Top Free Ways to Invest in Yourself Now That Will Improve Your Life
Investing in yourself is one of the best return on investments you can have. Whether it’s investing in learning a new skill, developing yourself personally or professionally, tapping into your creativity or hiring a coach, you need to give to yourself first before you can give to others. Today I’m getting to share with you my top free ways for investing in yourself and improving your life as a whole.
Investing in yourself provides a great return on investment in a myriad of ways.
It can improve your career prospects and help you earn more money. It can build your confidence, which can help you pursue your dreams and opens doors for new opportunities. It can enrich your life by introducing you to people, ideas, hobbies, and experiences you might have never encountered otherwise. And it will help you create a life that’s more satisfying and balanced.
Sure. Your habits and actions have a profound effect on your overall well-being and happiness.
The current situation you are in has been greatly determined by your past actions, habits and decisions. By making small changes and investing in yourself in positive ways today, you will ultimately be creating a brighter future for yourself, and you will be very happy that you did so. Our time, energy, and focus are all finite resources that we choose to spend according to our priorities on any given day. But if we take a long-term approach to that spending, we can maximize our benefits and invest those resources in ourselves and our futures.
If you want to invest in something with minimum risk and a guaranteed big return, invest in yourself.
When you invest in yourself, you feel better. When you feel better, you not only perform at a higher level, but treat yourself and others with more care. Our lives are not compartmentalized. How we feel about ourselves impacts how we choose to take care of ourselves, which ultimately affects how we feel. Get the picture? It’s all inter-connected. But when we choose self investment, we ensure personal growth. That growth is what keeps us going and its impact is felt across all areas of our lives.
Here are five ways to invest in yourself and radically change your life.
By the time you’re done reading this you will actually be excited about investing in yourself! These are simple things that you will actually enjoy and guarantee big returns. The best investment you can make, is in YOU.
Develop Your Skills
Improving your skills doesn’t always mean investing in higher education, though that’s surely an option, and perhaps a necessary one depending upon your career field. Investing in your knowledge and skills can take many forms. In addition, expanding your level of knowledge and skill isn’t limited to the business arena and doesn’t necessarily need to be formal. There are many “skill investment” avenues.
Each of us will go through phases where we aren’t as busy as we’d like, and that’s the perfect time to continue learning.
If you start feeling a bit restless or bored, this can lead to burn out. Take a moment to think… What’s a skill you’ve been dying to learn? Reading is a fantastic way to invest in yourself. It also is a relatively cheap activity and can even oftentimes cost nothing. Reading regularly has tremendous benefits. It stimulates your imagination, improves your vocabulary, increases your general knowledge, helps you relax, allows you to tap into the minds of great thinkers, assists you in solving problems, and it can be tremendously entertaining. Almost all the great leaders in this world spend time reading.
After a long day of work, family, and other adulting things, sometimes the last thing you want to do is study or learn.
Netflix, Hulu, video games, and other forms of entertainment can help you unwind. And I’m with you because I certainly can fall into the rabbit hole of binge-watching The Office or some other show. But in order to succeed in a better financial future, you have to dedicate yourself to expanding your knowledge. Why? Without investing in your knowledge, you are blindly following information and can easily make costly mistakes. Learn to invest in your knowledge, what books or blogs to read, and improve your mind. Even if you become quite the expert in something, still read or listen to others in the field.
Extra classes, advanced degrees, and relevant certifications, are all valuable investments.
Take classes, either in person or online. If you’re interested in getting ahead in your career, this may be a great place to start to invest in yourself as extra skills will open more doors. Set goals around your education and start investing time in research. Enroll in workshops, attend conferences, or participate in webinars. Many of these are free for participants, so take advantage of them as often as possible.
You should always be learning a new skill or process.
That is what successful people do constantly. They are where they are at because they are always improving themselves. If you do not make it a point to keep learning, you are stagnant and getting left behind in a world that is constantly changing. I believe that everyone should learn a second language, if not a third. Mastering another language has tremendous advantages. It affords you insight into a different culture and allows you to enjoy your travels more. It also helps develop your brain in a unique way. Being bilingual makes you more valuable in the workplace and that means you are more hirable.
Set Personal and Professional Goals
Setting goals is one of the most powerful ways to invest in yourself, yet many people neglect to do so. Setting clear goals is like looking at a map and determining your eventual destination. It is much better than driving around aimlessly and hoping that you will reach a destination you like. It provides you with a clear focus and helps you decide how to spend your time. It makes decision-making much clearer. It also allows you to plan more effectively and attain amazing results.
If you’re not aiming for something, you will not know where you are going and you will lack purpose.
As a result, you will find it harder to find fulfilment and satisfaction. Set goals to give yourself direction and achieve the things that are most meaningful to you. The alternative is that you are living your life based on other people’s expectations. Be true to yourself and set goals that are meaningful to you. Follow Warren Buffett’s advice and set no more than five goals at a time. Moreover, make your goals smart — specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. For instance, instead of saying “I want to lose weight in 2022,” you could say, “I want to lose five pounds by September 2022 and I will do so by going to the gym five days per week and eliminating refined sugar from my diet.”
