Personal growth

Investing in our inner selves

I remember once hearing the idea that we should invest as much time, energy, and money in our inner selves as we do our outer selves. Think about that for a moment. How much time and money do you spend monthly on new clothes, haircuts and coloring, manicures, pedicures, waxes, makeup, perfumes, etc.? Maybe less now in the current economic climate than you used to, but I’m willing to bet there are certain things you aren’t willing to give up. As someone who strives to live a simple, inwardly rich life, I’m almost embarrassed to admit how long it takes me to get ready in the morning, or that if I have a bad hair day, it affects how I feel about myself for the rest of the day. How much more successful would we be in our careers, relationships, and personal conduct if we put as much effort into our inner selves as we do on our outward appearances?

I recently moved into a new apartment, and now I have a half-hour commute to work. At first I was dreading it, but then I realized I could use the time to listen to self-improvement programs. Personal growth and positive psychology are some of my favorite subjects to learn about, and what better way to expand my knowledge than to take advantage of the extra time I now have in the car? I’m fortunate enough that I work for a company where I have almost unlimited access to these types of programs, but you can always check them out at your local library.

What are some areas in your life where you could improve? Have you ever wished you were more assertive, outgoing, or patient? Could you manage your time or your finances better? There is always room for improvement! Pick one area and resolve to work on it this month. If audio programs aren’t your thing, find a book or a Web site that can help and start reading!

And just for the record, I’m counting exercise and massage as both inner and outer improvement, because I believe they are good for the soul. 🙂



  1. I never thought I would say this, but hopefully when I move I’ll have a longer commute so I can listen to audio books.

  2. Thank you for the inspiration!

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