We typically only think about investing as it applies to money, but it can applied to every aspect of our lives.
Let’s think about it in a personal way.
We all have desires for things we want, and avoidance of things we don’t want.
We all want to be happy. We want to be healthy, wealthy, respected, resilient to stress, successful and so on. Now, what the word ‘happy’ or ‘healthy’ can have different meanings to each of us, but we all want our version of it.
And we all want to avoid the antithesis of these things. I’ve never met anyone who actively wanted to be miserable, or sick, or broke, or a failure.
That being said, it is far too easy to fall into the trap of investing in the wrong things that lead us to these anti-lifestyles. Usually without us even knowing that we are doing it!
If we are not actively investing in the right things, we are potentially investing in the wrong things by default.
Are you investing in your own failure? Unhappiness? Your own poverty?
Are you investing in despair? You are if you’re doing things you don’t want to do, if you are compromising who you are, if you are overwhelmingly stressed, and if you treating yourself badly (For example, negative self talk, isolating yourself, or numbing problems with food or other things that provide quick relief and distraction.)
No. That’s not who I want to be.
We must invest in the right things.
Happiness. Health. Wealth. Belonging.
What takes priority in your life is up to you.
What’s amazing about investing in positive things, is it doesn’t take much. Just a little each day. A step towards wealth instead of poor, happiness instead of unhappiness.
And soon you won’t believe how positive the effects can be on your life.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #536
‘For the first time in my life, I’ve stopped caring about money. I ceded control and just let it ride. I’m working more than I ever have for relatively little but it doesn’t bother me. It will all work itself out in the end. I’m investing in my happiness instead of some arbitrary number.’ — Ryan Holiday, early blog in his career