If you’re a business person, you’ll know that return of investment, or ROI, is one of the metrics that concern you the most.
We’re talking about what you get when you invest something. And that can be applied to any other area of life. Self-improvement is no different.
Every small action you take today changes you a bit, it either gets you closer to the ideal lifestyle or distracts you from your most important goals, and it will have an effect on your way of thinking in the future.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”Benjamin Franklin
When most of the actions we take daily are unproductive, for instance, it’s no wonder that you won’t start a home based business, won’t get fit, and won’t excel at work.
But if you focus on self-improvement as your one priority, it means that anything you do or think about will be with this goal in mind – to improve yourself and your lifestyle.
Thinking Like an Investor
Investors are pretty smart people. They have the knowledge to manage their money well, to predict trends in the market, to deal with risk, measure progress against objectives, and seize opportunities. One thing that comes with enough practice, though, is thinking long-term.
An investor would take some time to see the real costs and benefits of an investment and take a decision based on the end result he’s after.
An investor will keep learning and trying even when everything seems to be falling apart.
An investor won’t follow any get-rich-quick schemes, as he knows the risk of that is even bigger in the long run. Instead, he’ll carefully watch what others are doing and what has worked before, will study the market, will invest only a small amount of his money and will test the water before jumping in.
We should all think like investors and strive for personal development on a consistent basis.
If before doing something you stop and ask yourself whether it’s something you’ll be happy you did some time from now, you’ll make wiser choices and end up working on things that will pay off in the future.
Such a mentality leads to the biggest progress of all because it’s not about doing what feels comfortable now, or avoiding any type of change, but about taking one step in the right direction daily and analyzing the results.
This way you’re building skills, learning stuff, gaining experience and always moving forward.
Self-improvement is as strategic as investing, if you want to do it right.
That’s why goal setting is such a big part of it. Every week and month you should revisit your goals, see how far you’ve gone, and plan the next steps.
Being a lifelong learner is yet another factor. Keep reading, learning from experience, listening to mentors and like-minded people, and even turning to your inner self every now and then so that you can stay focused, on the right path, and be sure you want all that you’re currently doing with your life.
At some point, personal growth itself will make you feel alive enough, will help you become the best you can be, and enjoy every second of every day at the same time, as you’ll always be doing something to improve your lifestyle and that thought itself is liberating.