You must be doing a lot of things to be successful in your life. You have gotten a good education, have worked hard to achieve your goals, invested in good places, and are looking for more opportunities. Along with doing everything you can to flourish in your career, you are also caught up in people’s expectations and the societal responsibilities to be a part of them. Where you are too busy to survive in this world, you are neglecting yourself.
Investing in yourself is a lot more important than investing in any successful business. Do you want to know what yields more? You need to look around and see that the only person that matters the most in your life and that can change your life, is you? If you take care of yourself mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, you can easily find a way to make yourself stable financially. If you have a calm mindset and emotional well-being, and if you are at a good spiritual place, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving what you want to achieve.
Investing in yourself is one of the biggest investments you can have. If you are already here reading about it, it means you care about yourself and you know taking care of yourself is the act that will lead you to success. If you invest in yourself, it allows you to become a better person and a better candidate for opportunities in the future.
So, let’s get to the practical versions of investing yourself spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. If you practice these tips in your life, you will see a change and progress indeed.
Reading and Writing
You are busy and you can hardly find time to read a book or write something about yourself. It is understandable, but what if we can tell you that reading just for six minutes can reduce your stress and make you relaxed. You don’t have to read something particular, you can always grab the books that are meant to increase your knowledge and expertise in your area of the profession, or you can read stories if you like. Whatever you read, just remember that it makes you a different and a better person. You will feel the change after the first time you read anything. Start by just for a few minutes daily.
Just as same as reading, writing has a powerful impact on your life. You can do it from wherever you are. Keep a journal with you always, and write about anything you like. You can write about your day, your past, your goals, any stories that come up in your mind, etc. Writing helps you explore your mind and gives you a clear idea of what do you want. It also enhances communication skills, creativity, and makes you a better thinker.
Developing a new skill
You think you are already too talented and you are an expert in your field, why would you go the extra mile to learn something that isn’t about your field? Well, adventurous and creative people do that and that makes them better in their field eventually. So, why not give it a try and see how it changes you? It could be anything. There are plenty of new things that you can learn. Learn gardening, hiking, fishing, driving, a new language maybe, another degree, coding, or anything that interests you. It doesn’t have to be difficult or too time-taking. You can even learn piano lessons through online learning. Developing a new skill will help you become more creative and better in your field. You might not see it at first, but you will experience the difference later.
Talking about physical wellness, we prefer to exercise. But do you know exercise involves emotional and mental wellness too? Yes, it makes you emotionally stable and induces the hormones that give you relaxing vibes. If you start your day with even a little bit of exercise, you will see the change that day as compared to the others. You will feel physically and mentally fresh, and you will see that you have better problem-solving skills as well. Exercise doesn’t mean workout. It can include just a mild walk as well. Just step outside and have a walk every day for a while, your whole body will respond to that and you will feel better that day.
Learn to say NO
Are teaching yourself to say yes to everything because you don’t want to disappoint others and want to meet their expectations as much as you can? If you keep on doing that, you are doing wrong with yourself. If you are living up to other’s expectations and saying yes to everything they ask for, you are losing your personality and identity. You need to say ‘NO’ to the things that you don’t want to do no matter how disappointed the other person is.
Doing someone favors? Good. Helping someone? Good. But involving yourself in some dangerous activities just because your friends want you to? It is highly toxic and dangerous for you. If you want to be successful and do something with your life, you need to find yourself first. Start by saying ‘no’ to the things that seem inappropriate to you. Never feel ashamed of saying ‘NO’, because it is your life and you have the right to live it as you like.
We often ignore this because we have a lot on our plate and we don’t know how to manage it, so we let it go with the flow. One thing that we don’t realize is that it makes us disorganized and it is unhealthy for us. If you are keeping up your time management, you are not managing anything. Do it for one day, start your day according to the time table you made for yourself and work according to it. You don’t have to calculate every minute give yourself a margin for unplanned activities, but try to stick to it as much as possible. You will see how organized you feel and how all the work is done within no time. It improves your work ethics and your personality overall. You will see you can plan better and work better.
Take Calculated Risks
Risk-taking is a part of growing and it enhances your qualities. When you are stuck in one place and is not moving at all, you are not growing. So, if you want to achieve success, you got to take the risks. But, there is one problem. Many people take it as a motivation and take multiple risks where some of them are not even achievable. This is where everything goes wrong and they are back to not taking risks at all.
If you want to succeed, you need to take calculated risks where you are aware that even if you lose, you are not losing anything big. Calculations matter a lot when you taking risks and putting something of yours out there. The more you think about it, the better are your chances of getting it. So, do proper calculation before taking the jump so that you can land.
Though we all think having proper sleep doesn’t matter especially when we are working hard for our goals, as it turns out, sleep patterns are related to mental and physical health. You must have experienced it yourself that when you don’t have enough, you are irritated for the whole day and you cannot make any good decisions as well. This happens when you haven’t given your body and mind the rest they deserve. With proper sleep, you can have a deal with everything that comes across you with a calm mind and an active body.
Reduce Social media use
Social media has shortened distances and make our life a lot easier. But how do you feel about yourself when you are checking your cell phone, again and again, enjoying the social media world, reading then disturbing news, and thus neglecting your real-life issues. Though social media is a great source of connections and knowledge at the same time, it can keep you distracted from the things that matter. You might find yourself unavailable to the real-life stuff and indulged in the internet and media. Just remember that social media can get so much addictive and it can cause real harm as well.
Investing in yourself is all about giving yourself proper time, taking care of your mental and physical health, and not neglecting yourself for the things you have to achieve. If you take out some time and practice a few of the above tips, you can go better in achieving your goals rather than without them. So, take a small step and start giving back to yourself slowly from today.