The best investment you’ll ever make is in YOU! You have to do it FIRST, while you still have the time, resources and energy, to make that investment.
I haven’t always been good at this. I’m still not always good at this. I prioritize it, and I work at it, because I know how important it is for me to be more successful, and how important it is to those I work with to be successful.
Rather than leave you with something abstract, or a laundry list of things, I’ll offer you three simple ways you can do right now to get started investing in you first!
3 Ways to Invest In You First
Walk 30 minutes every day – FIRST THING – and share it with someone
The first thing I do every day is walk 30 minutes. I do that before my day gets out of control, and it clears my mind, it gets my circulation going, and it gives me energy to keep going.
I don’t walk for speed, or for distance, I walk for time. 30 minutes is my goal. Sometimes I go 40 minutes. Seldom do I go less than 30 minutes.
And sharing it helps me stay accountable. Usually I snap a selfie – or of the sunrise – and I post it to Facebook or Instagram, and I share it with my wife via text message.
Listen to an audio book or a podcast for 30 minutes
I multi-task this and I do this on my walk. I don’t listen to music often, I just listen to an audio book or a podcast and get a little smarter, add one or two actionable things I can do to improve myself, or something I can learn to connect with other people. Recently I’ve enjoyed Paul Simon and Malcolm Gladwell perform Miracles and Wonder, Steve Young’s QB and Orson Scott Card’s Speaker for the Dead (the sequel to Ender’s Game). These are affiliate links so you pay nothing more but I might get a cup of coffee if you buy these books I loved.
Go to bed early, get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast
I used to love late night television, SportsCenter was always on, and I’d watch news until the late hours of the morning, and then get up as late as possible, force feeding myself some coffee and go go go along with my day. And by 1 PM I’d be totally gassed, so I’d need to have more coffee and power through the day.
Now, I go to bed by 10 PM, I’m up by 6:30 AM, and after my morning walk, I always eat a good breakfast, usually with eggs and toast, but sometimes something else.
Here’s the thing I recognize and that I leave you with for encouragement: You have to put fuel in your tank before you can give anyone else a ride.
To be the best you for you, invest in you first, so you can be the best you for others.
Move beyond the burnout. Begin – or get back to – investing in you first.
How do YOU invest in you first?