Investing in yourself is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your ministry, and your relationships. In ministry, we are often others-focused and all about building teams and equipping leaders. So the thought of investing in yourself and your success can feel selfish, but by investing in yourself, you will be able to be the best version of yourself which will affect everything you do and every relationship in your life. In my life margin series, I wrote an article about 3 areas that you can begin investing in. You can read that here.
There are countless ways you can begin investing in yourself this year, and it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin. I recommend starting small then working your way up. It could be as simple as taking a course to learn something new within your field. Or starting a new workout routine. Here are my top 3 ways I encourage you to invest in this year for optimal growth, and success:

  1. Read one book a month (12 a year)

Write down 12 books you’d like to read this year, but make sure they are all on different topics. It’s easy to gravitate towards topics you already are experienced in, but try reading books on topics you normally wouldn’t grab from a variety of authors + different topics.
  1. Hire a coach

This is not just a shameless plug. Whether you work with our team, or someone else, hiring a coach is one of the best things you could do for your life. A coach will help you accomplish your goals, hold you accountable, and walk you through every step to get there. A coach is someone who has an unbiased opinion who should be outside of your ministry and circle. They are a safe place to process, and they have no hidden agenda for your life. If you’d like to learn more about coaching, you can read more here.
  1. Take care of your emotional health

We are under more stress than at any other time in history. We’re taking in more information daily than our grandparents most likely consumed in a year. Between the constant demands of life, covid, the divide in our country, and the weight of being a high capacity leader, we’ve got a lot to handle. Stewarding your emotional health is not an option. It is a necessity if you want to make it for the long haul. Invest in your emotional health by journaling, processing, picking up a hobby, practicing silence and solitude, honoring the sabbath, exercising, and being filled up with the word of God.
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