One of the best investments you can make in life is to invest in yourself. Being physically and mentally in good shape makes you happier and improves your chances of financial success and fulfilled in your career. Everywhere there are examples of high achievers, many who had a lot of disappointment early in their lives.
Think of the personal attributes of the most successful people you know. There is a correlation between success and mindset as well as personal qualities such as being confident, content, smart, optimistic, mentally alert, active and sociable. Mindset plays a fundamental role in getting you off on the right path and sticking with it through all the challenges along the way.
The ‘self-help‘ industry is booming, and there’s no end in sight. With everyday issues taking their toll on our mental health, more people are turning to seminars, workshops, gurus to get reassurance that they’re okay. Stress is one of the main causes of mental and physical deterioration. Being unhappy in a job, not getting on with your colleagues and feeling a sense of loss and loneliness are common challenges for a lot of people.
Ignoring the signs of depression, or feeling out of sorts will not make it go away. Education is the most obvious form of investment in yourself, but there are ways you can take control and change your mindset.
- Improving your physical fitness, for example, by joining a gym or sports club or hiring a personal trainer. Physical fitness is known to aid mental alertness, a ‘can do’ attitude and increased stamina and can, therefore, result in improved performance at work and greater prospects for promotion.
- Creating the right mindset by increasing motivation and overcoming negative influences such as stress and depression. Spending money on a meditation course, motivational books and seminars, or psychological counselling are examples of how to invest in your mindset. Having a positive mindset means you are more likely to spot opportunities and follow up on them.
- Building networks of friends and contacts, for example by joining clubs, networking groups or community organisations. Having a wide circle of influence can pay off through increased business referrals or new business and employment opportunities.
- Becoming a happier person by doing things you love. Spending money on hobbies, interests, and passions has a much stronger and longer-lasting effect on happiness than spending money on possessions. Giving to others can also be a source of happiness. Happiness goes along with a positive, optimistic mindset that leads to success.
There is no one size fits all to solve every doubt or insecurity, and this is why the self-help is a billion-dollar industry.
Take Back The Control
However, don’t blindly go where others want to lead you as there are unscrupulous operators keen to part you and your money. While it’s disappointing some people prey on our vulnerabilities where there is money involved there are unethical and immoral practices within the self-help sector.
Manage yourself and your requirements for self-satisfaction in much the same way as you would your financial investments. For example, when you want to buy a house or invest in shares, research is the starting point, so you know what’s on the market that meets your requirements.
Investing a dollar to make three or more dollars, is the mindset you’d apply for self-improvement. Holding back to first get an idea of what success looks like to you will result in SMART goals.
Once you have your goals, you can work out how to achieve them using many of the points mentioned above. You may have all the answers, so paying for a seminar may not be the right action, or it might be the turning point you need.
There is no right or wrong path to take to invest in yourself and your happiness.