To change your life forever, find as many ways as you possibly can to invest in yourself, your health, your wellbeing, and your future.
Normally when you hear about different ways of investing in yourself, you probably think to invest in stocks, 401k, or other things that have to deal with money.
As much as I love money, I can’t tell you how to invest your money as I am probably the worst investor there is. I don’t invest a lot of money, and the money I do invest, I either lose it rather quickly or I pull it from any investment before it has the opportunity to grow.
Instead, I want to share with you some ways you can start investing in yourself when it comes to other areas of your life such as your physical health, your mental health, your career, and your overall personal growth.
Ways To Invest In Your Physical Health
When was the last time you went out and got a good sweat in? When was the last time you challenged your body to the point of heavy breathing aside from walking up the stairs?
One of the best ways to invest in your physical health is through exercising regularly. Personally, I am one who exercises every day. I run at least three miles a day. It’s not much, but even running that short amount daily has many health benefits to it.
2. Get a gym membership
No, this is not mandatory, but it’s a good way to show yourself that you mean business. If you have the money to spend $60 per month or more on a gym membership, odds are you are going to be more inclined to get as much bang for your buck as you possibly can. Hopefully, this little spark of motivation will help you to get into the gym and actually utilize it.
3. Create good habits
Okay, let’s say you aren’t somebody who likes running or going to the gym. No worries. Get into the habit of putting a leash on your dog every morning as you wake up and go out for a 30-minute walk. Being healthy doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym every day. It means getting up and getting active for 30 to 45 minutes each day, it means creating good habits that you know to improve your health.
4. Follow a healthy diet
80% of your health comes from what you eat. You can have the best fitness regimen out there, but if you do not have a good diet, your body isn’t going to show the long and hard hours you are putting in the gym.
As cliche as it sounds, make sure to eat your vegetables, consume foods that are lean and high in protein, and stay away from processed sugars and unhealthy fats. We all know what foods these are.
5. Let yourself be human
Only because I never did and it hurt me later. But don’t allow yourself to become soo fixated on your physical health that you neglect your mental health. Sometimes your body needs a cheat day or a little extra fat. If you have a piece of dessert or an unhealthy meal, try not to sweat it. Just be sure to get back to your good habits for the next meal.
Trust me when I say this, having too healthy of a diet can sometimes be just as bad as having a poor diet.
Ways To Invest In Your Mental Health
6. Start a gratitude journal
Our reality is a reflection of the thought we predominantly think about. When we focus on more of the good, we will attract more good into our lives. Having a gratitude journal will help you with this. It helps you to see how much good already fills your life and how much good there is out there. In a time where much of the world is consumed by negativity, we could all use a little more gratitude and happiness in life.
7. Do something kind for others
Again, the more good you do, the more good you will receive.
Not only that, but have you ever noticed how you feel when you put a smile on somebody else’s face. You are hit with this wave of dopamine that immediately improves your mood. Not only do you feel better in seeing other people’s happiness, but knowing that you were the creator of that happiness will help you to feel happier as well.
8. Get 7-8 hours of sleep
I am a person who needs sleep. If I don’t get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, it becomes hard for me to function the next day. My mind becomes cloudy, I have a hard time focusing on anything, and overall, I just simply don’t feel like myself.
One of the easiest things you can do is to make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Not only does your body need time to recover physically from a long day, but so too does your mind.
9. Practice self-love
You are you and that will always be your greatest strength.
Oftentimes we fail to realize that we are all different and unique for a reason. We want so badly to be just like others that we fail to realize all of the amazing and unique characteristics we possess – characteristics that, if used correctly, can help us to achieve the goals and dreams we have for ourselves.
10. Go easy on yourself
Nobody is perfect, and the more we strive for this false image of perfection, the crazier we are going to drive ourselves and get down on ourselves when we make mistakes.
The only way to grow in life is to make mistakes, to learn from those mistakes, and to try and better yourself the next time around. Even the world’s most successful individuals make countless mistakes on a daily basis. So do your mind a favor, let go of the idea of ever being perfect, and allow yourself to make mistakes.
Ways To Invest In Your Career
11. Always seek opportunity for growth
Hey, sometimes this may result in a temporary pay cut, but that’s alright. Never limit yourself as to what you can achieve, especially at the cost of money.
