Do you hold back when it comes to investing in yourself and your dreams?
When you stop to think about it, you invest in things everyday. When you purchase a book online, you are investing in your knowledge and the author’s career. By changing the oil in your car, you are investing in your wheels and your ability to get from point A to B. When you purchase a new couch, you are investing in the aesthetics and comfort of your home.
So why is it so difficult to invest in yourself?
Starting out, it can feel like you are spending a lot of time and money working towards your ideal career. Especially, if you’re already working a time-consuming, stressful job, or if you are working with a tight budget. Sometimes, it can seem easier to just give it up and go back to your old reliable job.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” —Colin Powell
It’s important that you change your mindset when it comes to preparing for your new career path. Look at your time and money spent towards your career goal as an investment in yourself and your new career rather than wasted time and money.
This year, why not invest a little money and time in your most valuable resource—YOU? If you’re not sure where to start, here are 3 powerful ways you can invest in your career success.
1. Invest in your Skills
Take a look at the skills you are focusing on for your new career. Are there ways that you can improve those skills or take them to the next level? If so, make a point to invest in growing your skills every chance you get this year.
Consider taking on an internship related to the field you want to be in. If there are no internships available, check out opportunities to volunteer. This is a great way to get hands-on and learn new things while building up your existing skills. It is also an excellent way for you to meet people doing some of the things that you want to be doing.
Expand your education by signing up for online courses, or taking evening classes at the community college. Go speak with someone at your local college to find out what courses they offer that are relatable to your ideal profession. Search online for applicable internet courses that will help you improve your skills from home.
2. Invest in your Confidence
“The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.”
One of the biggest ways you can invest in yourself is to grow your confidence. This isn’t something that comes naturally, but it is something that you must work at in order to achieve greater confidence in your abilities.
Invest in yourself daily by spending time building your confidence and focusing on the things that you are good at. If you haven’t practiced using positive affirmations in your daily life, give it a try. Kelsey Aida offers excellent guidance in how to get started with authentic, positive affirmations.
3. Invest in your Network
When you invest in growing and strengthening your network of connections, you will ultimately invest in your career. You will be strengthening your chances at being presented with career opportunities that you may have missed out on otherwise.
Take some time to invest in networking groups and opportunities to expand and grow your connections base. Ask around and search online for groups in your area or in your online network that are related to the profession you want to be in. This is also another great way to meet and learn from others who are in the field that you want to be in.
By doing each of these things, you will be investing time and money in your personal success and the future of your new career. Remember that none of these investment opportunities will necessarily reveal immediate results, because that’s just not the way investments work. When you invest in something, it’s because you see the potential for something to grow and be successful. Isn’t it time that you noticed the potential in yourself?
How will you invest in yourself this year?