How are you investing in yourself?

So, you are starting something new? We all go through periods of personal reflection and contemplation on the future and what we want to do next. We reflect on what we have accomplished and what our aims are for the year ahead. It’s this that often drives us to do new things; make plans; achieve more; be better at something; promises to ourselves to ‘do more’ or ‘improve’ in some way. Many people fail to act on this impetus because they set overly ambitious goals. It’s one of the major causes of failure. While you initially feel inspired and energised by setting blowout goals. The lustre of these ambitions can fade when we realise how difficult they are to keep. Small, incremental lifestyle changes may feel less sexy, but they have a much greater chance of creating real change. 

So why not think about applying this to your career development? If you are looking to develop in your role or to gains skills and knowledge to be able to apply for a new role; small incremental changes over a longer period to improve the chances of maintaining your development journey and achieve the success you are looking for.  

Commitment is the key – motivation will follow if you set small and frequent achievable goals. 

Just how do you approach this investment in yourself? Well this needs to be both time and money according to Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker and personal development author. He has a rule of thumb that says will “guarantee your future”: Invest 3 percent of your income back into yourself. The idea is that by investing in your knowledge and growth, you’ll improve yourself and increase your skills, thus furthering your personal development, career, and earning potential. By investing in your development and building a network of likeminded peers to help and support you on your journey. You may be fortunate enough that your employer does this for you. But we believe that you could also apply this 3% rule to your time. 

 Invest 3% of your waking hours in you!  

 If you sleep roughly 8 hours each night you are left with 16 waking hours per day – 3% of your waking hours is 48mins!  

 So, when thinking about your future personal development in 2019 consider how you may invest your 3%.  

 3% of your time and your money because you are worth it!