The best investment
Like many I was brought up to look after my belongings. I think most of us understand the idea of keeping up the maintenance on your car or doing regular maintenance on your house. It’s all about looking after your assets. More than that it’s about investing in your assets. I have a question for you ….. do you consider yourself to be your most important asset?
“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” — Robin S. Sharma
Like Robin Sharma, I am a big believer in the power of “self-investment.” Self-investment can come in many forms and may be completely different for you than it is for someone else. You might make an investment by undertaking some personal development, learning a new skill or developing yourself professionally. You could read a book, take a course or attend a workshop. You might begin by piecing all the various parts of the Personal Foundation columns together to create a solid base for your life. The rewards are numerous and varied, depending on how you choose to invest of course.
Investing in yourself is based on the concept of looking after yourself or of practicing self-care. It allows you to live your life by being the best version of yourself you can be. Investing in yourself isn’t “selfish” or “vain.” Investing in yourself is crucial. It provides a healthy source of energy to keep your “fuel tank” topped up. Not only will you have more energy for yourself you’ll find you have more energy for others as well.
To help get you started I’d suggest having 3 or 4 categories to work with. Keep a record of how you are going to invest in yourself. It’ll help keep you on track and can check off your progress and see how far you’ve come as time goes on.
For example you might think about including the following categories:-
– Personal life. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, is it time to start ticking off your bucket list?,
– Your health and wellbeing. Is there an aspect you’d like to improve e.g get more sleep, spend 10 minutes every evening relaxing before bedtime?,
– Your professional life. Is there a new skill that would give your work more variety or a course that would help you advance?,
– Friends and family (significant relationships). Is there someone you’d like to spend more time with, a group of friends you want to catch up with more often?
You get the idea. It doesn’t have to be complicated or a mammoth undertaking. Keep it simple. Lots of small steps create big changes.
It’s easy to forget to look after ourselves as we move into the festive and holiday season, when life tends to feel even more hectic, so consider starting to invest in yourself right now.
Make a list of 4 or 5 ways that you can, and will, invest in yourself, starting this week.
Your list might look something like this:
For the rest of the year, I will invest in myself by…
– Starting each morning with a 15 minute brisk walk .
– Cutting out “screen time” 2 hours before I go to bed
– Spending an hour a week reading a book or an article related to professional development
– Spend an evening a week connecting with friends.
Try to keep your list of self-investments simple and attainable.
You don’t have to commit to an intensive month long silent retreat or to suddenly eat only organic food at every meal. It’s OK to start small. Just like adding spare change into a jar every day for a whole year, small investments add up.
However you decide to “invest” in yourself—through coaching, training, education, new books, nourishing food, more rest, new habits, healthier routines, or anything else you might choose to do, remember this,
You are the best investment you’ll ever make.
Jan Aitken Life Coach