Are you making time each week to invest in yourself? The truth is, it’s impossible to give our best to others unless we are serving from a full cup. But it can be hard, especially for women, to set aside the time without feeling a little guilty. That’s why I narrowed it down to the top three areas that will completely transform your life.
1 – Invest in Yourself
What do you need most right now to be your best self? Do you need to take better care of your body through diet and exercise? Do you need to nurture your soul through prayer and meditation? Perhaps you want to spend more time studying to learn a new skill. Whatever it is, you should start … NOW!
If you’re feeling a nudge or a sense of discontentment, it’s no accident. That’s natures way of telling you it’s time for a change. Don’t you owe it to yourself to listen?
Before moving on, write down one small way you can invest in yourself starting today.
It can take as little as five minutes a day. Start with a walk around the block, a quick meditation, or set aside some time to practice a new skill. Then schedule time throughout the week and make a promise to yourself that you’ll follow through.If you're feeling a nudge or a sense of discontentment, it's no accident. That's natures way of telling you it's time for a change. Don't you owe it to yourself to listen? Click To Tweet
2 – Invest in Your Financial Future
According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, 45 percent of working-age households hold no retirement assets. I don’t know about you, but with the current state of Social Security and America’s compounding debt, I find this statistic worrisome.
If you are currently saving 10 percent or more, you’re incredible. Very well done! I challenge you to try to bump it up five percent. Or consider investing outside of retirement accounts.
The first step is to understand where your income is going by tracking what you spend. I use a simple smartphone app for everyday expenses. The goal, for now, is to find expenses to cut.
You might not even realize that you’re spending $2000 a year going out for lunch. Maybe you’re dropping $800 a month at a specialty grocer on your way home from work. Find all the areas where you’re spending more than you need to and make a commitment to cut back.
Trade your $120 cable bill for Amazon Prime and save over $1300 each year. Cut your morning Starbucks ritual and save $1200 annually. Take turns hosting dinner with friends and save an extra $4,000 as opposed to going out for dinner. You’ll be grateful you made these sacrifices thirty years from now.
Before moving on to the third thing, right down one thing you know of that you can cut from your budget today so you can enjoy financial freedom in the future.
3 – Invest in Relationships
In a study by an American health care provider, 50 percent of American’s reported feeling lonely. And this isn’t just a red, white and blue problem. Earlier this year, Great Britain appointed a Minster of loneliness. Worldwide, we’re more technologically connected than ever, yet half of us feel like we’re alone.
Why should we care?
An 80 year Harvard study on adult development found that relationships are the key to a happy life. This happiness directly affects our overall health. The director of the study went as far as saying that, “Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.”Do you believe that loneliness is more deadly than smoking or alcholism? This expert does. Click To Tweet
With all that in mind, isn’t it time to start investing in relationships? For many of us that requires stepping outside of our comfort zones. But once you get past the initial fear, you’ll be rewarded with greater meaning and satisfaction.
Here are a few suggestions to start nurturing deeper connections.
- I host a monthly hiking meetup for women. I’d love for you to join.
- Check out meetup.com to find people who are getting together to do the same things you’re interested in doing.
- Join a church or spiritual group.
- Join a gym, cycling, or running club.
- Volunteer for a cause you care about.
- Reach out to an old friend.
- Talk to strangers.
- Stand on the corner with a sign that says free hugs.
Before moving on, write down one way you can invest in relationships this week. Then schedule time to do it … For your health!
We live in a culture that has glorified busy, so I’ll leave you with this. If it’s important to you, you’ll find the time. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. And what could be more important to you, your family, and
How are you going to invest in your life? Share in the comments below.
This post was originally published in December of 2015. It was most recently updated on December 7th, 2018 for