Over and over again we are all told the importance on investing in ourselves. We’re told the importance of self care and planning for our future. We are encouraged to attended classes, take care of our health, hire life coaches, etc. These are all incredible, but what do you do when your business is just getting off the ground and finances are tight?

The misconception is that investing in yourself requires money. Yet there are so many things we can do, that don’t cost a thing!

1. Watch Inspiring Documentaries

There is nothing quite like watching/hearing someone else’s story! Seeing how someone built their empire or overcame incredible odds reminds us that we can do anything we set our mind too! With YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Video (free if you already have Amazon Prime) there are many incredible documentaries available at no additional charge.

Netflix: Zion

Born with out legs, Zion Clark overcame incredible obstacles (including growing up in the foster care system) to find his calling as a competitive wrestler. Watching this will remind you that anything is possible with the right mindset.

Amazon: Gleason

NFL player Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS at just 34. He was only given a few years to live and he set out to do just that, LIVE. This documentary is a tear jerker but is also one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever watched.

YouTube: Happy

This documentary travels around the world looking for the secret behind happiness. It will definitely leave you with a smile on your face.

2. Invite a Friend Over for Lunch

Spending time with the people you love not only improves your mood but also your outlook. You don’t have to go out for drinks or an expensive dinner. Have a friend over to your house for lunch, catch up and encourage one another.

3. Listen to an Amazing Podcast

Podcasts are my favorite! I love to listen while I work, clean and even exercise. They are a fantastic way to learn something new, change your mindset and focus yourself.

The Lively Show

This podcast covers a broad range of topics like blogging, business, wellness, motherhood, simplifying and more. She is such a positive voice in living well and listening to your intuition.

The Goal Digger Podcast

Jenna Kutcher has a podcast for dreamers and shares the heart and soul of business from that mindset. She hosts her show in a live-workshop style which not only leaves you motivated but also provides practical steps for implementing change in your life and business.

Style Your Mind

Cara Alwill Leyba is real and open about self-care and bad days. Her podcasts are usually half an hour or less and leave me feeling like I got a pep talk from one of my best girlfriends.

4. Organize Your Workspace

With few exceptions, clutter is helpful for no one. A tough day becomes even more stressful when you can’t find what you’re looking for. Take some time to create an organized place that fits your style. It doesn’t have to be an office, maybe just a corner of the kitchen or even a chair and side table. Wherever it is be sure that working in that area feel comfortable for you. Pinterest is an excellent place to find no cost decorating and organizing ideas.

5. Take an Online Course

There are thousands of incredible online courses you can take for FREE! Courses that will help you improve your business, health or mindset.

21 Critical Lesson for Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar, CEO of Docstoc, shares important lessons learned over his career. This course is comprised of 23 lectures as well as a free ebook and workbook. It’s a great opportunity to learn from a real entrepreneur!

The complete Beginner’s Instagram Course

This course will show you how to take your Instagram from 1 to 1,000 organic followers. It includes 2 hours of on demand videos and 6 articles.

Get Response Email Marketing

You will learn how to build your email list, craft the perfect message and turn clicks into sales!

6. Meditate

Meditation is an amazing way to balance yourself and restore calm. I use it to help me fall asleep. Knowing where to start can be intimidating but there are some fantastic free apps that will tell you exactly what to do like Insight Timer or Calm.

7. Read Ebooks

There are several places where you can get Ebooks for free. The Gutenberg has over 58,000 titles and requires no registration. There are also many books and magazines available for free to you if you have an Amazon Prime membership.

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines

Chip Gaines, well known star from Fixer Upper, shares the lessons he’s learned as an entrepreneur. His stories cover business and family life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey

Dr. Covey’s book is one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written. It has been utilized by CEOs, entrepreneurs and educators for the last 25 years.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K White

Decluttering expert Dana White breaks down the emotional challenges and mindsets that make it difficult to get rid of things. Her book not only approaches the “why” but gives practical application on simplifying your home and life.

8. Exercise

Taking care of your body is one of the best ways you can invest in your future. Doing this doesn’t mean you have to spend money on an expensive gym membership, if it’s not in the budget. There are endless free workout videos on YouTube for every fitness level. You can find aerobics, weight lifting, pilates, yoga, martial arts, dance and more. POPSUGAR Fitness and Fitness Blender are excellent places to get started.

9. Watch a TED Talk

TED Talks are amazing! The entire basis of the TED conferences is “ideas worth spreading” and they can be eye opening. The top people in their industries come and share what they have learned. They are often incredibly engaging and introduce ground breaking ideas.

Confessions of a Recovering Micromanager

If we know mircomanaging doesn’t work, why do we keep doing it? Chieh Huang breaks down this poor business practice and shows us how to foster innovation and happiness in the workplace.

How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground

Julia Dhar, world debate champion, shows us three ways to reshape the way we communicate with each other and develop more productive conversations.

10. Rest

This is the most important thing on the list and often the most overlooked. We are told that rest equals laziness. How many endless quotes are there about the constant grind and sacrifice required to build a business? The truth is that rest is essential to a healthy life now and in the future.

Take the time to unplug from work and commitments. Take a walk, heck take a nap! Get enough sleep at night. Yes, you have goals you are working towards but you also have a life RIGHT NOW. Enjoy it.

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