Writing out goals is one of the easiest ways to start investing in yourself. A set of goals is like a grocery list for your life. It tells you exactly what you need to realize your dreams.
Start by spending just a few minutes each month mapping out your goals. These goals don’t have to be sweeping, overarching goals like paying off all your debts.
They can be as simple as setting up auto payments with your financial institution, limiting eating out to only once per month, or updating your resumé.
Whatever short-term and perhaps long-term goals you choose to focus on this year, make sure they’re obtainable and won’t leave you feeling worse off at the end of the year if you don’t accomplish all of them.
Embrace lifelong learning
Education doesn’t end once you leave the classroom, and you can build your skill set and feed your passions with lifelong learning.
There’s still so much to learn in this world and there are so many ways to access new information.
Whether you’d like to learn more about budgeting, paying off debts, planning for retirement or credit, invest in skills that enhance your strengths.
Your education in yourself is ongoing. Take advantage of various resources and mastermind groups that will develop your skills in areas of your strengths.
Successful people never stop learning. If you stop building your skillset, you’ll be left behind as technology evolves. Thankfully, picking up a new skill is quite straightforward these days.
There are dozens of online resources available at your fingertips. Learning can mean listening to a podcast, reading a book, watching a YouTube video, or signing up for an online course.
Living a healthier lifestyle can help you live a longer life and reduce your future medical bills.
Maintaining a healthier lifestyle has many benefits: your body will naturally feel better, and you’ll feel less fatigued throughout the day.
The key is identifying what health routine works best for you. This may involve going for a morning walk or setting up yearly health checkups. Usually exercise and proper eating is the first thing to go when other priorities pop up.
And being healthy is the best way to insure your other investments in life (like taking care of your family and being productive at work) keep up.
Investing in your health can be as simple as having a healthy breakfast each morning. It could mean taking walks after dinner or signing up for that personal trainer that you’ve always wanted.
Do something daily to invest in your health and you’ll be sure to reap wonderful returns.
Make your mental health a priority by checking in with yourself regularly to manage stress levels and prevent burnout. Give yourself permission to take a break, make a mistake and set boundaries.
Understand that you might not be where you thought you’d be right now (who is?) but that you’ll get there one day.
Invest in your future by being present now daily.
Having clarity and being laser focused being in the moment is instrumental to making key decisions for investments that will pay off in the future.
Being present prevents you from making bad decisions stemming from negative emotions.
Chances are, if you haven’t made a budget yet, there’s no better time than the present. Spend a month tracking your finances in a money diary, list your expenses, and then develop a budget that is both attainable and will help you reach your financial goals.
Create a spending plan to track how much you spend, save and invest each month. Some people use an app on their phone; others plug numbers into an Excel spreadsheet.
Discover what works for you and consistently track your finances. Remember, you control your spending plan. Therefore, you get to decide what you spend your money on.
Debt is destructive. Not only does it weigh down on your relationships, it holds you back from reaching your goals. And the longer you delay paying off your debt, the bigger it grows.
Once you have evaluated your spending plan, calculate how much you need to meet your monthly minimum debt payment and consider how you could use that money elsewhere.
Getting out of debt can be difficult, but the benefits are well worth it.
Do you have extra money left over at the end of each month? It’s important to save part of your income to keep up with inflation and accumulate wealth.
Investing isn’t rocket science; you can keep it as simple as you like.
For some people, a savings account with an above-average interest rate is enough. For others, venturing out into the stock market makes more sense.
When starting out, it is crucial not to put all your eggs in one basket and to diversify your exposure to risk. The longer your money is invested, the more it will grow.
Invest in a financial planner
When searching for a financial planner, look for one who educates and guides you, not one who will make all the decisions for you. Financial planners are experts who can teach you how to budget, pay off debt, and invest your money.
They can keep you accountable, help you avoid mistakes, and create a path to achieve your goals. What’s the first thing you think about when you hear the word “investing”? Probably investing in stocks, real estate, or savings.
But what about yourself? Whether that’s expanding your knowledge, developing positive new habits while breaking negative ones, or getting your financial and personal affairs organized, it’s your responsibility to give back to yourself before you can give your time and energy to other people and things.