When you’re running your own business, or even just getting by in the daily grind each day, it can be tricky to remember to make yourself, and your personal growth, a priority.
Whether you're an entrepreneur just getting started, or a seasoned pro, it’s a wise decision to understand that investing in yourself is a key tool to your success. I know that can be a challenge in terms of your schedule, and especially if finances are tight. Just know that you’re totally worth it, and that when you spend your valuable time and earned money on growing and taking care of yourself, you’re only doing you and your business a big favor for long-term success.
Below are 5 ways you can invest in yourself, starting today.
Develop your mindset
At the core of living an exceptional, successful life is coveting the right mindset. By that, I mean that you have a positive outlook, you have a strong faith and belief that you will achieve what you set out to do, and that you can remain motivated when times get tough…because chances are they will.
Invest in personal development books and audios, follow great leaders and those who have achieved their success, such as Richard Branson or Oprah, and read from personal development leaders like Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, T. Harv Eker and Napoleon Hill. Learn how they’ve achieved it. My promise to you is it had a lot to do with managing the thoughts within their minds.
Of course there are many more noteworthy successful individuals that what I have in that list. Who are some of your favorites to follow and look up to?
Make the time and financial investment to learn a new skill
Obtaining specific skill sets that benefit your industry, and audience, will likely put you on the fast track to success. I say “likely” as learning them isn’t enough; you must apply your new skills to your work by taking consistent action on what you’ve learned.
Sign up for an online webinar, purchase that book you've been eyeing, take a class at a local college, invest in online trainings from those who you respect in your industry; those who are achieving the results you wish to achieve. This is a key component of the business I'm in, for example, and it makes a world of a difference.
Take the time to find a mentor, or hire a coach
Finding someone whom your respect and who has achieved the similar success you desire is worth the time. Pay attention to what they are doing in your industry, mimic them and learn from what they do. Then, after you’ve watched and learned, reach out to if you have additional questions, or even for an info interview. When it comes to approaching mentors, however, be mindful of their time. If they’ve achieved big success, they are likely busy continuing their growth and instilling leadership in others. Just be prepared when you do reach out, already have your research done on what they do and why you appreciate them, and be prepared with additional questions you want to ask.
Alternatively, hiring a professional coach to assist you in carving out your business plan and strategy may be more of what you’re looking for. In addition, some home based business also have virtual teams that are there to guide you on your road to success. It may take a little time investment (or not, if you’re in a solid work opportunity) to find one, but it’s well worth it in the end.
Exercise and eat clean
If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you may have had times when you put your business in front of your health and wellness. I’ve been there too; many times. What have I learned? It’s just not worth it. Sure, you might have those days when a workout is missed, or even an entire meal, but making that a daily habit is simply a no-no.
You’ve got to find the time somehow. I’m so passionate about this because it’s something that I’ve discovered recently (once again). I’m back to being committed to a home fitness program, I’m cooking more for myself and trying new, healthy foods. And…I truly feel the difference (it’s only been a little over a week!). I made a decision to take better care of myself physically, and my attitude has shifted in a good way immensely.
Allow yourself to take breaks to get in a workout. One of my favorites lately is good ol’ jump roping! It’s so quick, and 15 minutes of jump roping equals about 30 minutes of running. I’ll do that when short on time, and also have a DVD workout that I do daily. It’s just 40 minutes. Not even one hour and it makes such a huge difference.
In addition, I set a goal of cooking at least one new recipe a week from the plethora of healthy eating cookbooks I've coveted. I’m into week two and am already inspired to squeeze in a few more. Eating healthy really isn’t hard, and making clean meals isn’t going to be a shock to anyone’s time clock, trust me.
Bump the personal grooming and appearance up on the priority list
In the past, I used to put off haircuts and eyebrow waxes until I couldn’t stand it anymore. When cutting my budget to build my business, I switched to cheap, grocery store makeup, and in exchange, suffered a skin reaction around my eyes. Yikes. I’m not saying that you have to spend your marketing budget on expensive makeup and spa services, but ensure that you feel good about yourself. Find a hairstyle that’s easy for you to maintain, and doesn’t require a ton of maintenance. Be cautious of ingredients you put on your skin; you may save a buck or two, but if your skin is going to look horrible in return and cause you to feel self conscious, it’s just not worth it.
And the same goes for clothing. So many of us work-from-homers are used to waking up and attacking our workday in our PJs. That might be fine for some, but ask yourself: How does that really make me feel? I’ve learned recently that getting my workout in during the morning hours, showering and actually getting ready really boosts my confidence. Yes, even if I’m just working alone in my home office all day!
So those are a few tips for you. My intent is that you find them helpful. If you did, please comment and share this post so someone else may benefit...thanks!
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