As adults, you probably consider many things to be investments: cars, real estate, stocks, retirement funds. But what about yourself? If you haven’t taken the time for a bit of self-investment, you’re not alone. Many adults let their own advancement fall by the wayside, opting instead to put time and energy into other interests.
An investment in yourself is one of the safest bets you can make. Not only will you be better off in the present, but you’ll also be set for the future. Make strides today by enacting at least one of the following 10 ideas for investing in yourself. Soon, you’ll be watching your quality of life fly off of the charts.
1. Ask for More
Many people associate investments with money, and they’re not wrong for doing so. A self-investment can also help you improve your financial situation. If you’ve consistently worked hard at your current position, don’t be shy in asking your boss for a raise. If that’s not in the cards, think of ways to increase your income.
Perhaps you can set up an online shop or set goals to increase your commission. No matter what you do, you’ll be at ease knowing that you have a full wallet.
2. Follow Someone’s Footsteps
Sometimes; you don’t need to follow the road less traveled to find your own way. I chose my own mother as a mentor and followed her decision to become a certified translator. My passion for writing aside, I wanted to help expand language coverage on the internet to match shifting trends.
A mentor in your field of interest can provide you with a wealth of knowledge, especially if he or she has the position that you aspire to. A mentor can give you advice and provide you with contacts to make your dream a reality. Make a list of potential mentors, including people you know and don’t know in the field. Then, start making calls!
3. Better Your Health
Your career isn’t the only place to invest: taking care of your health will make you feel fantastic, too. Adding regular workouts into your weekly schedule, for example, will do more than improve your level of physical fitness.
You will bust stress and feel more confident, too. You can further your pursuits by eating balanced and nutrient-rich meals. Soon enough, you’ll be glowing from the inside out.
4. Say Thanks
Don’t wait until that November holiday to give thanks. Instead, spend a few minutes each day jotting down three things for which you are thankful. Surprisingly, this simple activity can re-frame your entire mindset.
You’ll be seeing the positive in so many little interactions and occurrences. And, not only will you have a new peppy outlook, but you’ll also be more productive and effective in the workplace. Now, that’s an investment.
5. Learn Something New
Many people consider education to be the greatest investment that a person can make in him or herself. That’s not a bad assumption. What might be a bit deceiving is the amount of education required to improve your prospects. Your employer might provide free training sessions or seminars that can enhance your knowledge.
You can read self-help books or manuals that teach you how to use a particular computer program, for example. You can also enlist in certification classes or courses in a particular subject of interest. Or, of course, you can pursue a higher education or advanced degree if you really think it’ll improve your quality of life in the long run.
6. Don’t Leave Your Creative Side Out
While you’re boosting your level of practical knowledge, the creative side of your brain might be left feeling a little rejected. Keep it involved by finding an outlet that you enjoy, such as art, photography, dance classes, or cooking. Creativity has an incredible effect on both your personal and professional life.
You might be able to contribute new and innovative ideas at your next departmental brainstorming session, or you might be able to get over a hump in a friendship or relationship with a new, more creative solution. The possibilities are truly endless.
7. Value Your Time
Social media is a dangerous outlet. You might think that you’ve been browsing Facebook for five minutes when you look up at the clock and realize that it’s been 30. In order to be the best version of yourself, you have to start investing your time wisely. This might mean tracking every activity that you do in a week and writing down how long it takes.
If something takes too long, find out why. Was it too difficult? Too easy? Too boring? Were you distracted? This time tracking activity can also show you when you get the most done. Start completing your most important tasks within this window for the most productive and effective future.
8. Stick to Your Goals
Self-improvement is often defined in goals. Perhaps you want to exercise more, or learn a new language, or save money for a condo, or meet new people in your city. No matter what you strive for, be sure that you’re actually sticking to the plan. The best way to ensure that your goals come to fruition is to make ones that can easily be measured.
For example, it’s better to say, “I want to carpool to work at least three days each week” than it is to say, “I want to use less gas in my car.” With a specific action plan in mind, you’ll be on the right road to improving yourself in the future.
9. Forget Flaws
…And uncover the best sides of yourself. Sometimes, a personality test or career aptitude test can help you uncover the best traits that you have. Are you a logical thinker? Are you caring? Are you charismatic? Hone in on what your ingrained assets are, and then take advantage of them.
If you’re feeling ultra adventurous, this could even mean exploring a new career option that makes the best use of your best side. Taking advantage of your personality and natural skills would make an incredible investment!
10. Why Do You Care?
Why did you wake up this morning? If you said, “to walk the dog and go to work,” you aren’t seeing the bigger picture. It’s important to know the deeper reasons as to why you do the things that you do. Take time to reflect on what you’re currently doing, what you want, and, most importantly, why. This will provide you with the drive you need in the days, months, and years to come.