It’s official – the holiday season is underway and 2020 is coming to a close. Since this is a busy time of year with an already demanding schedule, let’s stay grounded and remain focused on the important things in life. Family and health are among the top priorities, and equally important is self-care. Looking out and taking care of ourselves is a return on investment (ROI) and a gift that keeps on giving.
It’s not every day that we consider ROI on a personal level, similar to how the business world measures their investments’ performance. Self ROI offers the same benefits as well as long-term rewards. Warren Buffet once said, “You will never get a better return in life than when you truly invest in yourself.” Some economists strongly believe investing in yourself builds human capital in our society.
The challenges brought upon us due to the pandemic may have caused us to pause on prioritizing ourselves. As leaders, we should continuously look for ways to become our better selves. No one will certainly do it on our behalf; it’s up to us to make it happen on our own. In the landscape of virtual meetings, programs, conferences, shopping, etc., almost anything is achievable if we put our minds to it.
Here are 10 suggestions to invest in yourself:
1) Professional development training/continuing education courses and workshops;
2) Manage and diversify your earnings and invest;
3) Healthy eating, mindfulness mediation, and exercise;
4) Sleep 7-8 hours;
5) Create a bucket list;
6) Learn a new skill, language, or hobby;
7) Expand your network of business associates and friends;
8) Be a mentor/ally or find one;
9) Manage your social media profile and professional brand; and
10) Community service/philanthropy.
These are some examples as the list of options is endless.
As a holiday present to yourself, especially in the new year, think about the gift of self-investment. You deserve to put yourself at the front of the line and take care of #1 because our strongest asset at TEMPO Madison is the beautiful, talented, and brilliant women who continuously invest in their personal and professional growth as well as each other.
Here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday and a new year rich with prosperity and joy.
With warm regards,
Leslie M. Petty