Do you want to be successful? Find out how you need to invest in yourself on your path to success to live the dream life that belongs to you
We all want to be successful. And, whilst success means different things to different people, one of the key recipes to success in life is determined by your ability to invest in yourself daily.
Prioritising personal growth over the many distractions that are stealing your energy, time, joy, and money is a habit you will need to learn and commit to in your life, if you are serious about reaching new heights in your career and experiencing a better quality of life.
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Some personal development gurus such as Brian Tracy and Tony Robbins believe that the secret to success is rooted in our daily habits and rituals. Success for many people is not an overnight occurrence.
But it is very much about hard work, common sense, a no-give-up attitude, and setting smart goals that you can apply in your day-to-day life to positively transform it from the ground up, and surrendering our diligent efforts to God to make a way for us when we don’t see a way.
What are therefore the aspects of your daily routine you can improve upon as you strive to become a better version of yourself, one day at a time? Here are a few ideas to get you started on your personal growth journey.
Improve your Skills
The first way to invest in yourself is to improve your skills. Daily and continuous learning is absolutely necessary if you want to become successful and in good control of your life.
First of all, make an inventory of your strongest skills that deliver the best return on investment for you in monetary and non-monetary terms. Then do your best to invest 10% of your personal time and money to further develop your core skills and to work on your weaknesses in order to increase your perceived value in your industry.
Such an approach will enable you to tap into better opportunities that highly value your skills set, which will ultimately yield better financial returns for you in the medium to long-term.
To step up your game, take time to read books 20 minutes each day, attend seminars, conferences and offline and online classes that are relevant to your area of expertise.
With digital platforms such as YouTube, Udemy, Teachable, or Skillshare, you can learn practically anything you want from top global experts at your own pace and quite affordably all-year round irrespective of your location. Thanks to online platforms it has now become much easier for you to invest in yourself. Go for it.
As part of my morning ritual, following prayer and meditation, I spend 20 minutes reading or audio listening to business lessons and life experiences of highly influential people ranging from Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, Joel Osteen, or Jack Ma – Alibaba.com founder.
The objective for me is to learn both from their failures and success, and how they overcome life challenges as human beings and leaders in order to prepare myself for my next life chapter.
Many successful athletes, public speakers, entrepreneurs, inventors, and artists apply daily the same principle of continuous work-based learning in order to excel in their fields.
One of the greatest life lessons we can all learn from self-educated electric light bulb inventor Thomas Edison is that “genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
Consequently, no matter how hard it is, spend time learning and practising what you have learned as often as you can to gradually master your enhanced skills.
With my writing skills alone as a trained journalist in Cameroon, I managed to work in print media and then in corporate communications for a French multinational.
In the UK, as a former management consultant and business development strategist for over a decade, I used the same writing skills to win over £50 million worth of high value government, EU, UN contracts for companies delivering outsourced public services.
Now, through this online platform, I am upcycling my writing skills for the digital space, which is an exciting learning journey for me.
Use Your Personal Time for Growth
Another way to invest in yourself is to carve out time to work towards your personal goals. Whatever your goals are, you need to find time to work on them on a regular basis.
And this can only happen if you are intentional about setting time aside as part of your goal implementation plan to exclusively work on your passion project. Excellent personal time management is fundamental to your success.
Maybe you want to write a book, start a business, develop an online course, or acquire a new qualification to change career, and the only way you can do it within the very same 24 hours that we all have is by cutting down on daily distractions.
Consider reducing time spent watching TV, aimlessly browsing the internet, spending too much time entertaining family members and friends, or overstretching yourself financially when you need to allocate your money to fund your course or your business project.
Basically, you will have to set and maintain some healthy boundaries for yourself ( i.e. no more shopping spree) and with your loved ones in order to reclaim your energy, time and resources to redirect them toward your personal development goals. It’s time to seriously invest in yourself.
Explore New Creative Outlets
Investing in yourself requires you to be prepared to step outside your comfort zone to explore new creative outlets and opportunities, particularly if you want to make a big change in your life. Personal growth comes from pushing yourself and pushing your boundaries.
Perhaps you have always dreamt of living abroad in a country that speaks an unfamiliar language to the one you use daily. Consider learning that new language to ease your overseas move and to embrace new life opportunities in a globalised labour market.
As a trilingual, brushing up on my English at academic, professional, and legal levels prior to moving to and during my time in London was instrumental in helping me successfully navigate the highly complex British government bureaucracy and the business world.
Travelling to a new and exciting part of the world post Covid-19 you have never been to could be a life-changing experience that will broaden your life perspective and will perhaps inspire you to tap into new business opportunities you might have never considered before.
Learning to play a music instrument or to better take care of your hair the way I learned at the University of YouTube could indeed be another way for you to invest in yourself and discover skills you didn’t even know you had. This alone will boost your self-confidence and will bring you greater joy and perhaps open another door for a new income stream.
Prioritise your Personal Health
They say “health is the new wealth” and I wholeheartedly agree with this, because you can only perform at your very best when your mental and physical health is well taken care of.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet, exercising a few times a week, engaging your brain in positive and enjoyable intellectual activities such as reading, writing or meditation, and moderate socialising for fun are all healthy ways for you to invest in yourself.
I must confess that I am definitely a huge work in progress in this area. Although I moderately exercise three to four times a week and I do an awful lot of reading, I definitely need to learn to slow down and find more time to socialise a bit more.
Make a Plan to Measure your Progress
What gets measured gets done. This is the reason why you need to make a plan to track your personal goals as an essential part of success in life. Set smart goals for the main aspects of your personal or business life you wish to improve upon and have a system in place to efficiently measure progress as you move forward.
Brian Tracy, a personal development coach, has developed one of the best goals planner and a resources library of positive information I have come across that will keep you motivated and inspired to achieve your goals in life and business. I highly recommend you check out his platform.
As Tony Robbins says it’s time to “raise your standards”, and only you can do it by being committed to investing in yourself everyday.