Investing is the key to all great things in life. If you invest consistently, your life will compound.
You must consistently invest into your finances.
You must consistently invest into your friends and family.
You must consistently invest into your health.
You must consistently invest into your mind.
Unfortunately, investing is not easy. It takes discipline. It takes overcoming resistance. And toughest of all, it takes time. It takes carving out that precious time in your week to consistently invest into what’s most important. It takes learning things you may not know, or taking risks you’re not comfortable taking. It takes humbling yourself to ask for help.
The exciting part about investing, though, is that if done consistently it compounds. It will compound your financial results. It will compound the strength of your relationships. It will compound the strength of your body and mind.
If you read this post and think to yourself, “I don’t know if I am investing”, you probably aren’t – and that’s okay. Most people aren’t. This is why the average person is struggling with their health, struggling with their finances, and struggling with happiness. This is why divorce rates are so high. This is why obesity is an epidemic. This is why most people are paycheck to paycheck. This is why a large percentage of people are aren’t happy.
This isn’t about God, or religion. No matter what you believe in – whether it’s God, the Universe, or the Major Oak Tree – you were given all you need to be happy in this world. You were given a choice. You were given a choice to learn, a choice to invest in yourself, and a choice to grow. Whether you choose wisely is up to you.
You have to choose to consistently invest your money to grow your wealth – it doesn’t just happen automatically. If you go out there and buy a BMW the first moment you can, you’re setting yourself back.
You have to consistently dedicate quality time for your family, and friends. Time to laugh, and love. Time away from the phones and away from the drama.
You have to consistently dedicate time to shop for healthy foods and to work out. Whether you’re just taking long walks everyday or hitting the weights, you must stay active. Our human body is like all things – if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Lastly, you must consistently invest into your mind and spirit. For me, this is reading, reflecting, and journaling (and maybe, writing these posts). For you, it might be going to church and investing time into the reflections and lessons you learn there. For others, it might be to go to therapy consistently so you dedicate time to reflecting on yourself, your growth, and your lessons. Whatever works for you – do it.
Start planning how you’ll invest into these areas of your life now. Most of you are probably investing into one or two of these areas, but ignoring the others. That’s a nice start, but you need ’em all.
My best suggestion? Create an environment that makes investing easier for you.
Financially, you should have money automatically come out of your check or account monthly to invest or save (max out your company plan for starters, if you’re an employee out there. Or setup a Roth that automatically deducts monthly).
Remove anything from your living environment that screws you up. Cookies, alcohol, etc. Anything that you can’t control yourself around. There is nothing shameful about acknowledging your weakness. The only shame is doing nothing about it.
Build relationships and personal time into your schedule. Block it out in your planner and make it non-negotiable.
There. That’s a good start. Now let’s get to it.