It’s hard to invest in yourself when nobody else will. To make it worse, if you have a difficult time asking for help, finding ways to care for yourself and advance your career becomes even more challenging. It can be painful and discouraging at times, but it doesn’t mean you should ever stop trying. In fact, the world needs resilient people who are willing to invest in personal development no matter how difficult it might seem on any given day.
There are many areas of personal development, which you could focus on, like your career, health, relationships, career, education, goals, and creative pursuits. However, it’s impossible to create a better life and expand your creativity if you don’t know how to invest in yourself.
Never fear, though. In this article, we’ll explore five ways to invest in yourself when nobody else is willing or able to do so.
It might seem counterintuitive, but exercising is an excellent way to invest in yourself. It truly is one of the best ways to make your life better. When you exercise regularly, you get a healthier body. Plus, regular exercise helps reduce stress levels and also boosts self-esteem.
For example, many scientific and academic sources, including the American Heart Association, National Institute on Aging, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have demonstrated that exercise can increase energy, productivity, brainpower, memory, creativity, and stress reduction. Plus, investing in self-care is the best way to lose weight, fight depression and anxiety, and improve your focus. In fact, it’s so beneficial that the Harvard Business Review states the benefits are so great that everyone should engage in it to the extent that it’s part of their job description!
Setting goals can also be one of the ways we invest in ourselves. Setting a goal is an act that requires investment on behalf of oneself, with the explicit intention to improve or change something about yourself and your life.
Not just that, but setting goals helps you clarify your desires. Goal setting enables you to define what you want, rather than having vague aspirations or wishful thinking. There are many books and websites about the science and art of goal setting, including Michael Hyatt’s book, “Your Best Year Ever: a 5-Step Plan to Achieve Your Most Important Goals“.
Strengthen your current skills
Strengthening your current skills enhances the ways you contribute to society and helps others, too. There’s no doubt that you already know and use many skills, but are you an expert in the areas or skills you most depend on? You may not be, but it’s much easier to become an expert on a subject you are already knowledgeable about than in one you don’t know anything about.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to continue in the field you’re currently in, it’s best to assess which skills will be most effective for your future endeavors. Remember that solid communication skills, such as leadership, team building, and emotional intelligence, negotiation, business writing, public speaking, are helpful in just about any field you may wish to enter. You can also focus on building other highly valuable soft skills such as conflict management, time management, and persuasion skills.
Attend workshops and seminars
For a variety of reasons, conferences and workshops are great opportunities to invest in yourself. These events can help you expand your knowledge in a field or area that you are already proficient. Plus, they’re also great networking opportunities. It’s an excellent way for professionals to meet and chat with others in the industry. You may also find mentors who can help you advance your career.
You might also consider volunteering abroad through an organization such as Peace Corps if you’re looking to put something back into society. It’s the idea that by investing in helping others, you’re also helping yourself.
Keep a journal
It might seem like a strange way to invest in yourself. What good will writing in a journal each day do to improve your life? Well, the answer is that journaling is a great way to reflect and identify ways that you can grow. Daily journaling also forces you to be more self-reflective and helps with identifying ways in which you’re feeling the most fulfilled or happy, as well as ways in which your day is filled with stress or anxiety.
One of the most substantial benefits is that you can write out your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental, safe space.
Don’t get caught up in the rat race
As you probably know, it’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day rat race of life that sometimes you forget about or neglect yourself. There are also times, for various reasons, when others don’t feel comfortable investing in you. It’s at these moments when you need to double down on investing in yourself.
You can begin through self-care practices, changing your perspective on things you have control over versus those you don’t, and most importantly, by surrounding yourself with positivity rather than negativity. Ultimately, you can invest in yourself by making small, continuous improvements that will allow you to do more, love more, be better, grow more, and do more.
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