2016 was a year that for many, was full of disappointments. People were upset about election results, referendums, and of course, numerous celebrity deaths. But for me, 2016 was a year of major changes and a lot of learning. The year started in my last semester of my BA in History. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after school and, of course, none of those options had anything to do with history. I went from thinking I would get another degree abroad in psychology to applying to teach English in Germany to deciding I would be a web developer and taking numerous coding courses, to where I am now, owning my own event planning company. That’s a lot of change and uncertainty for one year! So why take advice from someone like me? Well, through all those changes, not only have I learned a lot, but I’ve also made some pretty big steps in my career in a very short period of time. I’m certain that I’ve made the right decisions, and even more certain that anybody can do the same. I feel that in the end, I kicked 2016 in the butt, and both you and I can do the same to 2017. To help you, I’ve put together 5 principles that I feel are necessary to live a successful and very happy life and I will share one with you each day of this week. Enjoy!
1. Invest in Yourself
I mean this both figuratively and literally. In the literal sense, if you want to be successful, you have to take a hard look at your spending habits. There is nothing wrong with spending money, but you have to make sure you’re putting it in the right places. Eating out might make your tummy happy in the short term, but it will cut through your monthly budget pretty fast! And those new boots? Unless they are going to walk you into your dream job, they’re probably not worth it. When spending money we often look only at the price tag and then make a decision as to whether we will spend or not based on that alone. But a new habit to get into is looking at the price tag and then looking at what you get for it. What is the value of this purchase to you? We often have a hard time justifying large purchases such as an educational course, or tickets to a conference or workshop, but we don’t think twice about
ordering take out every second day. It’s time to change that and start thinking about the money you spend as an investment in yourself. What kind of a return will you get on a trip to the mall vs. going to a networking event? Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean you have to spend $30,000 plus on a university degree to be successful. I spent 5 years getting a university degree which, although does has value, did not give me the best return. However, after graduating and playing around with a few different career choices I got serious about event planning. I did a lot of research and I decided to invest in the DreamGroup Wedding Planning course, knowing I needed to do something to get my foot in the door. The return on this was massive! Not only did I land multiple jobs but I also made many strong connections with vendors and industry professionals. Do your research, find out what will benefit you the most, and then invest.
Figuratively, investing in yourself can take many forms. But the main idea is this: take care of yourself both physically and mentally, and your body will reward you by being happy and feeling good. This is just as important as investing in yourself financially. You can’t be on top of your game if you’re feeling sluggish or unhappy and believe me, people can tell if you are! Chances are, you will need some help to get where you want in life. People are going to be a lot more willing to invest their time and money in you if you show them that you are sharp and confident about what you are doing. Take some time this week to sit down and decide what your body and mind need to be happy and perform the best that they can. For me, this means getting 7 hours of sleep every day, staying active, eating healthy, and occasionally treating myself to some chocolate and unnecessary youtube binges.
Well, that’s it for tip number 1 to owning 2017! I hope you’ve been able to take something from what I’ve written and I would love to get your thoughts too! Let me know what you’ve been doing to invest in yourself, or even what you plan to do in the new year. I can’t wait to hear from you and I will be back tomorrow with tip number 2.
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