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May 10, 2017

Big Returns (ROI) When Investing in Yourself

Ikaboompics_Woman reading magazines on the floor while enjoying her cup of tea learned a long time ago that the best thing I could do was to continuously do things that improved myself.  I don’t know where or when that was ingrained in me, but I am so glad it was.  It happened long before I even knew who Warren Buffett was.

“The best investment you can make is in yourself.”  – Warren Buffett

Maybe it was because I was brought up on a farm where we had to constantly learn new things ourselves, or maybe it was because I became an entrepreneur in my early years with no users manual to follow. For whatever reason, I learned that investing in myself was key to my success. Understanding that life is a continuous education and learning process, also helped.

“Invest 3% of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future.”Brian Tracy

So when we talk about investing in yourself, there are, of course, different areas to look at or consider.  Here are 5 areas I recommend to focus on your personal investment.

1. Your health. 

This is the most important obviously, and goes without saying. You have nothing if you don’t have your health and yet so many of us take it for granted.  Investing in your health means keeping yourself fit, physically, mentally, and spiritually.  You have to spend some effort on this, as it is too easy to assume that you are okay internally even if you look physically fit. 

Remember, that being healthy, means you are energetic, focused, able to do more, mentally, physically and spiritually stronger, confident, happy with yourself and able to handle stress from all the noise that happens in your life!

2. Your education.  

Your education does not end when school is out. As I stated, we are always learning something new and this means more education, whether it taking courses, reading books, searching the internet for information, even watching HGTV, or being taught a new skill by a friend.  

Life is a continuous learning curve. Investing in more education will have a direct impact on your career, your life, your confidence, your ability, your knowledge level, and your bank account.

3. Your relationships. 

We are social animals and having good, loving relationships is key to our overall happiness.  So take the time to nurture current and new relationships. Go out of your way to establish new ones with people that will add value to your life. Re-connect with those that you have drifted away from but have impacted you positively. 

And by all means, take the time to improve your current love relationships (your spouse and immediate family), as it will directly improve your overall happiness and purpose in life!

4. Your experiences. 

Has anyone ever gone on a trip and not enjoyed it?  Sure things can go wrong – baggage can be lost, weather can be awful, the hotel may not be a 5 star, the food may be lousy, the beach may be stony, and so on. These are all temporary setbacks, but in the bigger picture, the overall experience will be enjoyed, talked about and remembered, forever. 

The bad experiences will be even laughed or cried about!  Experiences create something new inside of you. It makes you grow, see something you have never seen, do something you have never done, establish new friends and strengthen ties with others, and provide a memory to favourably look back on.

5. Your self-promotion. 

This is one of the investments that many people do not address – self-promotion, mainly because they think they do not have to. But if you are doing all the other investments in yourself, why would you not tell others?  This is not about impressing others, but letting people know who you are, what you do, and what you have to offer? 

Be proud of who you are. Increase your self-worth. Attract others to you. Tell the world.  And in this day and age, it is easier than ever before, through Facebook, Linked In, and other social media outlets.

Finally, let me talk about the return on investment (ROI). 

If you invest in yourself, are there really any drawbacks, any negatives? Is it not time well spent? Is there not a positive impact every time, even if it takes longer to see the results?  I think so.

Consider the following returns on your personal investment:

  • More physically fit
  • Less stress and illness
  • Improved self-image
  • Greater self-esteem
  • More confidence
  • New skills
  • Increased capability and personal value
  • More self-worth
  • Stronger relationships
  • Invigorated, exciting, and passionate life experiences
  • More friends and acquaintances
  • A better, brighter future
  • A desire to give back

So invest in yourself now and reap the benefits forever!

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.” – Robert S. Sharma

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