“You will invest your life in something or you will throw it away on nothing.” Haddon Robinson
Everyone invests in something. If it holds significance or importance, to you, it is worth investing in. Do you know what you are investing in? Ask yourself: “What do I spend my time, energy and money on?” Work that one out and you will have an answer.
Here’s my analysis of my investment.
Time: I spend a lot of time on personal development; reading blogs; reading books; watching and learning from others who I see as great leaders; listening to audios. John.C.Maxwell advocates spending time everyday on developing yourself. I’m getting into the habit! I also spend time with my husband. I want to invest in my marriage and family. And I spend time in community, because I know that without it I will not grow and be challenged.
Energy: It takes energy to learn. It takes energy to interact with my family. It takes energy being in community and I get back as much as I put in. It takes energy to say “No” and set boundaries to ensure that I don’t get swamped doing things that are not important to me. What about you?
Money: Take a look at your bank statement. That will give you a good idea about what is important to you. If it’s like mine, the first thing I invest in is living – my largest monetary outgoing is on living (rent, tax, food, car, fuel, utilities). But what comes after that? Here’s my list.
- My Faith Community
It is a wise practice to evaluate these three things on a regular basis.
So what’s your next step? Do you agree?
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