Invest in your mind – Your greatest financial asset
The term success has only been a mirage to most of us. However, we know very little that the most successful people have achieved immense success only after investing in themselves and more specifically investing in their mind first. This investment is mental, physical and financial. So investing in yourself through personal growth can be your greatest financial asset and the key to success.
Because the reality is that people have the innate desire to be productive, prosperous and happy. Your most important financial asset is you; it is your own ability to make money!
Now I’m not saying there is some sort of magic attached to self-investment, but the logic is quite simple but always difficult to begin.
If you read a book or take a certification training, about one aspect of your work, you will be better off by taking the time to learn and grow in your job. Then as you are better at your job, and you are more valuable and can bring in more money for your employer and for other employers, which could include yourself!
There are so many ways you can start investing in yourself… the first question is you should ask yourself is; what do you want to accomplish with all your hard work? Once you know what you want to accomplish, start thinking about what you need to improve to get there, and then mention all the traits or skills that will help you and begin to improve upon them. Below are a few practical ways you can start with.
Reading books is an excellent source of learning. Reading, attending seminars, watching educative videos and listening educative audio tapes are all good ways to enhance practical learning. Learn about topics that interest you or ones that will help you improve. Check out our book recommendations or choose the one that best works for you.
Build (and trust) your instincts
It is essential to pay attention to your inner voice. Many people have achieved success by relying entirely on their instincts. They can make all decisions according to their instincts, learning to follow through based entirely on gut-reaction.
However, it is recommended to consider all aspects of a problem and situation and make an evaluated decision. It should be divided into several basic elements; logic, emotion, morals, and ethics. If you begin to invest a little time in this daily task, by trusting your gut and following through to which task and the outcome it takes you, then you will begin to understand that your actions and beliefs make sense. In addition, it will be much easier to make moral and ethical decisions about any new decision that is presented.
Travel: Exposure of others
This means that you will be going somewhere outside of your current environment. For example, if you live in a small town or suburb, visit the nearest town. On the other hand, if you live in the city, it is advisable to visit a small town or village (preferably with a bed and breakfast). Get away, enjoy nature, take a hike or a stroll on the beach.
If time permits, it is advisable to visit a different country every year, or as often as you can to just get out of your day to day life routine. You can join a charity group who works with assisting in building up basic necessities in a certain area. In doing so, you can better understand how others live in their current circumstances and see how their challenges are different than your own. Usually, they help you see there are many simple joys in life that can be overlooked in a busy world.
Study yourself a little more
This thing needs a bit of introspection. To get the right answer, you have to take a look at what you do in your free time including your hobbies.
For example, if you like to dance, spend at least half an hour per day training for a short period of time. Afterward ask yourself, “Does that activity still bring you joy”. Or is it just an activity that served you before but you can move on to a new activity. Just because you grew up playing certain sports, habits or activities doesn’t mean that it’s still serving you and making you happy later on.
I remember when I was in late elementary school I was placed in piano lessons, I began by playing by ear to some of my favorite songs that I heard. A few years later I was feeling that the joy was fading away, and had to convince my parents that it was no longer bringing me the same joy as it once had.
There are many of these hobbies that we feel begin to define us, and that if we stop that we may lose a part of yourself. But we can turn and tell that hobby we are grateful for what it has given us, but we are feeling ready to move on to try a new activity. This kind of introspection will allow you to understand what you really want in life and make you work hard to reach it.
This task is entirely voluntary. It is advisable to have a good idea of the volunteer activities carried out in your area and get involved in some of them. Most of the time, these activities will make you happy and give you a greater sense of value.
Other practical ways to invest in yourself
Stimulating the brain is also a great way to invest in yourself. If you rest a lot but feel tired, this is probably due to emotional or mental stress. To stimulate the brain, we have to do new things. Below are a few things-to-do.
- – Cultivate new interests such as art, sculpture, puns, puzzles, and crosswords, or learn another language.
- – Start the day with a few brain activities (crossword, sudoku, brain teaser)
- – Interact with a variety of people; socialize and converse to avoid monotony and sharpen your mind.
- – Write up and repeat your affirmations, visualize the life you want.
- – Remember and listen to the news on radio or television to exercise your memory in the short and long term.
- – Use your non-dominant hand (left hand if you are right-handed, or vice versa) to use the TV remote control, use the phone or brush your teeth.
- – Use all your senses as much as possible during the day.
Not all the above techniques might work for you, but when you have learned something new, try at least 10 times before you give up. A new technique will always fail first, you must learn to use it and you may have bad luck a few times. But after 10 attempts, you’ll have time to evaluate the technique fairly. Failing is part of the journey, it helps provide you an opportunity to see what went well and what did and make a change for the next time. You only fail when you decide not to try next time.
Once you have identified some activities that will help invest in your mind, then you can begin to integrate the elements that have worked in what you do and then you really begin to improve. Over time, you will fail but you will get better and better and you will see a difference in your ability to perform the tasks assigned to you. When you invest in yourself it can never be taken from another and as it compounds and builds on itself you will look back and really see the self-improvement steps that you have to build your greatest financial asset, your mind.