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The Best Place to Invest 3% of Your Income

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 9:15 PM

If you aren't learning, you aren't growing. To be more, do more, and have more in life, you'll want to invest in your personal development.

Personal development covers activities that improve your awareness, your identity, your talents, and potential. You'll build your skill sets which further your career and enhance the quality of your life. Personal development supports you in realizing your dreams and aspirations.

Many of these activities include style and personal appearance, your career, and your relationships. Sometimes they can even be specific like becoming a better speaker, writer, or marketer. The idea here is to invest in yourself by learning from others who've been where you're trying to go.

It's best to invest 3% of your income to become better in any area of your life that reflects your potential. Of course, you can invest more, but 3% is a great start. If right now you're making $40,000 a year, that's $1,200 a year or $100 a month you can invest learning and growing.

There are lots of ways to invest in your personal growth. Of course, you can find free articles online covering a variety of topics. If you have $100 to spend on your personal growth each month, you can buy books from your favorite mentors. You can also attend workshops and seminars + listen to audios in your car.

Over time, you'll notice a trend as you begin to invest in yourself. The quality of your life will begin to improve. The benefits can be tangible like a salary increase or intangible like more confidence. And at times, you'll experience both: a salary increase + more confidence.

As your income improves, you can work with a coach. A coach will guide you step-by-step toward becoming your best and most amazing self.

There are three areas I feel a coach can be most beneficial to your personal development:

1) Personal Style (Personal Brand)

55% of all communication is visual, so how you show up matters. I don't think this is something you should leave to chance. You don't have control over how others perceive you, but you do have control over how you see yourself. Matter of fact, it's the only thing you have full control over.

As you grow, It won't be enough to buy clothes because you think they're cute. When you're ready to elevate your game and take your life to the next level, you need a wardrobe strategy. What are your image goals? Where do you see yourself 5-10 years from now and does your current style and image line up with where you want to go? What sort of impression do you want to make on others? How do you want others to see you? 


You might not think it matters, but it does. A Style Coach can help you look for blind spots in your image. Are you wearing your most flattering colors? Could you use a fresh, modern and more up to date look? Do your clothes reflect the woman you are today? Do your clothes model self-respect? Are you expressing yourself in the best way?


As you grow and evolve, Invest 3% of your income each year toward your personal style and image development. The benefits: more confidence and a higher self-esteem.


2) Your Career


Gone are the days when you could go to sleep on your career or put it in someone else's hands. You're the CEO of your career now. If you haven't heard, things are changing fast.


We're all entrepreneurs now. We're all consultants. You're the boss of you.


Take a look at your current skill-sets. Are they current and up to date? Are you up to date on the latest software technology in your industry and field? How's your personal brand online? Does it need an uplift? Does your resume need a makeover?


Our careers are in our hands, but we don't have to go at it alone. A career or business coach can help guide you in the direction you want to go. Like a style coach, a career coach will help you set clear SMART goals and priorities.

Are you in transition and wish to transfer your skills but not sure how? Ready to step up into an executive level? Or maybe you're ready to stretch your entrepreneurial muscles. A career coach can help you outline a path and connect the dots of your past, to your present and future.

A 3% investment of your income toward your career can definitely propel you + your life forward.

3) Your Relationships


Relationships are important because no one is an island. We all need others to get things done. But the type of relationships you want to develop depend on where you are in your life. If you're single and back in the dating scene, there are dating coaches.


Dating coaches help you shift your perspective and gain confidence with the opposite sex. They also help you raise your standards. Some help with your online dating profile; what pictures to have up and what to say in your profile.


Parent coaches are available for parents seeking a better relationship with their children. There are marriage coaches, sex coaches, relationship coaches, intimacy coaches. You name it, there's a coach for it. Unlike therapist who dig into your past, coaches help you focus on what you want for the future.

The best place to invest 3% of your income is in yourself. It's a return that pays many times over. The key is to invest in the things and people that resonate with who you are and where you want to go.


Don't seek out a perfect teacher, mentor coach. Look for one who's authentic and genuine and has gained mastery in an area you want to improve.


COMMENT BELOW: Have you ever worked with a coach? What was your experience like? What other areas of personal development would you suggest someone invest in to grow and be better?

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