I just took a $10,000 yearly pay cut, but the way I see it, it’s a short-term pay cut. The job that I currently have has far more room for growth and it is in a field that is only growing at a rapid rate, even during the trying times we are facing.
As for my old job, I maxed out as to what I could have achieved, and plus, once the pandemic hit, 90% of the employees were furloughed. Who knows if I would have been one of them.
12. Look for things to do
Even if you are caught up on your work, ask your boss what more you can do or simply go to other coworkers and ask them if they need any help.
This is good for two reasons:
First: If you ever need help in the future, your co-workers will be more inclined to help you if you previously helped them.
Second: It shows you care and that you are willing to work hard. Showing you care and being willing to work hard are two characteristics that go a long way the next time your company decides to give out raises and promotions.
13. Learn what you don’t know
If you don’t know something (and this is for both work and for life in general), don’t hesitate to ask. The only way you are going to learn something you don’t know is by either researching the answer yourself or by asking other co-workers.
There is this misconception that asking questions shows weakness. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Again, asking questions shows you care and you are wanting to do what you can do to become a better employee.
14. Know your strengths
I have struggled with this one in the past and have found myself trying to focus solely on my weaknesses and how I can improve on those weaknesses that I completely forgot to focus on and continue to grow on my strengths.
The thing is, you were hired for a reason. Your boss saw something in you that made you stand out from others. They saw your strengths, and now you need to continue to prioritize your strengths while also going the extra mile to continue to grow on your weaknesses. Don’t let your weaknesses overshadow your strengths.
15. Find a job you enjoy
I wish every person in the world would hear this but find a job you enjoy. You spend roughly a third of your life at work, at least on the weekdays. It doesn’t make any sense to use that time doing something you don’t enjoy.
There are going to be people out there who say they can’t find a job they enjoy or they can’t find a job they enjoy that pays well. That’s just an excuse. If you have to, take a pay cut. If you have to, take a job despite it requiring you to work on the weekends. Your happiness is far more valuable than money or status. It comes down to will and determination… that’s it.
Ways To Invest In Your Personal Growth
16. Read some books
I wish I would have realized this a lot sooner in my life, but knowledge is power. The more you read, the more knowledge you are exposing yourself to. Aside from that, you are also gaining the perspective of other individuals and it may cause you to think in ways you haven’t thought of previously.
Whether it’s for 20 minutes a day or reading 20 books a month, be sure to invest in yourself through reading as much as you can. You will thank me later.
17. Establish a morning routine
Do something early in your day that is going to set the rest of the day up to be a successful one. Also, make sure that it’s something that is going to benefit you and get you closer to your goals.
Oftentimes, we get up in the morning, immediately go to work, and by the time we get home, we are too tired to do anything that we want to be doing.
The best way to solve this problem is to wake up an hour or two earlier and make yourself your main priority in the morning. Give yourself an hour or two to prioritize your dreams, and do what’s going to help you get closer to your goals.
18. Create a vision board
Creating a vision board is a great way to help keep you on track as well as to help you stay motivated. I am a firm believer in vision boards as they can help you to envision your goals.
I have my vision board right next to the door of my bedroom. Every time I leave my room, I am reminded of what my goals are and those goals will then stay at the forefront of my mind throughout the rest of the day. Plus, there’s something fun about creating a vision board and envisioning the life you want to live.
19. Use a planner and/or journal
Thoughts are not going to do you any good if you trap them in your mind. The longer you hold thoughts in, the more you are feeding the chaos in which they can cause.
The same thing goes for planning. Have you ever noticed how you have a difficult time remembering all of your daily tasks as the day progresses? That’s because you think 60,000 different thoughts per day. You are never going to be able to remember every thought that passes through your mind. So for the most important thoughts and goals for the day, write them down so you can remember them and stay committed to them.
20. Practice positive self-talk
Why wouldn’t you want to? Others are only going to show you the level of respect in which you show yourself. If you aren’t confident in yourself and don’t think highly of yourself, how can you expect other people to?
You’re not going to be perfect, so when you recognize that you are talking down on yourself, simply do your best to focus your attention elsewhere. Shift your thoughts to ones that are more positive and reflective of the individual you are trying to become.
Before You Go
You deserve nothing but the best in life. Do yourself a favor, make yourself your own number one priority, and invest in yourself in as many ways as you can. You never know, it may just change your life.