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Take the time to invest in yourself. Your future depends on it.

Chomwa Shikati
Mar 15, 2018 · 7 min read

A young boy aiming to become a painter will spend countless hours studying, practicing and implementing new techniques in order for him to one day produce a master piece.

Just as well, a young musician aiming to one day perform on a grand stage will take the time to learn the music theory, chord progressions and many more numerous musical techniques that will improve his/her overall skills in order for them to release a piece of music that many will sing and play along to.

Whether they know it or not, in both examples, these individuals are doing one thing that will prove to be the most valuable thing they may very well ever do for themselves in their careers.

They are investing in themselves.

Where you will stand and what new things you will be capable of doing tomorrow will largely depend on what you do to improve yourself today.

Without working on ourselves and improving ourselves every day, it would be unrealistic for us to expect a much different future from the one we have right now, it would also be unrealistic for us to perform better in the future, because we will be no different tomorrow from the person we are today.

That is why YOU are the most important thing you can place your time and money on.

An investment in yourself is a great example of self-love, and may very well be the most profitable investment you will ever make.

The worst thing you can do that will self-sabotage the ‘future’ you is continuing to do the same thing and assuming that you will automatically improve and advance to where you wish to be. That is definitely wishful thinking.

No improvement in our lives will happen automatically without us working on them. If we want to get better then we have to work on it.

And no one is exempt from this fact.

Whether you are a powerful CEO wanting to expand his company and build his legacy or an employee at the lowest point in the corporate ladder wishing to climb it faster, self-investment, therefore making yourself become more valuable to others around you is what will make you achieve those objectives.

When you are bold enough to take steps that will improve your performance and overall well-being, the universe will respond by granting you amazing results.

The effort you put into consistently investing in yourself will also play a large role in determining the quality of your life now and in the future.

What areas in your personal life can you do well to invest in? Consider the following.

Invest in your creativity

Creativity is responsible for a lot of things in our lives. It allows us to have fun, it inspires us and may very be what will change our life.

Do you remember how you were almost never bored, even when you were on your own, when you were just a young child? That is because you had your creative mind to keep you company. Well that does not have to change.

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older.

We can constantly set out time to deliberately work on creating something new. Spend an hour a day coming up with a business idea, improving an area in you work life or improving your relationships and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

Usually our best ideas don’t come while sited in one place, so take a walk or a hike and enjoy new sceneries; this will be a good investment in boosting your creative prowess.

Invest in your self-confidence

Confidence in yourself will take you places.

Self- confidence will determine whether you stand up for yourself or not. It will determine whether you find the courage to leave a dysfunctional relationship or continue staying in one. It will make you act on your business plan or not. And it will mostly be the determining factor in whether you succeed or not.

So find the time to invest in building your self-confidence. Learn to have the courage to speak your truth. The more you love yourself and own the value that you offer, the more confident you will become in sharing it with others.

Investing in your personal confidence is a great investment that will even inspire others to do the same.

Invest in your knowledge

The more we learn, the more we realize that we have a lot more to learn.

Educating yourself and gaining knowledge on a variety of things will empower you with tools that will make you and others become better.

Brandi L Bates, an Author has this to say about knowledge:

“Wrote my way out of the hood…thought my way out of poverty! Don’t tell me that knowledge isn’t power. Education changes everything.”

Invest time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of the knowledge you will gain, this is what will make you stand apart from mediocrity.

So read books, listen to podcast and watch videos that add value to you as much as you can for as long as you can. These are great resources that you can use to build your knowledge and expertise in any area.

Invest in your health

We can work for and get anything we want but if we don’t live long enough to see it and healthy enough to enjoy it, then it was of no use to us.

Every day we grow older and with each passing day we have a chance to either build or break our health. Eat right each day, fueling your body with nutrients. When you focus on eating organic and healthier choices, you will feel better and have more energy.

Invest in personal exercise every day. This might not feel like it is that important when you’re young and energetic but your future body will thank you for the effort you put in now. So do something every day to get moving and get your heart rate up, even, if it’s just walking the dog.

Exercise will also give you the energy to take on the day with confidence because of how it makes you look and feel.

Investing in your health will be an important investment for your personal gain.

Invest in your finances

A lot of people say that money won’t bring you any happiness, and that may very well be true, but you can’t ignore the fact that being financially independent will give you the freedom to do the things you love a lot more.

And that definitely does bring a measure of fulfillment and happiness.

It does pay to be financially independent, that is why you must invest time in maintaining and managing your finances wisely.

As many financial planners will tell you, building wealth is a process made of many small actions that add up over time. So if you want to see your bank account grow over the next year, adopting new money and lifestyle habits now is a smart way to start.

So learn how to save more, read on and talk to the people who are successful financially and devote 10 minutes a day to building a new financial skill. This will be of great value to you through your entire lifetime.

Invest in your relationships

One thing we can’t use an ‘instant results’ business model on and expect it to flourish is ‘our personal relationships’.

Relationships add more value to who we are and they take time to build. Your priceless most valuable relationships won’t take one day to build; they will take years and years. But they are also not built automatically without us putting in any effort.

We need to work on building them all the time otherwise they will slowly fade and die off.

This applies to business relationships as well.

The benefits reaped from building our relationships can be measured and seen over their lifetime value. The more they grow, the more value they will have and the more valuable benefits you will see.

Final thoughts…

One of the most important rules in life is for you to “Invest in yourself”. If you don’t, who else will? You and only you have to be proactive enough to take that responsibility.

Be yourself, and do what you can to make yourself the best you can be.

And investing in yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially, will allow you to become the best version of yourself. The extent to which you invest in yourself, not only shapes the way you interact with the outside world, it often reflects the opinion you have of yourself and this will affect your chances of success in the future.

So invest in yourself, because your future depends on it.

What are areas of life one can do well to invest in? What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment and share your thoughts in the section below.

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