Invest in Yourself

By Wendy Hearn

How much are you investing each day? And no, I'm not referring to your money. Though financial investments are important, there's an even more important commodity you should be investing in: yourself.

When you invest in a savings account, you can draw on that account when necessary. Knowing the money is there provides a sense of confidence and security. It's just as important to invest in yourself, so that the resources are there to draw on when necessary. Following are some practical ways you can invest in yourself:

  • Take enough holidays to be refreshed and creative
  • Continually improve skills such as communication, negotiation, listening, speaking
  • Keep the marketing pipelines open and flowing steadily
  • Foster relationships with your family and friends
  • Exercise and eat nutritiously to maintain optimum physical health

You need to be investing in all these areas to build up a reserve to draw on when needed; otherwise, you may wake up one day feeling as if you've been hit over the head and wondering how it happened. If you're not investing in yourself, you may eventually reap the following consequences:

  • No job or business due to lack of management/leadership skills
  • Major health problems because you have neglected your health
  • Relationships that are virtually non-existent
  • Burn-out

If you want more money, you can arrange it with a bank. Overdrafts are available for money, but they are not available for your personal life. Your bank can't help you when your family falls apart, your employees don't feel valued, or you suffer a nervous breakdown or get sick.

Be proactive about making regular deposits in your "life bank". By preparing sufficiently, your positive actions will build up these investments. You'll be in a position to make a withdrawal and still have reserves to draw on.

What areas of your life do you need to invest in? What areas of your life have you been neglecting? Once you have identified problem areas, ask yourself, "What will it take for me to make positive changes?"

Don't be afraid to ask for help if necessary. You may want to meet regularly with a trusted friend with whom you make yourself accountable for the changes you need to make. Many people have also benefited from the services of a personal coach. Working with a coach enables you to identify areas of your life and business that you need to invest in and be prepared to change.

The ability to prepare, adapt and change is vital in today's business world. Being prepared and ready for change will help you succeed. Making the necessary investments in yourself, being prepared and having plenty of resources to draw on increases your ability to handle change.

Change happens rapidly, so don't get left behind. When you invest in yourself, change can be embraced rather than feared.

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Wendy Hearn - All rights reserved. Wendy Hearn works with business owners, professionals and executives to discover and unlock their own inspiration, to effortlessly take the actions required to have the success they desire. To receive Wendy's free newsletter, send an email to:


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