Goal setting is the process of identifying what you’ll spend your time on.
Being a good goal setter means being able to identify the right things to focus on — and avoiding the stuff that doesn’t really matter. I’ve developed a lot of my personal philosophy based on the classic book Goals by Brian Tracy. I’ve also found another classic, The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz, to be essential reading. The real challenge is not determining if you want the result, but if you are willing to accept the sacrifices required to achieve your goal. Do you want the lifestyle that comes with your quest? Do you want the boring and ugly process that comes before the exciting and glamorous outcome?
You may love them or hate them, but the truth is setting goals will help you accomplish more.
Once you’ve identified a goal and written it down, you’re more likely to change your behavior and take actionable steps to achieve that goal. Goals also help clarify what you want. Instead of having a vague dream or occasional wishful thinking, setting a goal helps uncover what you truly want. More importantly, it’s the first step in figuring out what you need to do to get there. Once you’ve set a goal you can focus your attention and channel your energy to achieve it.
After you set your goals, it is important to plan how you are going to achieve it.
Goal-setting is the act of deciding your destination. Planning, on the other hand, is similar to determining how you are going to get there. It is the route you are going to take to your destination. Without planning, it is nearly impossible to achieve your goals because you will waste valuable time and other resources wandering aimlessly. All productive people plan, so invest in yourself by doing the same. The effects are powerful.
Take Care of Your 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. I know that the unhealthy burger or cupcake gives us instant gratification, but if you’re like me, you regret it later, because you feel lousy afterwards. Exercise daily. Do something every day to get moving and get your heart rate up, even, if it’s just walking the dog.
Exercise gives you the energy to take on the day with confidence because of how it makes you look and feel.
By exercising regularly you will be investing in a habit that creates a healthy mind and a healthy body. The benefits of exercise include disease prevention, better mood, lower body-fat and weight, increased energy, better sleep, and an improved sex life. There are so many different ways to exercise so find the kinds that you find fun. One exciting way to invest in yourself is by making the effort to engage in wholesome and healthy activities, both indoors and outdoors. All of these activities will make you healthier, teach you new skills, facilitate camaraderie and make you a more interesting person to be around. The options are endless so find things that you truly enjoy.
If you want to see the results of your investments come together, your physical health is very important.
This means exercise, eat well, have routine doctor visits, and generally pay attention to your body and what it might be telling you. It’s easy to fall behind and out of a groove on this one, especially when life and family take up more time. Start investing in your physical health, as this can greatly affect your attitude and choices too. Money is important, but it is not greater than your personal well-being. Investing in physical health allows you to feel better, be motivated in life, and ensure you don’t become a potato on a couch.
Recently, I came across a powerful quote some time ago that I haven’t since forgotten.
“If you don’t make time for health, you will soon need to make time for illness.” Health my friends is the truest wealth that any amount of money can not buy. While money may sometimes be able to help you fix health problems, taking care of your health is the best insurance ever. Having excellent health is a matter of choice. Barring unforeseen circumstances or medical issues, we all want to stay in control of your health. Often we become too busy focusing on our career, finances, and family that our own personal health may get placed on the backburner. But don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right the first time. We’re all human, and our human nature is fallible. Just get up and try again.
In a society in which people are expected to work long hours and pass on vacation days, there is an underlying belief that we must always be productive — which can ultimately take away from opportunities for self-care.
But by taking some time out to engage in self-care, you may relieve the pressures of everyday life and reset yourself to get back to a healthy point where productivity is once again maximized. Considering the costs associated with mental health services, lost wages and more, spending some time on yourself may ultimately benefit everyone. Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy, and more. From a physical health perspective, self-care has been clinically proven to reduce heart disease, stroke and cancer. Spiritually, it may help keep us in tune with our higher power as well as realize our meaning in life.
Choose to Be Happy
There are so many ways you can invest in yourself, but ultimately, taking responsibility for your life and how you feel is a key to happiness and fulfilment. Decide today that you are committed to feeling good and make an effort to do so. If something that you deem bad comes up, make an effort to reframe it in a positive light or look for the lesson or something you can be grateful for and let go of it. Spend time with people who make you feel good and less time with people who irritate you or tend to make you feel anxious.
Always be happy, be positive, and be grateful. Happiness is a choice. Focus on the positive aspects of life and look at all the reasons to be grateful.
Life is an endless pursuit for happiness, and many times you get so hung up on your life and your job, that you forget to live for yourself. You need to take time off your schedule for self-care and keeping yourself sane. It does not matter what you do in your time off, but you just have to make sure that whatever you do, it makes you happy, calm, self-centered, relaxed and peaceful. Even if it’s just binge-watching on Netflix. Just take the time to do it.
