When was the last time you spent some time thinking about the person you’re going to become? No, not that one dream where you live on a yacht and spend long weekends idly sailing around tropical islands (or sipping espresso in Paris, if that’s more your style). I’m talking about that You a few years -or decades- down the track. Are you fit? Financially comfortable? Enjoying life?
If you’re anything like me, you just shrugged and thought ‘I’ll be rich, healthy, and living the career of my dreams, obviously’. I mean, this is clearly where I’m going to end up, one day. It’s probably going to all magically appear on the same day my house remains spotlessly tidy and I actually manage to get out of bed before my alarm, but it’s still going to happen – right?
You might not be any closer to that dream Pinterest-worthy house than I am, but taking the time to invest in an achievable version of that Future You now can make all the difference in the long run (and trust me, your future self will thank you for it)
Invest in your mind
I love meditation (I just don’t always like doing it).
Seriously, I swear by the benefits of a daily meditation habit but do you think that helps me to make time for it? But I know that when I’m practicing regularly, I feel calmer, more focused, and more refreshed by a brief meditation than I would be by a nap. I use Headspace because of the variety it offers (and the fact that you can track run-streaks), but you may prefer something like Tide or Calm
…and don’t forget your body
No, not to get that bikini bod, or a booty that just won’t quit.
Invest in your body, because it’s the only one you’re gonna get. Feed it well, water it regularly, make sure it gets stretched and challenged in more or less the right amounts. You don’t need to fork out for a gym membership for any of this – when was the last time you touched your toes?
Think about who you want to be
And work towards it. Believe in yourself enough to invest in your future self. Take time to learn skills that will help you get ahead in your career. Invest in a cooking class if that’s what makes you happy. Learn to do something just because you love it. If you’ve ever caught yourself staring at something and thinking I wish I could do that – then do it. Because your future self is worth it.
And how you’re going to pay for everything
Either you’re like me, and money matters fall into the ‘Just do it because you love it’ category, or they’re in the ‘do it because your future self needs you to’ pile. Either way, look after your money matters.
If you can’t trust yourself not to blow the budget using a credit card, cut it up. Struggling with debt? Make a plan to pay it off. And if you’re in a country like Australia that has a Superannuation system, roll your accounts together to make sure you’re not paying any more than you have to!
Take a moment to work out where you want to be financially in the next five, ten, twenty years, and then take the steps to get there. If you don’t know how, ask someone. Life’s too short to be wishing you had handled your money better, and one day it’s going to be too late for you to start over.
Just remember, the most precious resource we have is Time- and right now you’ve got more of it than you’re ever going to have again. Go and make the most of it!