When was the last time you invested in yourself?
I’m not talking about investing in that Disney + subscription or investing hours at a time watching Tick Tock videos.
I’m talking about really investing in yourself in a way that benefits you greatly.
In 2019 I invested in a Business mentor and a book publisher as well as some pretty big courses on money mindset and manifestation. I also invested in my education and completed the required 120-hour Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner training to become an NLP practitioner.
Investing in yourself is one of the most powerful and life-changing things you can do.
You may be thinking the only way to invest costs money and lots of it, but that’s just not true.
While some of the ways I recommend do cost money, other ways of investing in yourself don’t cost you anything but time and commitment.
Are you ready to make 2020 your year and commit to investing in yourself?
10 Smart Ways to Invest in Yourself in 2020
1. Honor Your Time and Invest in it Wisely
Time is one of those things that seems to last forever. It feels like we have an incredible abundance of it until we’re reminded how precious it really is.
We give it away so freely, use it and abuse it and toss it in the trash without a second thought.
Investing in your time means giving your time to the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, people, places, and things that you want more of in your life.
This means giving your time to the lessons that needed to be learned, the people that you’re keeping around in 2020 and the things you want to bring into your life in the future.
Respect your time and invest in it as much as you can.
It’s free after all.
There are millions of books out there on everything from purple elephants to how crystals are formed.
Seriously, anything you want to learn, you can pick a book and read about it.
Invest in reading more in 2020.
Try reading one new book a month and see what you can learn.
Better yet, take a piece of paper and write down the three biggest lessons from every book you read this year and put it in a jar or box or whatever.
At the end of the year, read what you wrote down and see just how much you learned in a short amount of time.
Make sure to join my free monthly book club to get all my best picks for personal development, mindset, law of attraction and more! Sign up here.
3. Asking Yourself Questions
I realize how odd this one sounds but hang in there.
Asking yourself good questions is one of the best ways to get really good answers.
But how often do you really question your thoughts, beliefs or words that you say on a daily basis?
Probably not that often.
Simply because a lot of what we think and say are done so often and for so long that we don’t even realize we’re saying or thinking it.
In 2020, invest in asking yourself questions.
Invest in taking a step back, and chewing on the thoughts and words floating around you on a daily basis. Question if they’re really yours or if someone put them there. Question if you truly believe them. Question if they help you or hurt you.
Do this for just a few days and watch what happens.
If you want a jumping-off point for questions to ask, here are over 100 life-changing questions and you can download the pdf version here with even more questions plus 33 money-specific journal prompts.
Everyone loves it but also hates it at the same time.
When you make more of it, it seems like you have no idea where all goes.
There are a ton of different ways to invest your money in 2020 but I am not a financial advisor so I’m not going to tell you what you should or shouldn’t’ do with your money.
But I will say this.
Invest in weekly or even daily money check-ups.
Check on your credit cards, your bills, your savings accounts, your checking accounts, your cash, your coins, all of it.
Make sure you understand exactly where your money is going. How much is coming in. How much is going out. How much you have to pay on your credit card each month.
The whole nine.
Understanding how much money you have, how much you need, how much needs to be paid off and so on is extremely helpful when it comes to creating or manifesting more money.
It also helps you keep track of your money and gives you the power.
The more you know about your money, how to use it, save it, invest it and spend it, the more will come in and the better relationship you will have with it.
5. Physical Health
You know the saying.
You’re only given one body, treat it well.
Your body is a temple.
These are great and all but seriously investing in your physical health is so important and has the ability to change your life completely.
Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, run a marathon, lower your blood pressure or just walk up a set of stairs without panting like a dog at the top of the stairs, invest in improving your physical health with healthy habits.
Is it easier said than done?
But it’s 100% possible.
Use small incremental changes, use a habit tracker, go for a walk, eat a little healthier or even use NLP techniques which is what I offer in my 1:1 sessions.
Find what works for you and go do it.
6. Mental Health
Mental health goes hand in hand with physical health because wherever the mind goes, the body follows.
It is also something we all deal with on a daily basis.
Making it extremely important.
You know yourself the best so you will know what will work the best when it comes to investing in your mental health.
Your thoughts, inner dialog, and beliefs all create the actions you take.
Mental health is extremely important and is something we all should be investing in this year.
I love courses.
They are such a fantastic way to dive deep into a subject and really absorb all the information you can. I mean really, I just love to learn so anything to do with learning something new I’m all about it.
Here’s the thing though.
There are free courses, and one-off courses and really really cheap courses.
But those aren’t the type of courses I’m talking about.
I’m talking about the type of course that require you to invest. That requires you to put some skin in the game.
Because guess what. The more skin in the game you have or money you put down, the more likely you are to stick with it and get the results you want out of it.
So in 2020, stop filling your inbox with free courses and start investing.
8. Coach or Mentor
Last year I invested in my first coach and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
A coach will help you see things you may not have even noticed before.
They will push you to do better for yourself, they will motivate and inspire you when you’re down, they will help you overcome problems and obstacles and they will help you transform your life.
But you have to be wiling to put in the work yourself.
The thing that I love the most with coaching is that it is so personal and is done 1:1 which means their focus is on you and only you.
There are coaches for confidence, business, money, lifestyle, productivity, success, NLP, hypnosis, relationships, literally, there’s a coach for just about anything you can think of.
If you’re sick of wasting your time trying to figure things out on your own, hire yourself a coach.
Do the work and watch your life begin to change.
9. Friendships and Relationships
As human beings, we crave other people’s company.
We need people in our lives who push us, who cheer us on, but also call us out when we’re out of line.
But so often we let life get in the way.
And before you know it, it’s been months since you last saw some of your best friends and it’s been weeks since you last reached out to them.
Friendships, just like romantic relationships require time and effort.
100% from each person.
Whether you have solid friendships in your life now or you’re looking for deeper connections, invest in the people you have in your life.
Invest in surrounding yourself with people who align with your goals in life.
And put in the time to make sure they stick around.
10. Hobbies & Creative Outlets
Whether you’re a work-a-holic or you have way too much free time, everyone needs a hobby.
Something to look forward to.
Something that you do just because it makes you happy.
Hobbies bring the joy back into your life and help you to make the most of it.
Pick one or two activities that you want to invest in this year to make your life just a little bit more fun, such as knitting, golfing, crocheting, woodworking, painting or volunteering.
It’s the little things that you’ll remember and investing in yourself in this way is way more fun than sitting on the couch all night or working until your fingers bleed.
How will you invest in yourself in 2020?
There’s no right or wrong way to invest, but make sure you are doing it and make sure you are investing in the things that move the needle forward in all areas of your life.
What’s your favorite way to invest?