Invest in Yourself!
If you take a gander through personal development books and programs, they will preach the almighty importance of investing in yourself. What does this mean exactly? Investing in ourselves? This means continually improving our mind, our skillsets, and our body. Exercise is a form of investing in ourselves. Taking a new course in your field of work is investing in ourselves. And, as the business model works, purchasing personal development books is investing in ourselves. Reading is amazingly powerful, and yet so few of us do it.
I have heard many a time the phrase, “I don’t have time to workout” or “I don’t have time to cook healthy food” or “I don’t have time to sleep 7-8 hours” or “I don’t have time to read.” While I am guilty of this from time to time and our schedules do get away from us, I truly believe that we don’t have time NOT to do these things. Exercising, eating healthy, and educating ourselves are investments in our personal well-being, our health, and our potential to have a happy and successful life.
I find that I am much more productive and efficient when I do these things. And, as we are more productive and efficient, we are able to accomplish more and more things and get work done! It truly is a circle of habit that develops and one that is highly beneficial to maintain.
It’s important to relax. Doing something mindless like watching TV or scrolling through your iPhone is important from time to time. It’s crucial, however, to keep in mind not to invest a significant amount of time into these activities. Our time is a scarce resource and we must think critically about how we invest it. Take time to relax, but also make time to be productive and invest in yourself.
I believe anxiety and depression are on the rise because people are not taking the necessary steps to invest in their well-being. Doing so, in their defense, is a tough job. It’s not easy to go to the gym. It’s not easy to set aside time to cook. It’s difficult setting aside time to do these things. But we must consider the cost in not doing so. We grow worried, anxious, and less and less happy. We develop a deep sense of loneliness and insecurity about ourselves as we live vicariously through our screens. Because we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves and be our best selves, we don’t think very highly of who we’ve become. It’s simple. We know what we have to do, but just because it’s simple does not mean that it’s easy.
Everyone can live their best life, as they say. At the same time, who am I to tell you how to live? I’m just speaking from personal experience and people I have spoken with who have done the same. The rewards of investing in yourself far outweigh the costs. Sure, it often sucks getting up super early, but then you feel better the rest of the day! Sure, eating fruits and vegetables isn’t as fun as eating cookies (I love cookies!), but your body will feel much healthier. Sure, reading a book isn’t as fun as watching your favorite TV show, but you will walk away with more knowledge to improve your life significantly. I’m not saying the former is a bad thing. Sometimes, sleeping in and eating cookies while watching TV is one of my favorite things to do! But this shouldn’t be the norm.
Our habits form who we become and it’s essential that we develop good habits, as we will grow more fulfilled and happier. This isn’t to say that we can’t break our habits from time to time. Exercise and nutrition gurus praise the “cheat day” in which people can eat whatever they want and they must also take rest days from exercising. It’s important to have days of laziness and rest. So long as we hop back on the horse and take care of ourselves on a regularly basis, we can more fully enjoy those rest days and more fully enjoy the rest of our lives.