How Do You Invest In Yourself?
I am a huge advocate of personal growth. In fact, part of my ethos is to continuously improve. However, it occurs to me that without direction and purpose, learning and experiences are just passing joys, good stories, and worthwhile memories. Although there isn’t anything wrong with that per se, it doesn’t really invest in our life objectives. Personal endeavors and core values are important, but investing our free time properly is key to overall success and happiness.
What does it mean to invest in yourself?
In financial terms, investing means putting money into stocks, property, business ventures, or other investments with an expectation to make a profit. When we invest in ourselves, we spend time on activities and experiences that expand our minds and improve skills both personally and professionally.
Hobbies and skillsets are part of a person’s identity. However, everything does not have to focus on only those skills. It’s important to try something new and shake up the status quo. Learning is fun. Besides, there is nothing more fun than learning more about something we like to do.
Unfortunately, time is finite. Once it passes, it’s gone forever. Although everyone has life obligations, we do make time for things that we want to do. Fortunately, investing in ourselves is easy. Simply put, we must learn to use our free time in a more productive and deliberate manner.
How do you invest your time?
Although it’s up to you to determine how you spend your free time, take a moment to think about what you do for fun. Consider alternating free time between different kinds of activities. Not only does this provide some variety, it allows us to stretch our limits more regularly. Personally, I find the best way to round out my skills is to invest my free time in the following ways:
Hobbies and Activities – Hobbies are fun. They provide fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment. Focus on activities that deepens knowledge and improves physical and mental skills relating to your pastimes. Everyone has hobbies, and one of them should be a fun physical activity. From the wise words of Count Rugen, “If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”.
Professional Skills – Most people have something they consider their professional speciality. Activities that help improve skills relating to a chosen profession will only help reach new levels of competency. This includes skillsets that apply to almost all jobs and careers such as becoming a better writer, or learning about new tools and techniques.
Try Something New – It’s important to try something new and unrelated to one’s work and hobbies. Otherwise, we may spend all our free time on the same activities or .. gasp .. work. This isn’t necessarily bad in moderation. However, our skills will become stale if we do the same things everyday. What’s worse is it can lead to boredom and burnout. So break out of your comfort zone and try something new.
Rest and Recharging – Lastly and most importantly, some free time must be spent relaxing and resting. What activities fall under here are completely up to the person. For example: some may consider exercising relaxing, while others read or write.
Learning and exploring are paramount to personal identity. However, without focus we won’t achieve our best. Therefore, we must invest in ourselves. No matter what we do or how we spend our time, enjoying different activities that improve our lives is part of what makes life worth living.
Hobbies shift and jobs change. Therefore, stay flexible and adjust where you invest your time to keep pace with your path in life. No matter what you do for fun, enjoy it and live in the moment.