Get the proper sleep, take a step back if you feel overwhelmed, meditate, anything that can help you find a balance.
Make an effort to love yourself unconditionally by using daily affirmation, self-reflection, and paying close attention to your thoughts and beliefs. A person who loves himself or herself is more likely to invest in themselves and make better decisions. Start listing what you like about yourself daily and stop trying to win the approval of others. Distance yourself from negative people and forgive yourself for your past mistakes. Practice gratitude for all that you have. You are worth it!
Desire is what gets us up in the morning. Commitment is what makes us take action on what we want during the day.
If you want this to be the best day of your life, then commit to having the attitude that it IS going to be the best day of your life. You will be amazed at how the intention of staying committed will help you stay committed! (Say that three times and try to understand it.) And once you stay committed for one day and see results, then you will want to feel that again and again, and soon it will become a habit to commit to your happiness.
Putting a smile on my face, even if I’m not feeling happy, naturally shifts my vibration.
Don’t believe me? The next time you’re feeling miserable, put a smile on your face and see how long you continue to feel bad for. When you have a smile on your face, you can’t help but feel happy. Intentionally going about my day with a smile on my face is the simplest, easiest way to boost my happiness. And, not only do I feel happier smiling, my smile helps others to smile. Research shows that when we see someone else smiling, we can’t help but smile right along with them. Knowing that my smile is contributing to someone else smiling, also makes me feel happier!
Invest in Your Meaningful Relationships
Your family and friends are valuable and it pays to stay in touch with them and give them your time. It will deepen your relationships with them and show them you care. Invest time and effort in staying in touch with them regularly, whether in person, via telephone, email, or Skype, etc. You will be happy that you did in the long run. Make an effort to reach out to at least one person per day.
By the way, the types of friends you choose to be around have a dramatic effect on your own actions and behaviors.
The old adage, “birds of a feather flock together” is especially true when it comes to your friends. If you want to be successful, happy, positive, healthy, more productive, etc., make sure you associate with people who possess those attributes. Conversely, if you currently have friends who do not conform to your goals, politely get rid of them, or, at the very least, greatly reduce the amount of time you spend with them.
Take the time to reflect on the relationships that are meaningful to you.
These are most likely ones where you feel energized after the encounter vs drained. Whether they are family, friends, colleagues, time is limited and to live your best life, make sure you are spending the majority of your time with people that encourage you and you enjoy spending time with. Once you’ve identified these key relationships, make sure to invest in them. Make an effort to call them more often, or go on an annual trip, or send a card to say how much you appreciate them.
You must want to nurture relationships that nurture you.
This is one for a friend of mine a skill that could use some refining. Because she’s a natural introvert, she doesn’t mind one bit spending lots of time by herself. If she doesn’t make an effort, it’s easy for her relationships to suffer as a result. I’m not saying you have to be the most popular person and always be socializing with your friends and family. What I am saying is make an effort, and when you are engaged with your people make sure you’re totally present.
The relationships in your life have a large correlation with your happiness and success.
Sheryl Sandberg has said that “The most important career choice you’ll make is who you marry.” Another oft-repeated phrase to which there’s a great deal of truth is “Your network is your net worth.” Since relationships impact everything from your career success to your happiness, it makes sense to invest in them. For instance, you might set aside time to write physical thank-you notes. Not only can this flex your gratitude muscle — which has been shown to increase your emotional set point — but it can also help you build meaningful relationships. I’ve used this strategy to connect with others I respect. While I don’t ask for anything in return, I’ve never not received a reply.
Learning to invest in yourself may be the most profitable investment you ever make. It yields not only future returns, but often a current pay-off as well. The surest way to achieve a better quality life, and be successful, productive, and satisfied is to place a priority on investing in both personal and professional growth. The effort you put into consistently investing in yourself plays a large role in determining the quality of your life now and in the future.
Investing in yourself is not something that you can lose, it will always be with you forever.
Whatever you do for yourself, whether learning a new skill or spending time in personal grooming, there will always be benefits in the future. Investing in yourself may look a bit useless and feel like a waste of time, especially as a business owner, because the time you spend in investing in yourself is also the time you are not making money. But investing in yourself is the surest way to achieve a better quality of life, being successful, and being productive.
I can promise this: When you invest in yourself, a world of opportunities will open up for you.
And, if you have a business where you sell your services, you must know that no one will invest in you until you invest in yourself first. Investing in yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially, will allow you to become the best version of yourself. When you are the best version of yourself, you will be an attraction magnet to others!
Start investing in yourself today and see the positive changes in all areas of your life.
Decide today to invest in yourself. Investing in yourself means making small, continual improvements that enable you to do more, be more, grow more, and love more. We are all worthy and more capable than we believe. Please share which of the five tips listed above you plan to implement this week…I would love to hear from you!
Digital Dandy. Hacker From Heart. Workaholic. Coding Artist. Self-made.