Are you taking time every day to invest in yourself? Do you have time set aside to focus solely on yourself? Investing in yourself is the ONE biggest thing that will help elevate you to living a successful life.
I’ll discuss three ways to invest in yourself and your daily growth. This can impact your personal, professional, and family life.
While your schedule may be full and resources tapped, I challenge you to do this anyways. Cut something out or sleep less to do what’s necessary to succeed. I won’t be accepting any excuses here, so let’s move on.
A daily investment is when you set aside time to learn, grow, and do something that helps you get closer to your goals. You want to do something that enables you to gain traction towards achievement.
While this may differ for each individual, I always find I’m more productive, aware, and focused first thing in the morning. There are fewer distractions, less noise, and fewer interruptions. Which leads to a quiet environment where you can sit down on your own and get important stuff done.
It all starts with learning something new and hungry to grow. Learning is the key to daily investments because you must be willing to succeed. Know-it-alls don’t invest in themselves because they know everything and don’t need to learn anything.
Learning is a big category that covers many different areas. By learning, I mean consuming some type of content. This could be reading articles, blogs, books, watching video content, or studying some material.
Have you always wanted to learn a language or a new skill? Do it. Don’t wait; get to work. Set aside thirty minutes a day and start today.
Learning differs from throwing random YouTube cat videos on for an hour or watching your favourite Netflix episodes. Digging into articles about improving your speaking and engagement skills and buying the top five books on speaking and reading them front to back, taking notes and applying them to your life.
The next self-investment is planning. Without a plan, you’re planning to fail. (Don’t do that.) Planning is what makes your thoughts and random ideas and puts them onto paper.
Planning is the key to getting things done. Yes, you can be busy, but you can be busy and waste time. I’m talking about getting 20% of the work done that matters and getting results and not the 80% of junk.
Planning requires you to sit down for at least five minutes a morning. What’s your timeline? Do you have meetings or phone calls you need to write down?
Whatever it is you want and need to do - write it down. Put it in a time slot. Which holds you accountable, and you’re much more likely to follow through and do what needs to be done.
Planning is what separates successful people from non-successful people. This one small habit can change your productivity instantly.
Stop winging your days and doing unimportant work. Have a plan and do what matters every day.
Days are busy, loud, chaotic, and constantly changing. Noisy environments are everywhere these days, and it’s hard to focus. Taking even five minutes out of your morning to sit quietly can do wonders.
I live by these words - How you start your day is how you end your day. If you start your morning off on the right foot (with these three daily investments), you will likely end your day positively.
If you start your day off rushed and late, things turn for the worse pretty fast. Silence is essential in being mindful. Being mindful is vital to living in the moment (the only time you can act on it).
I’ve spoken about mediation before; the practice of focusing on your breath and being in the moment. It sounds easy, but it’s a challenging practice to master. Meditation has been around for thousands of years. It’s nothing new. Some of the most successful people in the world meditate every day - and you should too!
Taking time to be with your breath will help you prepare mentally for the day ahead while keeping you grounded and in the zone. You can meditate for as short or long as you want. You could start at three minutes a day and work up to ten minutes daily.
Three minutes of silence is often much harder than you may think. Some people rarely experience much silence in their lives, so this can be challenging.
To invest in yourself means to grow yourself. To always be working on yourself and to live fully. By investing in yourself daily, you are committing to life mastery. Here are my top three daily investments once more:
It’s not rocket science. It’s simple and effective. I use them seven days a week. The more you stick with them, the easier it will become in your daily routine.
Try one or all of them today. It all starts with a choice to create something new and different.
Chris M Wilson
Chris M Wilson is a career coach, entrepreneur, blogger, author, creator, and doer. He is passionate about helping people leave the job they hate and jump into their dream careers!