Investment in ourselves is one of the best investments with the highest return on investment we can ever have. The consistent efforts that we put into ourselves have a significant role in determining the quality of your life now and in the future.
But be cautious; in most cases, these investments are in the long-term category. Sometimes investing in yourself can pay no or only small “dividends” in the beginning. This causes many of us to give up the idea of investing in ourselves and revert to old habits. Many become skeptical and start telling others that it doesn’t work.
But most patient “investors” “start picking up the fruits”… They realize that they become healthier, have more energy, and the quality of their lives becomes much better than it was. And when they see the results, they start to invest more and more as they could feel “work results.”
So in which categories of “investments” should we invest? I have split them into three main categories.
Investments in physical property
It is an investment in our body – the temple of our soul.
Eat healthier food. Sometimes the advice would be eating less, sometimes eat more regularly, but the common advice for all of us is to have a more balanced diet. Drink more water.
Get some daily exercise. Walking, running, yoga, swimming, dancing. Do whatever you feel like doing. If you think that a good body shape and a firm butt will boost your self-confidence to the sky – set a goal, work hard and achieve it!
The easiest way to take care of yourself and boost your confidence is to invest in beauty. Small and simple things like manicures, pedicures, or hairstyle changes are the quickest and easiest investments in our confidence and well-being.
Investments in intellectual property
Read books. Sometimes I see people who read many books, but it’s more like ‘pulp fiction.’ Ensure you also read educational books, which are an excellent resource for gaining knowledge and experience in any field. I like audiobooks as I can listen to them while walking or cleaning the house.
Attend seminars and workshops. Build your knowledge in different areas. Seminars and workshops are also an opportunity to meet new like-minded people. Even during the pandemic, when most workshops and meetings are online, there is always an opportunity to join the community in the social network and interact with the community’s members.
I prefer to develop other skills rather than become a prominent expert in my primary profession. I believe it should be done during working hours and not waste my free time. As Robert Kiyosaki said, “Job security requires specialized education. Financial freedom requires a generalized education”. Therefore invest your money and time in learning different skills!
Job security requires specialized education. Financial freedom requires a generalized education
Start learning a new language. It not only boosts brain power and improves your memory. It also allows you to use the language and interact with the native speakers when visiting the country where this language is the country’s state language.
Investments in emotional property
Be grateful for all that you already have in your life. Notice and appreciate what is currently happening. Write down what you are thankful for, look to the list daily and add to it constantly.
By practicing gratitude, choose to be happy! Unfortunately, no one can make us happy except ourselves! It is our choice! Try to focus on the positive aspects of your life. Of course, there will always be negative moments and thoughts because that too has to do with our hormones, but you have to control them. I once received some valuable advice, and I want to share it with you.
Plan in your calendar a day and time that you will devote to negative thoughts. For example, one hour on a Wednesday evening. After that, you can feel sorry for yourself, cry, do whatever you want. Allow your negative emotions to come out. However, if you feel miserable on another day when nothing negative is happening, tell yourself, “Okay, Darling, not now, we have an unhappy hour planned for Wednesday! Please wait!” And try to focus on other things.
Fill your life with positive emotions. Create your bucket list. Write down everything you want to achieve, learn, do, see, feel and experience in your life. Try to fulfill at least one thing per month. Think about trivial positive emotions. It is not always needed to go to Bali to feel happy. Even a trip to the nearest city or picnic in the forest could bring you positive emotions.
Do not neglect to use the help of professionals like psychologists or coaches if you feel that you could not handle it alone.
If this were an article about financial investments, you would see a disclaimer here that this publication is not intended and does not constitute investment advice, trading advice, or any other kind of recommendation. Fortunately, investing in yourself is not traded on a regulated market. So I promise you that consistent investment in yourself and different areas of your life will gradually improve your life for the better!
Just never stop and keep moving!