Self-Investment Tips Most Life Coaches Wont Tell You
Is self-investment ingrained in your DNA?
When we invest in ourselves, it’s very similar to sowing a seed.
It takes effort and it takes time.
Last year, late in the year, I took some time off from the hustle and bustle of my business to get really clear on my intentions. Thanks to the work I’ve done with a couple of my coaches this year, I knew it was time to do more work on my evolution.
I invested in myself in a way that I saw fit.
Every day I am hounded with emails from coaches, gurus, or experts trying to convince me that they have EXACTLY what I need right now, at this moment.
One thing I appreciate about myself is my intuition, especially my intuition about ME.
Here is a video where I discuss this topic. Please watch and leave a comment on the YouTube channel, which I’d also love for you to follow.
Investment is sometimes about timing
One of my coaches whom I love dearly offered a paid book club which would allow me to be in touch with a community of other like-minded successful people looking to up-level their life and their business.
At the time that I was considering investing in the club, I only had three new books on my shelf.
If you know like I know, whenever you pick up a new habit, in this case, reading, you can get a little obsessive.
After devouring two of the books, I found myself on Amazon ordering 3 more books. When I shared with others what I was reading, they would share a book with me in return.
Those 3 books turned into 5 then into 7 then into 10!
By the time mid-December arrived, I had about 12 books on the bottom shelf of my nightstand waiting for me to dive in.
Suddenly I realized, I didn’t need what she was offering anymore. I had my own reading list.
And if I ignored my intuition and joined her book club anyway, I’d be setting myself up for failure because of the overwhelm of too many books.
Investing is about more than just money
Let’s define the word investment.
According to Wikipedia, “to invest is to allocate money (or sometimes another resource, such as time) in the expectation of some benefit in the future.”
I’d go even further to say that the resource can be defined as your efforts, as a product of your time.
The best investment you can make is to know thyself
Ultimately, you have to decide what YOU need to grow.
Experts and gurus can tell you what they think you need but no one knows you better than you know yourself.
If you don’t know yourself, here’s where getting still is important.
Designing what your life will look like starts with YOU!
Urgency is defined by you alone
You alone set the pace of your progression.
If you don’t place any urgency on specific personal achievements by setting dates, it’s going to take you longer to get to that end goal.
No one can set the dates for you.
A coach can help keep you accountable but ultimately, YOU have to decide what that non-negotiable hard date will be.
Once you define the urgency, it will make all the difference in your progress.
Define what you need to invest in first
Investing in yourself can look a number of different ways.
- Do you need to learn something new?
- Improve on a skill?
- Take better care of your health?
- Schedule some solo time for yourself via travel?
- Do you need to invest time in meditating?
- Should you spend more time on your spiritual growth?
Investing in yourself does not always mean spending more money on coaches and courses, though that may be part of the deal.
It all depends on where you are in your own self-development.
Investing in yourself can also mean up-leveling your mindset; building new success habits; getting more sleep; improving your health; creating deeper, and more positive relationships.
I’d love to get your feedback and hear what you think about self-investment.
What does self-investment look like for you this year?
Currently on my reading list: High Performing Habits by Brendon Burchard