Written By Yonela Mabi
There is only one guaranteed investment and that is you. Besides being the person, you spend the most time with, you are also an immediate return on investment. Unlike other investments out there, investing in yourself is never a risk because it always pays off. This is when a little bit of selfishness pays off. Be it your job, co-workers or your family you are just as valuable as all the people you invest your time, resources and energy in.
Here are ways you can shift your mindset to invest in yourself:
Remember, one never gets too old to learn. By continuously expanding your knowledge and skills, you lay a solid foundation for personal growth and future opportunities. Start with the basics, and gradually delve into more complex subjects that could benefit you. All the other investment opportunities start falling into place, like a puzzle, as you build towards your future by starting with expanding your knowledge and skills.
We live in a transactional world where financial well-being is an important investment. Today’s Millennials have more economic power than any generation that preceded them. They are earning more, saving more, and investing earlier and at a higher rate than previous generations. For millennials, 31% started investing before age 21, compared to only 9% of baby boomers and 14% of Gen X. Contributing regularly to your future through saving is one of the smartest ways to ensure that you have a sound and secure future. While you might have to sacrifice a little bit today to make it happen, you are still investing in yourself. Set aside a portion of your income each month to build your financial security and cashflow. The power of compound interest and long-term investment can work wonders in securing your financial freedom down the road.
There are many other ways for you to invest in yourself beyond financial. Take into consideration your physical health, career, and relationships. This doesn't mean disregarding money entirely; rather, it suggests placing greater emphasis on the more vital aspects of personal investment. One sure way you could invest in your vitality is through daily physical and mental self-care practices.
Physical and Mental Health
Without good physical and mental health, it becomes difficult to live an abundant and joyful life. Prioritise physical self-care activities such as regular exercise, proper nutrition, and sufficient sleep. Take care of your mental well-being by practising mindfulness, engaging in hobbies that bring you joy, and seeking support when needed. Once you have your physical and mental health in check, you can move on to the next investment.
Invest your time and energy in people who genuinely care about you and make you feel joyful. Also, learn coping mechanisms to deal with negativity and egocentric people. Before committing to a long term relationship with a partner and starting a family ensure that your financial, continuous learning and self-care investments are mature and thriving.
Investing in yourself is an essential aspect of planning for a successful and joyful life. It goes beyond focusing mainly on financial investments. By prioritising your physical and mental health, continuously learning, nurturing good relationships and securing your financial well-being, you lay the foundation for an abundant and joyful life. You are worth the investment. So, invest in yourself, and embrace the limitless possibilities that lie ahead.