Invest in Yourself, Baby

Do what you love, love what you do

We all know that our work is a large part of our lives.  Many of us invest accordingly, with designations, courses, training and ongoing learning.  It may not occur to us to approach our personal lives with the same focus.

Invest in yourself

Are you generally happy?  Are you dissatisfied?  Frustrated?  Angry?  Do you struggle with a sense of purpose?  Live every day as though it matters.

What does your typical day involve?  Look at your personal or non-work time.  What do you do with it?  What hobbies and interests do you want to develop?  What habits do you want to stop?  What would happen if you interpreted dissatisfaction, malaise, anger (insert other negative states of mind/emotion), as a signals to try something different?

Be aware

When we’re tired and juggling responsibilities it’s easy to drift into auto-pilot.  Pay attention instead.  What thoughts dominate your internal dialogue?  What types of people do you interact with?  What activities do you do?  What hobbies or interests do you want to develop?  Everything we spend time on is our personal investment.  What do these investments bring you?

Something new

Change doesn’t have to be sudden and dramatic.  Try introducing one new thing to the mix.  What have you wanted to do but never found the time?  Start by investing some time, even a few minutes, to these new pursuits.  Move in the direction of what you want.

Our moments

All we really have are moments.  Spend them purposefully and you’ll see the results you want.

You can live every day doing what you love.  Maybe not all day every day — at first, anyway.  Develop conscious choices and your time spent doing what you love will grow.  One day you’ll wake up contented, for seemingly no reason at all.

That’s a good life, baby.

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8 thoughts on “Invest in Yourself, Baby

  1. I’ve had with many opportunities to do what I love. When I worked as a treatment provider for people with mental illnesses, I gave 100 % of myself. Every day of the 14 years I spent in the field was a day full of meaning. When I got sick and stopped working, I felt lost at first but I learned new ways to find meaning in my life. Blogging and returning to the arts gives me a fresh reason to live. Now I am learning new ways to express myself. This is not to say that I don’t have moments of doubt and pain–I have my share of life’s pain: but that pain does not define me. That’s a good life, baby!

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    1. That’s absolutely a good life, Rob! I notice a theme — you help many people. You did that as a treatment provider and continue to do so with your blog. Continuing with your art is a gift too. You’ve learned a lot in many different ways and you give even more. That’s something very special. Wishing you many more opportunities to explore and do what you love. 🙂

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