Are you getting a tax refund this year? If so, how do you plan to spend it?
A vacation? A shopping spree?
Why not invest in yourself?
Identify what your goals are and then spend part of your refund (I’m hoping you received one!) on you. Maybe you have been wanting to join a professional group. Or perhaps there is a class you want to take or a conference you want to attend.
I’ve been fortunate in my career that my employer has supported me with one conference a year. However, I’m at work on a book (with two more in the wings) and my employer is not going to pay for me to join a mystery writers’ group or attend a conference focused on authors.
That’s on me.
And because it’s important to me, I save the funds so that I can participate in the group and attend the conference.
I also pay to be part of a group of communicators who hear monthly from Michael Smart about best PR practices. Sure, I’ve been at this business a long time, but I don’t always have time to identify the next great place to pitch (hint: it’s not The New York Times). Sometimes the calls reinforce for me that I am doing the right things and that I should stay the course.
I like what Michael shared in an email about the success of two individuals who continued to learn:
“The desire for continuous learning and improvement likely contributed the MOST to those people’s success,” he shared.
If you want to keep learning and growing and succeeding, investing in yourself may be the best investment you make.