Want to lost 20 pounds this year? Looking to launch your small business idea? There are tons of free and dirt cheap resources to help you with any goal under the sun. It makes you wonder why anyone would spend money on personal development. I can think of five solid reasons you should invest in you.
You’ll also want to check out my ideas on how to find the money to invest in your personal development.
When You Pay, You Pay Attention
How many of us have downloaded a free ebook that we never read? Or signed up for a free seminar and forgot to show up?
It doesn’t matter how valuable the book or course is, if you’ve got no skin in the game you just don’t take it as seriously.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Give up your hard earned cash. You’ll double your chances of finishing the book, attending the class, and demanding that you get your money’s worth.
You’re More Likely to Take Action
Our best ideas are often DOA–dead on analysis. We get excited. We load up on information. Soon we’ve got analysis paralysis–that sad condition where we overthink something, never taking action towards the goal.
You’ll never live a life of passion and purpose if you’re trapped inside your own head. If your inaction were to cost you money, you’d find a way to get out of the examination stage and into the action stage.
Whatever your aspirations, find a way to financially invest towards your goal on a regular basis. If you’re an aspiring freelance writer, join a writer community like the Freelance Writer’s Den which offers a ton of resources for a low monthly fee.
Feeling inspired to be a better spouse? Invest in a series of marriage and family classes, date nights, and if needed, family counseling sessions.
Make Connections with Experts
I feel sorry for celebrities. We–as a culture, not you and me–judge them, exalt them, love them, hate them, champion them, bash them and just plain think we own them. It’s like they’re objects to be downloaded, viewed, used and discarded until they put out another movie. Release a hit record. Make the game-winning goal.
Purchasing a product does not give you ownership rights to another human being. What it does in the personal development realm is give you a chance to meaningfully connect with experts.
If your Udemy course sparked a few questions, e-mail the facilitator. Feeling pumped after your Zumba class? Hit up the instructor for some bonus tips.
When you’ve made a purchase, you’ve earned a certain amount of standing with the content provider. Don’t be shy. Don’t be pushy. Do make the connection.
Find People On the Same Journey
You can’t expect everyone to understand your dream. The goal you’re most passionate about might seem senseless to the most important people in your life. You need to find a community of like-minded people–a paying community.
What difference does it make if the community has to pay to play?
When people have to pay for membership they tend to:
- Be more engaged
- Demand better content, services and amenities
- Be more passionate about reaching their goals
Don’t be afraid to dip your toe into an online membership site or an offline organization. If they’re not the right fit, take your self-help dollars elsewhere.
It’s Not All About You
Buying a 99-cent self-help book on Amazon is easy. Shelling out “real” money for a career coach or a parenting workshop isn’t so simple. Real money pinches. Whether your pinch point is $10, $100, or $1,000, you feel those dollars as they leap from your pocket into someone else’s.
Bills must be paid. Children fed. People around the world are in need. Spending real money on your own self-improvement seems indulgent, maybe even irresponsible.
A mom gets a weekly manicure and massage to manage her stress. Not irresponsible, but let’s not call this self-improvement.
A mom takes a healthy cooking class and learns to make better meals for her three boys. Doesn’t sound irresponsible to me.
When you wisely invest in your own improvement, it doesn’t just impact your life. You improve the lives of others around you. Fortunately you don’t have to skip your bills, starve the kiddos or ignore our hurting world to do it.
“Pathfinders: Do you find it challenging to spend money on personal development? At what point does it start to feel like you’re spending real money?”