You’ve probably heard someone tell you that you need to invest in yourself. But it can be difficult to know what this means, or how this should apply to your life. Also, investing in yourself can look and mean different things to different people.
As weird as it may sound, just taking time (because remember, time is money) to sit down and write your goals is an important part of investing in yourself and your future. Setting goals shows you care about where you are heading and that you’re not just letting life take you for a wild ride. Make sure you invest a little extra time in your future, and create these goals as SMART goals which include lot of details for you to aim for.
Take Time To Build Yourself Up
Investing in yourself doesn’t always mean looking towards the future, it also means you should take some time and work on the most important person in your life, yourself. What do you struggle with? Is it confidence? Emotional intelligence?
Once you find one of your weaknesses, spend some time working on it, as even this is an investment in you. Not only will taking time for yourself make you feel better about yourself, but it will also put you in a better place to achieve the goals you may have written for your future.
Take Care Of Your Body
You are only given one body in this life. And although we can do numerous things to change the way our body looks on the outside, you really need to worry about how your body is on the inside. Investing in yourself means investing in your health.
Start working out on a regular basis, even if you can’t work out every day, set a weekly goal and stick to them. This also means you need to eat healthy, even if it costs a little more. This may seem difficult, especially when things like donuts taste so good, but remember, this is an investment in the future you, and if you want it to come to fruition, you must put in the work now.
Don’t Stop Learning
According to Live Science, every time we learn something new, our brain creates new cells. But if we stop learning, our brain stops creating new cells. In fact, one study found that while our brain is learning, the grey matter in our brain grows 2-3% larger than its regular size.
But when subjects in the study stopped learning new tasks, the grey matter returned to its original size within a few days. So besides just setting goals and taking care of your health, try to learn something new daily. Invest in your education.
This doesn’t mean that you have to go back to school to get a new degree but consider downloading one of those word of the day apps or maybe trying to learn a language you’ve never learned before. Who knows, you might just have fun and learn something interesting along the way!
When people think of the word investment, they often think of money, or capital. But investing in yourself doesn’t mean you necessarily give money to yourself, rather it means you spend money towards making yourself the person you want to be. This can be in the realm of setting future goals, emotional advancement, making healthier choices, or even taking steps to learn something new. Also, you don't always have to spend money; borrowing a book from the library is free and there is tons to learn just from reading. Also, reserving time to do internet research can be free as well by going to the library.
Overall, investing in yourself is one of the most crucial things you can do in this life, after all, yourself is the one person you will always have to spend time with, so you might as well make yourself the best person you can be.