Yes the economy may not be looking great with cuts left right and centre, but how do you stand above it all? Simply invest in yourself; it is only human to worry about the unknown but if that leads nowhere why not choose to cut the worrying time and invest in yourself. And here is how and more reasons to do so.
You are your own asset…Yes. You are! Are you a mother, worker, business owner, teacher or many more? If the answer is yes then you are certainly an asset! The mother is an asset to her children, the worker is an asset to his community…can you see how it works? So many of us are valuable assets to those around us. You Invest in yourself both professional and personally but which one takes precedence? I will like to think it’s the basics, which take us back to Maslow Hierarchy of needs. At the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid are sleep, food, warmth, air, water, stimulation and activity. Once these are met we can move on to other needs which would include, lets say, professional and personal development.
Invest in your sleep: so you can improve your memory, reduce stress, repair your body and be alert at most times. Most adults reap all these benefits with 7-9 hours of sleep. Of course we are mostly busy but why spend more time on a task and deprive yourself of quality rest, sleep? See 10 ways to improve your sleep Here!
Eat well: Choose a healthy eating habit. If you are trying to lose weight why not swap your plate size and portion for smaller ones; simply spread your calories intake over the course of the day. You are better off eating 6 smaller portions than one to 2 large portions a day. The mechanics of this is simple; each time you eat you increase your metabolic rate which helps burns fat subsequently helps you lose weight.
Add protein to your breakfast: it keeps you going longer. Include soups in your diet too so you stay fuller longer after lunch and it helps drives that hunger bang away. Take time and where possible be selective with what you eat,; ensure you select food to improve and hence your health and general well being. Health after all is wealth!
Visit your General Practitioner:do your regular and routine checks; Take care of yourself as prevention is better than cure. As we can’t literally see inside our body which may mean if anything is going wrong we most likely would not know. So try not to miss your routine checks.
Once we have taken care of the basics we are more than able to attend to our other needs. So as we progress up Maslows pyramid our needs become increasingly psychological and social. Love, friendship and intimacy become essential. Further up the pyramid, the need for personal esteem and feelings of accomplishment take priority. Maslow stressed the importance of self-actualization, which is a process of growing and developing as a person to achieve individual potentials.
Now it is time to Do what you do, using your talents and abilities because it makes you happy. In everything you do, have a purpose, principle or ideal that you hold dear and will not compromise if the price is right”~Iyanla Vanzant.
Attend to your Personal development: Perfect and work on areas of you wish to improve you can do this by;
1. Opening yourself to learning: you could do this by reading informative literature or going back to college.
2. Pick up a new hobby. Think outside the box!
3. Work on esteem issues if any, build self confidence. Address underlining issues that may impact on you negatively.
4. Network with people you intend to learn from: you could do this via social networking or simply attending a group(s) Seminar
5. Set goals and action them!
6. Attend to and enhance your spiritual life.
7. Be patient don’t beat yourself up if things are not going your way. Instead review the situation, think different and choose the appropriate course of action.
Good Luck and Happy New Year!