Most of what we refer to as investment is financial. It’s basically the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear ‘investment’
Beyond financial investments however are investments in other areas of living – body, spirit and soul. One of the best investments you can make is that in yourself.
This year, I decided to take my health very seriously amongst other things. I have come to realize that it is a healthy body that can fuel my passion and help me to fulfill purpose.
There is absolutely nothing cool about a stressed, fagged or ill body. I am a very lazy person when it comes to physical activity so while I work at that, I have taken to healthy food choices.
One very major lifestyle change I made was going into intermittent fasting and this is not just for weight loss but for the overall benefit of this eating protocol itself.
I am more alert, my skin is fresh, I go to the toilet every morning and I mean, the spiritual benefit is so great.
There is also this very one investment I am glad to have been exposed to as early as I could dress myself and this is learning how to wake up early. I would say that I am just beginning to appreciate that.
I have a blog post on how to wake up as early as 5AM and not feel tired. You can click to read.
So, in what other 5 ways can you invest in yourself this year?
1. Take extra courses
She mentioned to me a course she was saving for, it runs into millions and for a moment, I stopped to count my blessings. I am glad to be friends with people who know exactly how important it is to invest in themselves.
An extra course to boost your confidence in your chosen field is a great idea. There is always a short-term course to take online, offline. I will be putting together a post for bloggers about what courses they can take to build confidence in this career. There are also some general courses you can take, these have little to do with specific careers. Examples are public speaking and management courses.
They help to equip you in order to groom yourself around soft skills you will always need.
2. Attend seminars, conferences and symposium
Some people claim that seminars are pretty boring. I slept through some of the seminars I had to attend during my NYSC in-camp training. Some of them were boring as hell. Humph! When we ask some people to go and learn how to speak publicly, they won’t until they come to disgrace themselves in public and make their audience miserable. Hehehe…
This aside, seminars and conferences are beneficial. There will always be more than a speaker so grab the opportunity to gain immensely from the lively facilitator.
One great reward of attending meetups is how you develop interpersonal skills. You also have the opportunity to network with people in your field or just people generally.
I cannot stress this enough. Reading is one of the best ways to invest in yourself, sharpen your IQ and become versatile. In reading you gain experience from people who have been where you can’t be at the time, from people who are wiser than you are at the time. Men say they are impressed by women who read a lot. There is some sort of assurance that he isn’t mingling with a moron.
4. Watch documentaries and movies
Documentaries expose you to things you can never experience personally. I have an idea of some customs and cultures even without having to be in these countries. I also watch movies a lot. So get on with some movies and documentaries. You’ll be surprised at how much you get to learn from watching movie characters display personalities and true life experiences. I learned how to fold my clothes properly in Big Bang Theory. Remember Sheldon? He taught me that.
One other platform I would like you to plug in to is YouTube. My favorite channel is that of TED talks. You have no idea how much of influence that platform has brought into my life. Watching people discuss very important topics about life generally is a great way to invest in yourself this year.
You can check out 5 TED talks that have literally turned my life around.
5. Learn a skill
Skills are fast becoming life savers for some people. Some of the older women I have as friends didn’t know they would feed off a skill they learned a long time ago. I know of a fashion journalist who studied Law in the University. She picked interest in fashion, sharpened up the inherent skill and today, she practices fashion journalism as a career. Skills will help you be the best version of yourself.
How else have you invested in yourself? What are you going to do to invest in yourself this year? Please share with me, I would really love to know.