INVESTING IN YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET
I have a question for you. Do you consider yourself to be your most important asset?
….and the next question is, “how much time do you invest in your Self?”
Notice I said ‘self’ – not ‘yourself.’ There’s a distinct difference between the two. Investing in self is about taking care of you, your greatest self. It’s not about being selfish or egotistical. It’s more about self-care.
I have this beautiful quote near my desk and it says;
“What would be the grandest version of the
the greatest vision ever you could be and want to be?”
So many of us don’t usually think of ourselves as our most important asset, and too often we tend to put others first, and sometimes to our own detriment.
Believe me, it’s sometimes easier said than done. I know there are instances in my life where I’ve been juggling too many tasks on my to-do list. I remember once when a flight nearly ended in disaster. I was on my way to Durban to give training when we experienced a significant loss of air pressure and had to make an emergency landing back in Cape Town. Instead of canceling my training in Durban, I decided to take the next available flight. We only landed at 1 am and I had to be up at 7 am to do the training, despite the trauma of a near mid-air disaster. The result of this decision landed me in hospital – long story. Point is, I live by my motto which is when I commit I commit and I will move heaven and earth to ensure I keep my promises.
Self-investment can come in many forms – it isn’t one-size-fits all. We might invest in some healthy daily habits and build those into our routine. I take the time each morning, before I get out of bed, to do some deep breathing and a short 10 minute meditation. I make my bed each day and ensure I enjoy a healthy breakfast.
Perhaps you might start a healthy routine, if you haven’t already done so.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? Have you started a bucket list and ticked it off as you go along?
YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING (MIND, BODY, AND SOUL)
Is there an aspect of your life that you’d like to improve? Perhaps you’d like to change your diet, learn a new skill, or take yourself off on a meditation retreat?
YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE
Is there a new skill you’d like to learn? There are so many online courses we could enjoy and some of them are even free.
FRIENDS AND SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIPS
Is there someone you’d like to spend more time with? A group of friends you want to catch up with more often?
You get the idea. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple to begin with. You can always add more as you progress.
Remember, lots of small steps can result big changes.
Your next challenge is to make a list of four or five ways you will invest in yourself, starting this week.
For example: “For the rest of the year, I will invest in myself by …
… starting each morning with a 15-minute brisk walk.”
… cutting out screen time 2 hours before I go to bed.”
… spending an hour a week reading a book or an article related to professional development.”
… having a ‘date night’ every week with my partner.”
However you decide to invest in yourself, remember this, “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.” — Robin S. Sharma