“There is no more profitable investment than investing in yourself. It is the best investment you can make; you can never go wrong with it. It is the true way to improve yourself to be the best version of you and lets you be able to best serve those around you.”
― Roy T. Bennett,
Our entire childhood we are forced to grow and learn by our parents, emotionally, academically, spiritually, maybe some piano lessons, forced to eat your peas & carrots and what not.
But now that we are adults, it becomes so easy to become complacent and stagnant.
No-one is over our shoulder telling us to wake up and go to school, no more school sports to keep us in shape, and hell we have all the power now and if we really wanted to we could eat chocolate donuts for dinner every night!
But at some point you have to get yourself off your ass and commit to continuing to make yourself a better, more productive human being.
You have to invest in yourself!
Invest your time and invest your money. Because becoming a better you, allows you to be a better (insert servant title here) to someone else.
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1. Read, read, read – Money / Time Investment
I have never been a book worm until this year but I wish I would have started reading a long time ago.
If you are looking for a simple and cost effective way to invest in yourself, this is it!
Not only is it amazing to me that you can learn something that took someone an entire lifetime to learn in one book. But it’s also a chance to expand the way we think and peek into someone else’s thoughts, ideas, emotions and views on life.
Research shows, reading also improves:
- Writing skills
- Reading skills.
- Improves concentration and focus
- Heightens brain connectivity
Find the genre that interest you the most, and reading won’t become a “task”.
Some of my favorite books are listed at the bottom of the page.
2. Listen to podcasts – Time Investment
I am feeling like a real grown up these days guys. I actually don’t listen to music much anymore while I drive!
It’s a little sad but I sometimes I feel like I am wasting time listening to music when could be listing to a podcast that is informational or encouraging/inspiring.
There are podcast about anything these days so if you have an interest or have something you want to learn more about, listen to a podcast and use time like driving or in the shower or while you’re doing your makeup to listen to something positive or educational.
Some of my favorites are:
Rachel Hollis – Rise Podcast
Jenna Kutcher – The Goal Digger Podcast
Sazan Hendrix – The Good Life Podcast
3. Daily Journaling – Time Investment
Journaling is as close as you will get to a therapist without paying for one and the best way to invest in yourself emotionally.
The process of brain dumping all of your emotions on a page first thing in the morning is so therapeutic and can truly transform your day.
Not only will you get all of those thoughts out of your head, but writing them down allows you to work through your thoughts.
Sometimes when you read back what you wrote, you might be surprised to find yourself rolling your eyes at how non-important the issues you think you have actually are.
There have been plenty of times where I didn’t know how to approach a situation I was having, but once I wrote it down I used it as a guide to approach my problem. I had everything preplanned on what I wanted to say, how I was going to say it and what I wasn’t going to say…
But more than using a journal to work through your deep seeded issues, it’s a wonderful place to keep your memories. Your 70 year old self will be thanking you!
4. Find an exercise you enjoy – Money / Time Investment
Key word, enjoy. I am still on the exercise struggle bus but I do know one thing.
If you don’t exercise, you will gain weight.
Possibly more important than gaining weight, you will feel like garbage if you don’t move your body on the regular.
So find an exercise you enjoy because if it isn’t something you like to do you wont stick with it. You just won’t.
You might enjoy:
- Weight lifting
- Dance classes
- Cycling (Not my thing, those seats hurt my butt)
5. Keep learning! – Money / Time Investment
This is so so important guys and honestly best way to invest in yourself. You need to make yourself valuable in more ways than one these days.
This doesn’t always mean college but there are so many ways you can keep learning after high school to continue to make yourself valuable.
This can be in the form of books and podcasts but mainly I am talking about degrees, licenses and certifications.
Not only can this mean a more lucrative career, but it will make it easier for you to find a job in general and feel confident in yourself and your abilities to perform that job.
6. Make time for yourself – Time Investment
Whether you’re single, dating, married, married with kids, a single mom or dad, it is essential that you are taking time for yourself.
That can mean doing your makeup alone, going to the gym, taking a long bath, taking those dance classes you’ve always wanted to take, going to those guitar lessons, etc.
Whatever that is for you, do it!
Oh yea, this is the important part…Do whatever it is, and don’t feel bad about it.
This is a habit that is so important to create because no matter what your role is, no matter who you are to someone else, you can’t be that for them if you aren’t showing up for yourself.
If you neglect yourself that will show up in every aspect of your life. So take that time to make yourself happy.
Whatever it is, make the time and do it.
7. Travel – Money Investment
Not everyone is into travel and I get that. As long as you’ve tried it and didn’t like it, I’ll leave you alone.
However, if you haven’t traveled yet, now is the time.
Maybe you don’t have kids just yet and although it isn’t impossible to travel with kids (we do it all the time) it does get significantly harder and more expensive.
Our twenties are our time to mold into who we will become for the rest of our lives.
This time will influence how we will move about this world as an adult and how we will raise our kids, should you choose to have any.
Learning about new cultures, their values, their struggles, and just in general their day to day lifestyle will open your eyes to what we do right and what we do wrong.
Just because we are American doesn’t mean our country is the epitome of all that is right in the world.
It’s a chance to open your eyes and from experience, it will make you realize how insignificant you and your problems are compared to other parts of the world.
I feel like these experiences help broaden your mind and allow you to walk through this life full of gratefulness for the life you live.
You can read about my life changing trip to India here.
Strive for better
Investing in yourself will look different to everyone! We aren’t all meant to go to college, maybe what you want to do doesn’t require school, maybe you despise reading and you will never pick a book up in your life (choose audible then).
Point is we all have to do something more to continue to grow and become our best self.
Keep moving, keeping pushing forward, keep growing and invest in yourself. After all, you are your biggest asset.
Books That Have Made Me Better A Better Me.