You have the potential to invest in yourself even when you only have $1 to your name. Investing in yourself is costly, but you can pay with effort if your funds are lacking. Here are four tips in four minutes that will last you a lifetime:
1) Listen to your dreams. Literally. Your subconscious speaks to you in your sleep. Dreams contain latent content and manifest content. If your dreams were a movie you could consider the latent content to be the moral of the story, or the hidden message. Manifest content is a little less abstract in a sense that what you get is what you see. Your dreams serve as a sounding board between your subconscious and conscious mind. That latent content may speak volumes… Frequencies that are otherwise inaudible in your waking world. Everyone’s dreams aren’t bound in reality. Therefore, I’m not implying that you should use them as some sort of oracle. They may not tell you what your “calling” is. However, analyzing them may help you conceptualize things that you’ve repressed, or otherwise ignored. Repressing sentiments, doesn’t make them cease to exist. Addressing them will create room for new seeds to grow….
2) Indulge in new ideas. I love to read, but I am also aware that there are a lot of people that don’t feel the same. I hate to break it to you, but reading is the only way that you will get from point A, to point B, and eventually to Z. Obviously my take on this is not unbiased. But I will explain why I firmly hold this to be true. Have you ever watched a documentary, and become indoctrinated in whatever message was being shared? The proprietor has ample opportunity to cherry pick the information being provided. Viewers are often rendered opinions camouflaged as facts, and they take the distributor’s word as bond. This has happened to me before, so believe me when I say I am not passing judgement. When you read, you are provided a broader context. It is important to have the whole picture and not a limited view. I would be contradicting myself if I didn’t note that messages in written form can also have these deficits. That is why you should read frequently and be open to diverse bodies of work.
3) Diversify your network. You need to meet new people to continue to personally evolve. We tend to befriend or communicate with people who are similar to us. This is not a problem. However, it becomes an issue if you only surround yourself with likeminded people, of the same demographics. It is important that you be connected to people from all walks of life because they each have different worldviews. When your network (whether it be social or professional), has no variety you are not able to progress. This is because new ideas aren’t being brought to the table. In return, the same ones bounce back and forth, and back and forth when the “key” that you are seeking is behind the locked door. If you want to invest in yourself, you need to consider yourself and those around you to be an organization. In the present, multimillion dollar companies are taking a multidisciplinary approach to stimulate growth. This is because data shows that when organizations include everyone in the conversation or strategy toward success, there are better outcomes.
4) Learn to be disciplined. If you do not know what long term goal you’d like to accomplish, establish some short term goals. Then follow through with execution. This could be something as simple as making a commitment to take the stairs rather than the elevator for the next couple of weeks. At the end of this time period, you may discover that you would rather revert back to your old habits because the stairs hurt your knees. This is fine, because you can use this as a data point. In the same breath, you’ve learned that you are resilient. This lesson could then be applied to goals that hold greater weight. Soon you will learn how rewarding discipline can be. Discipline is the guaranteed ticket to success. Also realize that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. Discipline is a skill, and you need discipline to invest 10,000 hours into a skill (or idea). So this is something you should begin sooner, rather than later….
I hope these tips find you well. I hope that you are able to apply them to your journey in a meaningful way. Certainly, I have not reached the peak of all I would like to accomplish in my lifetime. Therefore I am not expert. But I felt compelled to share this message with you. So now you have the option to utilize these tools, or leave them be…
Best of luck!