.
The beautiful thing about investing in yourself is that most of the tips don’t require money. All you need is relentless dedication and discipline. That’s all. You owe yourself the best version of a human being that you can be.
Investing in yourself is a wholesome journey that involves investing in yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially.
Ways of investing in yourself
Take care of your mental health
We all have experienced a low point in our lives. Some people refer to it as ‘hitting rock bottom.’ This can be in form of finding yourself broke and having to move back to your parent’s house, breaking up with the person you thought is the love of your life or failing in business. These things will leave you questioning your self-worth. Well, society has taught us from childhood that we should tie our worth to external factors. It’s time you relearn that myth. Take time to build a better relationship with yourself that doesn’t involve external factors. By taking time to do this, it means that every time you hit a low in your life, you will appreciate that you are still here. And that you can still start over and get back to the top. Your self-worth shouldn’t fluctuate depending on your grades, money, the number of friends or the job you have.
“There’s YOU and YOU. That’s a relationship. That’s the most important relationship.” Nayyirah Waheed.
Reserve time and money for self-love and self-care
You have to invest time to build the relationship you have with yourself. You have to prioritize taking care of yourself. Constantly doing this will communicate to your subconscious mind that you love yourself, and with time you will realize that you’ll be effortlessly happier. Self-care is about doing things that add joy to your life. What adds joy to your life? Is it eating a hearty laugh with your best friend, visiting a spa for a massage, buying yourself your favourite wine or book? Whatever it is, do it on a regular but controlled basis. Love yourself as if your life depends on it. It does. It truly does.
“Has this self-criticism produced any positive sustainable changes in your life?” Anna Yusim
Get yourself a mentor or coach
Is there an area in your life you are currently struggling in? Well, instead of leading yourself directly to failure, get yourself some help! Wise people avoid some mistakes by learning from others. Someone out there is an expert in that very thing that you are struggling with. A coach will give you a proper direction towards implementing your plans. It is okay to get yourself some help. It is part of self-care.
“An investment in self-development pays the highest dividends.” Debasish Mridha
Have you ever wondered why the most successful people read every day? Well, successful people are addicted to knowledge. Not entertainment. Deliberately invest in yourself by sparing some time daily to read a book, listen to an audiobook, read a magazine, blog or any educational content. Be smart. Work on your genius.
“Every penny NOT spent on investing in yourself (after basic needs of course) may be a wasted future opportunity from missing learns and connects.” Richie Norton
Work on something creative.
Creativity is a muscle that grows depending on how we use it. Learn a creative hobby such as painting, weaving, crocheting or explore any other creative thing you have always had interest in. Being creative enables us to manage stress and have fun while you’re at it!
“Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.” ―Brian Tracy
Take good care of your health.
You have heard many times that your health is your wealth. The consequences of not taking care of your health as early as possible are dire. Take time to plan a diet, buy organic food, exercise, and drink water every day. Being healthy improves your productivity which makes it easier to attain your life goals.
Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before. Pat Sumitt
Sometimes we invest so much time in working on our goals and hitting our bucket lists that we forget to rest. Learn the value of hard work and the importance of rest. Don’t carry all the world’s burdens on your shoulders. Allow yourself some time each day to just rest, breathe easy and smile.
Work on your inner circle of friends
Your friends influence the size of your dreams. If your friends are stuck in a comfort zone, you will end up being in a comfort zone. Your friends don’t read, you will not read. Have demotivated friends, you will end up forming a pity party club. Is that what you want in your life? I guessed not. Keep the right friends. Additionally, good friends also play a huge role in your happiness. Get the right ones.
Self-investment is the surest way to change your life. There’s no way things around you will change unless you decide to put in the work. Which of the above ways of investing in yourself are you already practising? Which other ways have you found valuable in your self-investment journey? Tell us in the comment section.