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WHAT'S YOUR BEST INVESTMENT?
We've just enjoyed a lovely long week (thanks to Elizabeth II) which involved lots of socialising, eating, drinking and some time in the office preparing for the end of the financial year. Yep, it's only two weeks until we start thinking about our tax!
This might excite you or you avoid it, however, we have to face the fact that most of us pay tax. What I find most interesting is exploring what's accumulated in my tax receipts folder. When you flick through these pages, you soon learn where you've invested your money ... and I use that term quite loosely.
Amongst the expenses associated with having children, running a home, socialising and managing a business, I found a few receipts. Sadly, my investment isn't going to reap the return I'm expecting ... what about you?
INVESTING IN YOURSELF - THE BEST INVESTMENT
Investing in Yourself will mean many things to many people ... so, I'm curious how you've invested in yourself over the past 50 weeks.
What have you added to your wardrobe? Shoes, boots, suits, coats etc?
This is an 'image and confidence' investment for many. I'm a fan of this - easily detected when I add up the credit card expenses. However, not the most important investment.
Maybe you have a gym or health club membership, or, you are a yoga devotee. These are definite self investments - as your well-being and fitness are paramount to achieve most of your other life goals, including feeling good about yourself.
How many health checks have you had during the past 12 months? The list is endless: general practitioner, oral health, skin cancer check (especially for us here in Australia), Naturopath, eyes, bloods, podiatrist, mammograms etc. Again, all very important and being proactive in preventative health is a credit to you and an investment for your future self.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT
And how many of you are funding your professional development? I meet many people who are completing their MBAs and embarking on off shore assignments. These are very stressful and time-consuming investments, so your health and well-being must go hand in hand with this type of investment.
So, how else does one invest in thyself?
Yes, it is often forgotten. And I forgive you. Ah, yes, it's your ...
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT
It's about taking time to read that book written by someone who has a skill you'd like to emulate; knowledge that you need to inhale and ideas which you've been meaning to experiment with.
It's a workshop or retreat to take time out to review and refresh your approach - we know that if we keep doing the same thing the same way we get the same result. Workshops generally include activities, networking, action planning and are fundamentally good for you and your motivation.
It's seeking out that Business/Life Coach to focus on your accountability; to guide you to seek the answers and action you know are lurking somewhere in your being. It may require some workplace support or if you are serious, you'll find it yourself and reap the rewards sooner than later.
And, it's that Mentor who's conversations provide that wise source of strategy to be a better you. Being matched or locating one (or two) who will invest their time listening to you and sharing 'how they did it' or 'wouldn't do it' in the future.
There are many ways to invest in your Personal Development. The most important taking action immediately about investing or commencing your investment package.
IT'S TIME TO INVEST NOW
I can be that voice which guides you to locate the motivation required to gain traction and momentum to be accountable for an invest-able self. You need to take action right now or you'll never get around to investing in thyself. Hesitating is a sign which signifies you need to invest in yourself to make clear decisions that affect your future.
Contact me now for a discussion to make a decision about your personal development investment time.
Or, forward this to that person who would benefit from Personal Development Investment time.
Here are some links to get you going:
Last week, I worked with an amazing group of women - they were from the Not-For-Profit and Local Government sectors participating in Leadership development. Putting their sectors aside, what they concluded and what was of great interest to many was their hunger to understand how to go about accessing Mentors & Coaches for their Professional Development.
It was apparent that not much discussion or knowledge was available in their workplaces and it was their pro-activeness that drove this discussion. Here's what we discussed:
Mentors can be in the same workplace, sector, industry or can be from an entirely different industry, however, if we're discussing Leadership, it really doesn't matter where they operate or have operated - they could be retired.
Mentors can be assigned or better still, should be found or referred to you. Search someone out who you admire or someone who's recommended to you given past 'mentoring' experience.
They can be from the opposite gender which provides many benefits: gain a different perspective, leading & influencing men and women is different, get into their heads and understand how you're so different in the business world.
Be greedy and seek out several Mentors! One who has had experience with the issue you're navigating, someone in the same industry and someone who's a respected leader.
Should you pay a Mentor? Absolutely! You're tapping into a massive amount of tried and tested experience and advice. Unless it's a 'once off coffee chit chat' or a pro-bono package/arrangement then you'll definitely want to pay for this type of Professional Development.
The market is saturated with Coaches. You need to find someone who you respect and hopefully they come with recommendations and references.
A coach's skill is to guide and challenge you to find the solution you're seeking. They may have no experience with your industry, sector or goals/ideas - their craft is to get you thinking, reflecting, talking, visualizing, planning and action.
Alternatively, you can arrange and complete peer coaching or network coaching. By creating a small network of trusted allies, you can coach each other to seek out ideas and solutions.
Should you pay for a Coach? Oh yes! You're first session will be the 'trust, respect & relationship tester'. And from there your selection of the Coaching Package will determine the investment. And, that is what it is, an investment in your career.
Coaching requires discipline and accountability. If you're prepared to be answerable to yourself and a Coach and do what you've not currently doing then get a Coach.