Investments are important. Think financial context. When you invest a certain amount of money whether in stocks, certificate of deposits or bonds, you are doing it so that your money will grow into something more. It is a long term process, where you will be able to gain more than what was invested over time. Similarly, it is also important to invest in yourself because it is the best kind of investment to make. The thought may have occurred to you, but not of highest priority due to external factors which are mostly time and money. However, it is about time you recognize the real value of investing in yourself and how it will improve your overall well-being. You reap what you sow, so start sowing well through these 6 valuable methods.
Many of us are naturally skilled at something while some of us learn while we are young. Nevertheless, skills are one of the most valuable asset we possess. Hence, we should focus on developing them so that it can be utilized for a greater good. There are many ways to develop your skills. You can pursue your education in the form of extra classes, certifications or advanced degrees. Next, you can also attend a particular skill development seminar or workshop to further enhance your capabilities. It is also a good way to network with like-minded individuals. Besides that, reading is a beneficial way to increase your knowledge on a particular skill.
Explore new avenues
You never know what you have or enjoy till you explore. It will be a good idea to explore new avenues and distant yourself from your comfort zone to maximize your potential. Sometimes when we are out of our comfort zone, we do things we never thought we could do. But for as long as it is positive, keep going and never stop exploring.
Trust your gut
Our gut feelings are often right. Trust your intuition and go for it. Do not let others hinder your spirit. Pay attention to the way you feel about things, and the thoughts that occur in your mind before doing something. It allows you to make better decisions. Of course, it is a trial and error process but the more you do it, the better you become at making accurate and fast judgements.
Confidence is key in anything and everything you do. Focus on building confidence. Read self-help books and attend confidence building seminars. Surround yourself with positive people that will help you grow instead of bring you down. Trust in yourself and your capabilities. When you are confident, you will go far.
Every great idea in this world stems from the fact that someone decided to think out of the box. That is the power of creativity. Invest in building creativity. Write, do poetry, draw, sing, take up drama classes and do things you have never done to tap into that creative region of your brain. It will help you personally and professionally, allowing you to think of extraordinary ideas and out-of-the-box solutions to problems.
Prioritize your health
What use is all the skills and money in the world if you do not live a healthy life to utilize it? Always prioritize your health. You need to be a well-oiled machine to function long and usefully. It is okay to spend a bit of money on a gym membership, health supplements or clean food. Exercise and go for regular medical check-ups. Most important of all, try to maintain a happy and stress free life.
These ways are just a drop in the ocean of self-investment but it is highly valuable. There are several ways to invest in yourself and it is all worth a try. Besides, “Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” ―Robin Sharma
Kiirtaara is a proud 24 year old Malaysian from the small town of Ipoh. She is a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) graduate and is currently a part-time freelance writer with a full time job. She is also a huge mental-health enthusiast and avid animal lover.