Smart Ways You Can Invest in Yourself

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By Ashley Cairns

Life is all about making smart investments, often we might think that this means a financial one making an investment now to get the rewards later. Although this is great advice for anyone in a position to do it, it’s not the only worthwhile investment you can make. How many times have you thought to yourself ‘I wish I had the time to..’ or found yourself indulging in pipedream ideas? One of the most important things to get right is your own happiness and to get this you have to start making some smart investments, in yourself.

Frequently the follow up to wishing you had time to do something is not actually knowing where to start. So we’ve done our best to diminish that statement with 5 actionable steps to start investing in you. 

All you’ve got to do is now find the time. On that note, time is always there. It’s not necessarily about finding it, it’s about prioritizing it. Some of these steps can be achieved by dedicating 30 mins everyday to doing it, that’s about the time some people might spend on social media in the evening. Think to yourself, what would you rather do; loose time not really engaging as you scroll through your phone, or put it down and engage in something that’s going to get you one step closer to where you want to be?

Start a blog

One of the best ways to invest in yourself is to build a small online business. Try and get into the habit of blogging about something you feel passionate about. Having a little blog running that allows you to share your passion and wisdom can one day grow into something far more powerful and organic.
Trust me; starting a blog is without doubt one of the best ways you can start to make a genuine improvement to yourself. It’s good to sometimes read back on your own thoughts and realise just how eloquent you are!

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Take an online course

Why not use some of your spare time to help yourself learn a new skill?

It could be something to further the job you are already in, or to help you move into a new line of work altogether. This is a wise way to invest in yourself; learning a new skill or a process is a useful way to help you have another avenue for self-development.

This is a great way to really see yourself as a topic to invest in and to help improve as time goes on, giving you the tools you need to make a genuine improvement as a human being.

Some places we would recommend visiting if you’re interested in this are:

www.udemy.com

www.masterclass.com

www.achangeforbetter.com (couldn’t help slip that one in! We have a stock of courses around mental health, wellbeing and personal development)

Set a short-term goal

A great way to invest in yourself is to set a short-term goal. The reason I say short-term is because once you achieve that goal, the feeling of progression becomes addictive and you will want to keep on setting more.

This will mean that you start making progress down a whole new route that you simply might not have gone down otherwise. A long-term goal can feel impossible to reach, but a short-term goal leads you to setting another goal, and another goal, and another goal!

Here’s some ideas for short term goals to get you started:

  • Couch to 5k
  • Learn a new cookery skill and perfect it (i.e. how to make fresh pasta)
  •  Spend 10 minutes everyday writing down your business goals/plan
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Let go of hold-backs

A big problem for many people today when they want to invest in themselves is to let go of old reservations and issues. If you are avoiding going for a job because you might meet someone you dislike or have had poor experiences with before, you need to let that go.

Negative situations happen all the time, even during the good times in life. So, keep that in mind and start to let go of the hold-backs that are stopping you from being able to truly invest in yourself and what you want to achieve in life. It’s important to note that you don’t hold yourself back on purpose. It might feel like it sometimes when we don’t reach out for opportunities that we know we want or hold off from working our way up a little higher on that career ladder. It’s because our minds are developed to protect and preserve us, taking risks or stepping into uncertainty can ultimately end up with you being hurt or showing vulnerability. It’s human nature to try and avoid this. Once you are aware of this tactic, you can use it to your advantage and start working towards letting go of hold-backs. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get started

  • Write out the evidence. If you’re apprehensive about something, write out the reasons why you shouldn’t do it. Then write out the reasons why you should. It’s likely that the reasons why you should outweigh the reasons against, it’s just our mind focussing on them to keep you safe
  • Do a test run. Don’t feel you need to jump straight into making big changes in risk taking cold turkey for the mind. Build it up slowly, give yourself smaller challenges or barriers that will build your self confidence the more you do them.
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Start eating better

Another great way to invest in yourself is to go for a more physical explanation. Instead of keeping up a habit of quick-fix meals and take out food, invest in learning how to cook and make your own awesome meals. From rich and nutritious foods to your own take on your favourite street foods, learning how to cook properly is a vital part of learning to eat better and thus feel better.

Investing in yourself does not simply mean putting money into a savings account or buying a new business product; it means improving yourself in as many ways as you can to make life easier and more exciting.

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