Wow September is almost over. For the last month, I have taken time to invest in myself and my brand. I took the leap of faith got my bio, updated my website, updated pictures and got a mentor. I took the leap of faith and started sending emails out. You must take risks and trust God through this process.
This week’s blogs focus on investing in yourself. Great leaders are continually learning because they know the only way people build lasting success. Investing in yourself is one of the best return on investment. Whether it’s investing in learning a new skill, developing yourself personally or professionally, tapping into your creativity or hiring a coach, you need to give to yourself first before you can give to others. It is our responsibility to take the time to develop our gifts and talents, so we can best serve others.
Why is to so important to invest in yourself. Here are the top 3 reasons, why you should invest in yourself.
1. We all have experiences throughout our life that shape us, for better or for worse. If we don’t unpack those unconscious negative thoughts, we repeat toxic patterns of behavior. This can hold you back in your career if you don’t believe you deserve success. Negative self-worth can keep you tied to unhealthy friendships or romantic relationships, or it could lead you to believe that taking care of yourself and your body isn’t worth it. The narrative you tell yourself can prevent you from making positive life changes.
2. Life is more than just waking up in the morning and going to work. Sure, you earn enough (sometimes even more than enough) to feed you and your family and to pay for the rest of your wants and needs. But how do you feel at the end of each day? Do you sleep peacefully knowing that you have contributed to the greater good, or do you toss and turn in bed, wondering when you’re going to start feeling fulfilled? Through investing in yourself, and your brand you find out what your natural gifts are and you have a clearer vision of what you should really be doing.
3.You’re worth it. The best reason of all? You’re worth it. Investing in yourself and brand will ultimately pay off. People will take notice and jump on the bandwagon.
The return on your investment:
If you feel like you’ve been spending way too much money trying to project a certain image, re-think what it means to be successful and put-together. There are no clothes, cars, or other external trappings out there that will bring you long-term confidence. There is no out-of-your-price-range condo that will make it easier to make new friends. Investing in yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially, will allow you to become the best version of yourself. When you are the best version of yourself, you will be an attraction magnet to others. The more your pour into your career, relationships, passions, and health, the happier you’ll be. Invest in yourself — it’ll pay dividends!