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  If you do not invest in yourself, how do you expect to offer value as an individual, or a business? It is next to impossible. It is from what you have that you draw to give to others. Some people just go through daily routines, trying to hustle their way through life, but never get to truly add value to themselves.
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The good news is that even if you’re part of this train, there’s still space for you to make improvements in your life. The year has not ended, so you can still build the life you want and make an impact. In this article, I highlight 10 sure-fire ways to invest in yourself and live your dream life.
  • Set goals

This is underrated. Some people just wake up and go with the flow of each day. That shouldn’t be, at all. The least you owe yourself is to make plans at becoming a better person. This will be achieved by setting clear and realistic goals. These goals could be set for daily, weekly, monthly or yearly targets. It helps you plan out your life, so you aren’t just going with the wind.
  • Read

There is a myth that Africans don’t read. And if this is true, try to break out of it, because it helps no one. Many solutions you need to your life challenges are contained in books. Set out at least, 20-30 minutes a day to read a few pages of a book. It’s time to cut down on social media, gossip, and unnecessary engagements that eat into your time. Save some of it and invest in reading. Your money shouldn’t only be spent on data subscriptions, junk food, or the latest fashion item. Invest in books, and trust me, you will get ultimate value.
  • Journal

Basically, journalling helps you clear your head and stay sane. Instead of lashing out at someone, or killing yourself with depressing thoughts, you can write all you feel, and you are sure to get relieved.
  • Exercise

This sounds like a cliché, but if you engage in regular exercise, you will definitely simplify your life.
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Your heart and other organs of your body will thank you for that.
  • Eat healthy meals

Enough of the ice cream and pizza, it’s time to get serious with your body. Inasmuch as these treats are necessary once in a while, they are treats, and nothing more. You can’t afford to load up your system with the trouble that will wait for you at an older age.
  • Invest in training

This is self-explanatory. As you read self-help and educational books on your own, also invest in seminars, webinars, workshops, and course training that will add value to your life and where you’re going.
  • Practice self-care

Self-care is simply prioritizing yourself and taking maximum care of yourself as much as you can.
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This greatly boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Skill up

This can be done by taking courses. It is different from your formal education. Learn hands-on skills that can give you an edge over your contemporaries. There are a lot of free online courses now. Take advantage of them and get better. 
  • Travel

I know, travelling requires money. But all the money you spend on some irrelevant things can be saved up for good insightful trips. Travelling gives you a break from work, people and places that sap your energy. It also opens up your mind to a world you’re typically not used to.
  • Invest in quality relationships

Are there quality relationships you’ve dismissed in the past? If you can, restore them. You should also try to build new valuable relationships with people, in your family, workplace, school or industry. They often become your ladder to excel in different areas. Featured Image Source: Thediaryforlife
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This article was first published on 27th October 2022


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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