When you hear the word “investments,” you probably think about your retirement account, real estate, stocks and bonds, and maybe a business that you own. But there are other things in life worth investing in that don’t cost a thing – and they produce exponential returns…
Investing in this sense comes in the form of time and effort. Here’s what’s worth investing in right now:
The older we get, the more we tend to limit ourselves. We tell ourselves stories regarding what we are – and aren’t – capable of. know ourselves best – our strengths and our weaknesses – what we’re capable of and certainly what we’re incapable of. But the only limitations that exist are the ones you impose on yourself. It’s possible to be what you don’t think you are by investing time and energy into that thing you didn’t. And it’s never too late. Nothing is set in stone.
I never thought I’d start my own business. I never lifted heavy weights or experimented with HIIT training. I’ve never been a big risk taker. What I have been is someone who follows rules, follows the conventional path toward someone else’s definition of “success,” seeks to make others happy, and searches for security. Because that’s how I was raised and that’s who I was (or so I told myself).
I know now that it’s all complete nonsense. In the last four years, I left a comfortable, secure corporate job for something completely unfamiliar and uncharted. I’ve fallen in love with group training classes that emphasize heavy weight lifting and HIIT routines. How did I get to this point? By investing time and energy into introspection, journaling, showing up consistently, and honoring and processing my feelings rather than numbing out. It took a long time, and it’s an ongoing process, but I’ve made tons of progress. And THAT feels fantastic.
Relationships aren’t something you plant and expect to grow on their own. They take nourishing and time – what you don’t water will eventually die. But some relationships have expiration dates, and aren’t meant to last forever. You won’t have the time and energy to invest in every single person in your life, either, but not everyone is worth it. Pick your people carefully. Are you giving the energy and attention to the people who deserve it? If someone is enriching your life, bringing forth value, and lifting you up, that’s probably a relationship worth investing in.
Spend time every single day being thankful to be who you are, and grateful for the life that you have. I’ve spent a lot of time studying the Law of Attraction, and this is the first step. You can’t receive more without appreciating what you already have. No matter how unideal your current circumstances are, make a conscious effort to be grateful as often as possible. Remember that what you think you become. What you are, you attract. Good vibes only, friends!