In this journey to becoming your best self, you have to realize that you are your biggest asset. You are the driving force behind your ambition and goals, and therefore by all means, you have to nourish to flourish, and to maintain your focus. Invest in yourself.
An investment is an act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.¹
The process in itself is not exciting, in that it takes time to see the results. And in our day and age of instant gratification, that can seem like either too much effort, or even a waste of time, especially when life gets busy! Nonetheless, it is important.
Setting goals is brilliant, but it doesn’t mean much if you don’t put that plan into action.
Feed your mind
Your mind is where the wins take place before they become a tangible reality. You have to guard that space, and fill it with information that will build you up. Now that’s a wise investment!
This involves lots of learning- reading, listening, watching, asking questions. This keeps you interested (and interesting). I’ve found that I’m the most productive and positive when I learn something new outside of what is required for uni. It helps me stay on point.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
– Nelson Mandela
One of the ways I practice this is through watching TED talks. They are a great way to learn from experts around the world and can be accessed easily i.e from YouTube. Here are my current favorites:
1. The psychology of self-motivation, by Scott Geller
Mindset is everything! This talk was a great reminder that thoughts and attitudes play a major role in creating success.
Quote: “When you feel a sense of autonomy, or perceive choice, you create self-motivation. So sit back and reflect on the choices you have, and talk about being a success seeker rather than a failure-avoider. It’s all about how you see it, how you communicate to yourself and to others”
2. How to achieve your most ambitious goals, by Stephen Duneier
This is a great talk on how to achieve big ambitious projects through marginal improvements, day in, day out. A plus, is that the speaker has a great sense of humor!
Quote: “You many not control the stats but what you control is the tiny, little decisions you must make correctly along the way to move the probability in favor of you achieving the type of results you want.”
3. Stop trying so hard. Achieve more by doing less, by Bethany Butzer
This talk discusses , among other things, “upstream effort” vs “downstream effort”. I definitely recommend a listen if you’re working so hard yet feel like you’re not making any progress.
Quote: “Life involves effort, otherwise we wouldn’t achieve anything worthwhile. The trick is learning how to balance effort with ease”
What do you do to feed your mind? What daily investments do you make towards your future best self?