There is only one guaranteed investment in life, and that is you. Yes, you.
Do you know that you are the most important priority to put your time, effort and money in, and yet you are probably the one thing that tends to get neglected in life? When other priorities require you to compromise, you can’t deny that more often than not, you are likely to be the first to bend. Investing in yourself is not a selfish act. By making your life better, you are in a better position to assist people around you to help make their lives better too. Besides, investing in yourself is also one way to ensure that you are well-taken care not only now, but in the future too. Because you are the person you have to spend the most time with, you are also the best example of seeing an almost immediate return on investment. One very simple example would be how much more refreshed you would feel if you could invest in just one more hour of sleep as compared otherwise. So if there is the one investment you can spend on yourself, what would it be? Education? Health? Future? Of course, the answer does not have to be mutually exclusive. By placing a priority on investing in both personal and professional growth, you can equally achieve a better quality of life, be successful, productive, and satisfied. The effort we put consistently into ourselves plays a huge role in determining the quality of life not only now, but in the future as well.
- Invest in new skills.
When we are young, education is important because it is fundamentally about developing us as a unique individual, helping us to discover and develop our interests, talents and strengths, so as to fulfil our potential and aspirations. That is why education does not have to stop at college. It serves to develop us on a whole, so that we are able to lead a full, creative and meaningful life.
- Invest in future.
That being said, no matter what you do for a living, regardless of how much or how little you make, investing in the future is critical. Learning to save and invest for the future is very important, and that process should start as soon as you start earning your very own income. It is only contributing regularly to your future that you can ensure you would have a sound and secure future. Besides, it’s never too early to start saving for your retirement!
- Invest in your health.
Heath is no doubt one of the best investments anyone of us can make. However, many of us tend to ignore this. It goes beyond obesity because even if we may not be obese, it doesn’t mean we are taking care of our body properly. We continue eating fast food, drinking sodas that are high in sugar, smoking and drinking excessively.
The recent rise in healthy grocery stores and the emphasis placed on organic food may have helped consumers like us to become more informed about the food that we are buying, but we need to go further than that. We need to start eating better and cleaner. Of course, everyone has their own preference as to what “eating clean” means, so do research into the different types of diets that exist and pick the best one for your goals. Remember that, everyone has different goals when it comes to health, fitness and diet.
Give yourself time, and when you are ready, take that leap of faith. Invest in yourself.