Investing: to put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
We invest money today, like in real estate, a 401k, or an IRA, to potentially have more of it in the future. And that’s good. Investing is one way of preparing for tomorrow, even if tomorrow is years or decades away. But, have you ever considered investing in yourself to ensure a bright future?
Investing in yourself can take many forms and will vary widely from person to person, based on each individual’s idea of what a “bright future” looks like. For example, investing in yourself may mean:
- Buying healthy nutritious food
- Attending classes or conferences to help you grow personally or professionally
- Regularly buying books in areas of interest
- Spending time to read those books
- Regularly setting aside time to exercise and be physically active
- Spending time with family and friends who lift you up
As this small list shows, our money is not our only resource we can invest in ourselves. Our time is an equally valuable resource that can yield tremendous returns, if we invest it wisely.
Much like financial investing, I think investing in ourselves is best done early and consistently. Imagine how many books you can read, and in return how much knowledge or ideas you can gain. Investing just 15 minutes a day adds up to 91.25 hours of reading in 1 year! Also consider what it would look like if you invested $20, $50, $100 or more a month into your personal development. That’s a significant amount!
Now imagine that you’re investing your time and money in yourself like this for several years in a row. Better yet, imagine that investing in yourself like this is a habitual part of every year of your life. With habits like that, the thought of each year becomes more exciting and full of more promise and opportunities than the year before!
If you’re not already doing so, consider taking some of your time and money each month and intentionally investing it in yourself. It’s a great way to ensure that we don’t just get older with each passing year, but that we become better versions of ourselves as well.