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I is for Investing in yourself

“There is no more profitable investment than investing in yourself. It is the best investment you can make; you can never go wrong with it. It is the true way to improve yourself to be the best version of you and lets you be able to best serve those around you.” Roy T. Bennett


Investing in yourself is so much more than self care which is more to do with making healthy life-style choices so you can function optimally.


“The best gift you can give to yourself is to invest in yourself.” Pooja Agnihotri


Investing in yourself is more about choosing yourself and consciously investing the resources you have; time, energy, money etc into yourself in the belief that you are worth it. In so doing it will bring about secondary positive changes in your current life and will often lead to greater happiness, a greater sense of self-worth, more understanding about yourself and the world around you in the future and perhaps a better understanding of what your purpose is in life is.


“Every penny NOT spent on investing in yourself (after basic needs of course) may be a wasted future opportunity from missing learns and connects.” Richie Norton


Investing in yourself could manifest itself in the form of making a conscious effort to invest in your physical/nutritional/emotional health or it could be to increase your understanding of the world through an investment in time (or money) in education /lifelong learning.


When we intentionally commit to invest in ourselves, it increases our sense of well being.


“Invest time and energy in your well being. Create an atmosphere of emotional safety for yourself.” Amy Leigh Mercree


Investing in ourselves isn’t about one-off actions, it is about constantly paying attention to the opportunities around us, recognising the steps that we need to take and having the confidence to take them because we believe that we are worth it


We all have gifts (natural strengths) and if we invest in developing them they will grow exponentially. When we invest in developing the skills we already have, it shows hope in the future. The skills that we have/develop will appreciate and grow in value and then we will be able to use them for some yet unknown purpose or perhaps for a known goal that we desire.


Investing in yourself means looking at yourself and determining that you are worth your own time and effort regardless of what others may or may not think. You are investing for you not for someone else.


Investing in yourself does not mean that you have to go out and buy the latest, most expensive ‘must have’. Investing in yourself is about doing (or perhaps buying things) that are in alignment with your life goals. It is not about unnecessary clutter and expense, but more about carefully considered choices that bring you closer to your ‘grand master plan’


“Believing and investing in yourself is the best way to shift your thinking from a paradigm of excuses to one of solutions.” Farshad Asl


To invest in yourself properly needs action and time not just pipe dreams. Time is limited and what you do with it and you manage it is critical.


“At the end of your life's journey, what do you want to say you did with your time? There is enough time if you choose to invest it in yourself. Inch by inch, day by day . . . make yourself a priority.” Jackie Cantoni


It is not a case of aimlessly spending lots of time on something that you will succeed, but by being determined and focused with deliberate practice and Kairos time


“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst”. William Penn


People often consider time as a relentless, unstoppable force but it can also be viewed more positively as a valuable resource that each one of us has, which we can each chose how to use and is there for our benefit.


When we slow down we give ourselves the gift of time; time to reflect and choose where and when we will invest our energy and endeavours


“The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquillity to make meaningful connections – with people, with culture, with work, with nature with our own bodies and minds” Carl Honoré


We only have one life therefore we should 'carpe diem' and make it count.


“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs


YOLO is the acronym of the phrase "You Only Live Once". It is a call to live life to its fullest extent and to flourish. What living life to the “fullest” looks like is up to you. The meaning of your life is your responsibility, it is something you create day after day with your actions and thoughts.


“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” C.S. Lewis


You can spend time on useful or useless things, but if you invest your time, you’ll tend to invest it in something that has value and importance for you. By choosing our goals wisely the time we spend on things becomes an investment, not an expense. It’s impossible to save time so the most important aspect of time is its value now and what we are doing with it.


The way we spend our minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, lives defines our quality of life. It does not mean that we need to be constantly 'doing', simply 'being' or 'resting' is an example of us using our time in a way that will have positive gain for ourselves and our relationships. Building memories and experiences with those we love is what will matter to us most in the future. Time is not reversible. It is too easy to regret that we didn’t spend our time more wisely or wish we could change things we did or didn’t do in the past.


"Do something today that your future self will thank you for"


Your future is in large part determined by your willingness and ability to invest in yourself now.


We cannot turn the clock back, but we can do our best today to make tomorrow a better time.

Time management is all about spending your time in the right places, on the right things and at the right time. It’s about working out your priorities and the things need to do then intentionally creating good habits and a balanced schedule. When you manage your time effectively, you benefit in all areas of life.


“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


In order to manage our time better first it is important to be aware of our thoughts and perspectives about the time we have and begin placing a premium on our time; remembering that what we do with our time today, will determine the quality of our life later.


“Either you run the day, or the day runs you”. Jim Rohn


When we identify the areas in our life that have value for us then we can begin to create a structure to our lives by implementing daily practices that cultivate and support those values to give our lives more meaning.


When we take the time to invest in ourselves, it will not only make a difference in our own life, our well-being and our ability to thrive and flourish but the extent to which we invest in all the different aspects of ourselves; mind, body and spirit, will also have positive influence on the way we see yourselves and interact with the outside world


“Are you prepared to put in the time and energy to create change in your life? Are you prepared to make and keep that commitment? If not you, then who (is getting the benefit)? Invest in yourself.”

Akiroq Brost


Further reading


https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/invest-in-yourself



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