I've been having a lot of conversations about the future lately. It's that time of year, right? Time to start thinking about all the ways we want to make this year the best it can be. Setting new goals and making new plans.
And I've been thinking about what it means to invest. When you look at the financial definition of the word, to invest is to expend (or give) money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting into financial schemes, shares or property. The expectation is that by sacrificing a little bit now, we'll earn a lot more in the long term.
But doesn't this work the same way when it comes to our own personal growth? Or our relationships? The idea being that if we sacrifice a little bit of time, energy, or immediate gratification now (*gasp*) that we will gain that back two-fold (or more) in the future?
Any financial advisor will tell you that in order to be prepared for the long-term, the most important thing you need to do for your long-term financial health is pay yourself first. It means putting aside some money for the future even before you pay your bills. It doesn't need to be a lot. Over time, that small amount adds up.
The same goes for our own personal growth and development.
Invest in your own growth and development before you invest in anyone else's. That might sound selfish, but it's not. It self care. Build time in your schedule every day for a little bit of self-care, a little bit of growth. Maybe it's reading a book that will help you get out of the career rut you're experiencing right now, maybe it's going to be earlier so you can actually make that 7am yoga class you've been telling yourself you've wanted to go to. Maybe it's turning off your tech an hour or two before bed so that you can spend that time reflecting or working on connecting with a loved one.
The question to ask yourself right now is: What does investing in yourself look like for you this week?
Take 5 minutes to sit down with yourself and write out 5 ways that you could invest in yourself this week that, over time, could have a long term positive impact.
And then do at least one of them!
Because you're no good to anyone else if you're no good to yourself.
Move and act with all your heart,
Matt Tod is an international speaker, leadership facilitator, writer and lover of all things Zombie-related.