Invest in Yourself

You are the biggest asset you will ever have. So why not take time to invest in yourself? Habits and actions have a profound effect on the overall well-being of a person.  Positive habits and actions help to increase a person’s productivity, comfort and success. Adjusting the way you live and adopting positive actions, changing habits, and making better decisions, you will be paving way for a better future. You can invest in yourself without spending any money and still get a good return on investment. There are many ways to invest in yourself without having to spend any money including: building better relationships and getting out of toxic ones, exercise more, read a book, set goals, learn something new, or doing yoga.

Create an Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is the money kept away to help cover unexpected costs. The money can be used to cover costs such as sudden job loss, unexpected home repairs, car repairs, and health expenses. It is not always easy to save money but it is always worthwhile. The emergency fund helps to keep stress levels down by creating a safety net when life throws the unexpected. The emergency fund keeps one away from impulse spending. Keeping the money away in a separate account means it is out of reach for expenses that are not pressing. This also means that we can make better financial decisions when it comes to how we spend the money at hand.  

Help Someone

So many people out there need one thing or another but are afraid to ask for help because they fear judgment. Finding someone in need and volunteering to help them can make a big difference in their life and yours. It could give you a new purpose and make you feel more fulfilled. They are many ways to help someone. We could help in deep cleaning their house, cleaning out their closet or garage, weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, or even doing something seemingly simple such as spending your free time with them or giving them a hot meal. So this year purpose to help someone and be the one to put a smile on their face.

Set a Goal

‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’ is not just a cliché. Living life without the direction of where we want to go or what we want to achieve is not ideal. First, consider what you want to achieve and then commit to it. It is important to set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound (SMART). This will help you monitor the progress and adjust your plan accordingly. Furthermore, the process of goal setting helps you to think about the future. Knowing what you want to achieve helps you to know where to put the most effort. 

Let Go of Resentments

Resentment is the chronic feeling of bitterness one gets when they have been treated unfairly or badly. Resentment is experienced long after the event has ended and the negative emotions that come with it can be detrimental to one’s physical and emotional health, productivity and may also take a toll on relationships.

“Resentment, however, is like water seeping into the beams. It is quiet, easily ignored, and insidious. It may be unnoticed until the beams rot and the house collapses”.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The first thing to do to be able to let go of resentment is to see it for what is. Separate the person from the event that made you resentful and analyze why you feel the way you do. Accept the feelings of anger and vulnerability and allow yourself to experience them. At this point, you can decide to forgive and let go or reach out to the person you are resentful towards, express how they made you feel the talk through it. Whichever method you choose, don’t go around carrying the poison of resentment. Be kind to yourself.

These are just five things you can do to make this year your best yet. With consistency, they will help boost your productivity and leave you feeling more fulfilled. By adopting one or more of these easy strategies you can be guaranteed a better future.