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This Monday Message appeared on Dec 19 2020

Proactive Habits That Pay Off Exponentially

  1. Self investing is the foundation of long-term wealth

Investing in yourself is a long-term process.

You probably will not reap the benefits immediately. But guess what knowledge compounds and helps you make even better decisions about your future.

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it is holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”

– Steven Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

You can invest in yourself by learning how to build something of value to a lot of people, learning a skill that makes you indispensable in the future, or by reading selected books on specific topics you care about.

  1. Reading is pretty much guaranteed to make you smarter over time

Reading puts your brain to work. And it can also help you get ahead in life. Successful people are drawn to great books for an exceptionally good reason.

Your brain on books is active — growing, changing, and making new connections and different patterns.

Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.

Read to improve yourself and for pleasure. It is one of the best ways to wind down after a long and busy day. And reading can even reduce stress and boost emotional intelligence, according to

Try reading for 15–20 minutes in the morning before work. You will be surprised at how much more focused you are once you start working.

  1. Make time for your side hustle — your long-term happiness depends on it

Most people skip their side hustles because they too busy to make time for something that can bring out the best in them.

The daily grind can easily overshadow passion projects like writing a book, starting a blog, learning a new skill, starting an online business, creating art, painting, learning an instrument, designing, learning to code, etc.

The secret about a side hustle, passion project, personal project is that even if you don’t make any money from it in the end, you will enjoy the process, especially if it’s something you deeply care about.

Side hustles can make you a better person — if your actual work stresses you out, get a personal project. Something you will enjoy doing. You will be happier in the long-term.

Prioritising your side hustle is key to living a balanced life. Pursuing side projects is also a great opportunity to learn new things.

  1. Movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound on your health

Walking has immense health benefits. Your future self will be in a lot better health if you embrace an active lifestyle today.

Our health naturally declines if we do nothing to protect yourselves. However, if you intervene early, you can slow the body’s deterioration process — it is easier to protect a healthy body and brain than to try to repair the damage.

Exercise can reshape the ageing process. Any form of movement doesn’t just strengthen your muscles, it can also slow memory loss, increase brain volume, and the quality of connections between neurons. Using the brain during and after exercise triggers enhanced neuron survival.

A wealth of studies in the past decade underscored that even gentle exercise is good for your body, brain, and mental health. Exercise is also emerging as a promising way to overcome depression.

When you stop moving for extended periods of time, it is like telling your body it is time to shut down. The less sitting you do during the day, the better your chances of living a healthy life.

Long-term thinking is hard and requires active planning. The good news is long-lasting behaviours pay off exponentially. You will not regret it.