Ever wonder if there was an investment you could make that would always pay out? Just one investment that will continue to pay out over and over?
The answer is investing in yourself, and I believe it’s the smartest investment you can make.
It’s not always the easiest thing to do. Sometimes, it seems like it’s the hardest, most selfish thing to do; I completely understand. I’m the last person on my list to take care of. By the very nature of my nursing job, I take care of others before I take care of myself. I take my patients to the bathroom before I take myself to the bathroom. This means I sometimes don’t get to use the bathroom for 12 hours straight.
This isn’t a good thing though, and it certainly isn’t sustainable.
You will find that by always giving and never replenishing your own cup, eventually your cup will just run dry. In some way, shape, or form your body will let you know that your cup is dry.
What happens then?
You may be too tired to get out of bed. You may be short-tempered and little things will irritate you. You may get sick. One thing is certain, though, you won’t be able to give to others anymore because you simply cannot pour from an empty cup.
You have to make the investment in yourself in order to fill that cup back up.
So, how do you go about investing in yourself and filling up your cup?
There are countless ways to do this. You could join a motivational group, buy a new book, join a gym, take a class at said gym, start a blog, practice meditation, wash your face before bed every night. The possibilities are endless. Whether it’s a financial investment or a time investment, you just have to do what feels right for you. Know that whatever you choose, it is going to be one of the best investments you can make and it will fill that cup up a little more each time you do it.
So, once you’ve taken that big step to invest in yourself, do you want to know where it’s really going to pay off? When you take action.
If you sign up for that class or join a group but never actually go, then where is the benefit? You may have felt accomplished and excited when you signed up, but then what happened? You might as well have not signed up in the first place because investing without taking action is the same as not investing in the first place.
There’s something else about investing in yourself that deserves mention and I believe that Jim Rohn said it best when he said, “We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.”
When we do something out of desperation, we do it because we have lost hope, we surrender, and we typically end up doing something rash. We don’t think about the consequences and we often times make decisions that aren’t helpful to ourselves or others.
Inspiration, on the other hand, gives you motivation to invest in yourself. When we are inspired to change ourselves we tend to change our lives for the better. When you make a real investment in yourself, you are more committed. When you are more committed, you will receive more benefits from your investment. Those benefits will, in turn, feed your inspiration.
It’s a cycle of perpetual prosperity.
Each time that I have chosen to invest in myself it has paid off. I look for things that I know will improve my life even if they seem a little intimidating at times. I take the time to make myself a priority because then I am a better, stronger, more motivated person. This is not only a benefit for myself, but for the people I care about as well.
“Everything is a choice. This is life’s greatest truth and hardest lesson.” From The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly.
It is truth because we have the power to choose what kind of life we want to lead. There are events that are out of our control, but what we can control is our attitude and how we react and respond to our situations. We can choose what to focus on and we can choose what to do.
It is a hard lesson because it is scary to realize that you are responsible for you. The choices you have made have lead you to your life right now.
Do you want to know the best part? You can choose your future! You can choose to invest in yourself and be your best person; the happy, successful person you were meant to be.
So, where will you be in 5 or 10 years? What life do you choose for yourself?