Habits and actions have a profound effect on our overall well-being and happiness. Our current situation has been greatly determined by past actions, habits and decisions. The good news is that making small changes and investing in yourself today, can ultimately create brighter future for yourself.
Today I’m sharing 4 simple ways to start investing in yourself right now. Even if you only choose to incorporate a couple these ideas into your life, the positive effect will be huge.
1. Apply For An Opportunity That Scares You
You know that thing that’s been on your mind, whether it’s a new career opportunity, fellowship, apprenticeship, contest or grant. Whatever it is, make sure that you go ahead and apply for it immediately (or at least as soon as the application opens).
I’ve said the before and I’ll say it again, you miss one-hundred percent of the shots that you do not take. So do yourself a favor, silence those limiting beliefs, and GO FOR IT ! The truth is in your life you will receive more no’s than yes’s, but it only takes one yes to change your entire life.
In June 2020, I applied for the Ad Club of New York’s i’mPART Women’s Fellowship, that elevates mid-level professionals to executives. At that time, I had no idea how that simple action would pay off in dividends for my career, professional development, and network (which is your net worth). Let me be your testament that applying for the opportunities that scare you can and will pay off!
2. Take a Class, Training or Workshop
We all have an area that we could stand to learn, strengthen, or brush up on. Classes, trainings, and workshops allow you to keep learning throughout your life.
Learning a new skill not only keeps your mind sharp, but it also adds yet another tool you can use to perform better in your career, qualify for a promotion, or even start your own business/passion project.
I recently was part of an Adobe Premiere Pro Creator Cohort where I learned how to sharpen my video editing skills, and I am so happy that I allowed myself to lean further into my passion for creativity.
3. Set Goals
Whether you love them or hate them, the truth is that 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.
When it comes to setting a goal that is meaningful yet challenging enough to keep you motivated, use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym as a guide. S.M.A.R.T. goals are:
GET *insert hand clap here* IT *insert hand clap here* GIRL *insert hand clap here*
4. Prioritize your health and wellness
Choosing to adopt a healthier lifestyle that consists of well-balanced meals and working out regularly can have positive benefits that extend through all facets of your life.
Studies have shown that individuals who improved their health through a well-balanced diet and exercise increased productivity by 10 percent. To stay motivated I recommend, fun workout attire, a meal-kit delivery service, group fitness classes or a personal trainer to hold you accountable.
Keep in mind it doesn’t just stop there, your mental health is equally as important as your physical health. I am personally believe in therapy, and recommend one for any person who is looking for an unbiased third-party listener.
5. Read Books, eBooks, and Articles
Reading is a fantastic way to invest in yourself. 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, and you should too!