7 Reasons Why Investing in Yourself & Personal Growth is Not Selfish

When you invest in yourself and your personal growth, you enhance your life by taking responsibility of your future and happiness.

What is Personal Development or Personal Growth?

Personal growth or personal development involves self-reflecting and identifying areas of improvement in your life, which can then enhance all aspects of your life for you to become more effective.  

Since I started my personal development journey, I have invested so much time and money into myself and it has made a tremendous difference in my life.

Although you can spend a lot of money on yourself, it is unnecessary.

In this article, I will share my best tips on why you should invest in your personal development so you can dream it, and have the mindset to help you achieve those dreams.

Here at social work haven, we are all about dreaming, believing and achieving the dream goal.

7 Reasons Why Investing in Yourself and Personal Growth is Not Selfish

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Why Should You Invest in Your Personal Growth?

When you invest in yourself, you are likely to see the results from investing your time or money to enrich an identified area in your life.

You become more confident and knowledgeable and your personal development skills will be enhanced.

Overall, it can help you set goals and reach your full potential.

For example, I once enrolled on a Practice Educator training course.

I invested both time and money to help me gain useful skills and knowledge which I can now use to support student social workers on placements.

The training also helped improve my confidence, communication skills, interpersonal skills, work ethics, organisation and problem-solving skills.

How can you improve your personal growth or personal development?

Have a morning routine

Morning routineHaving a morning routine would help transform your entire day. To implement this, try waking up 20 minutes earlier and focus on starting your day with intention.

With time, you will be able to wake up much earlier and have enough time to work on other time-consuming tasks aimed at your personal development.

For instance, if your passion is writing, you can start on your own eBook!

Alternatively, you can identify an area in your life that you would like to improve on and read relevant books to enhance your skills and knowledge.

The following are some of my favourite things to do in the morning as part of my miracle morning routine.

Affirmations–‘I am’ affirmations help me feel better about who I am

Exercise–I work out for 15 minutes to help boost my energy to tackle tasks during the day.

Meditate–I follow guided meditation by Calm or Headspace

Read–I read a chapter of an inspiring book.

Visualisation–I spend 10 minutes visualising my ultimate life

Find a mentor

With so much information available on the internet, one would think there is no need for a mentor, however, with a mentor, you will have someone who is more experienced and willing to take you under their wing.

It has been proven to be the fastest path towards learning.

I believe every single person needs a mentor or a coach and even coaches need coaching!

I offer free coaching on CV writing and support with interview preparation. Check out my coaching services page.

Enrol on an online course

personal growthThere are so many courses online that can help you improve your skills and knowledge.

BUT, first, identify where you lack the skills and take on free online courses to familiarise yourself with that topic area.

Once you have completed this, you can explore paid options as these are more detailed and provide you with more resources.

I have enjoyed learning about myself and my abilities through online courses.

Remember to take action now!

Taking action and going outside your own comfort zone is growth, and from this growth comes results which can enrich your life.

Engage with positive people

A positive person is optimistic, sees the good in life, joy in simple things, is content and understands that even though things may not be under their control, they can still provide empowering perspectives.

Your worth is enhanced when you surround yourself with positive people. They will add value to your life and elevate your mood.

By committing to meaningful and lasting relationships with positive people, your life is enriched and you can determine what is important to you, desirable, and worthwhile.

Create a reward system for yourself

personal growth skillsYou are your biggest cheerleader! Being able to set goals and see it through is an enormous achievement. Once you set action plans around your personal development and complete these, reward yourself for a job well done.

Measure your progress

Keeping track and measuring your progress is the only way you will know whether you are moving in the right direction.

I measure my personal development progress using Excel spreadsheets and by testing out the new knowledge and skills I have gained daily.

Practice self-care and self-love

how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you” — Rupi Kaur

Self-care and self-love can mean a lot of different things to people.

However, implementing a self-care or self-love routine is a wonderful way to invest in yourself. Checkout my article on 57 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-love.

It’s a way to make sure you’re feeling good while taking care of your mind, body, and soul.

Some things you can do to practice daily self-care and self-love:

  • Dancing to your favourite music
  • Eating a balanced diet daily
  • Going for a walk daily
  • Regular exercising
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Affirmations
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • A date with yourself
  • Maintaining good personal hygiene


Consistency is key in personal growth or personal development. However, it does not happen overnight and has to be done deliberately.

When you are consistent, it will create meaningful change, and eventually those changes will become a lifestyle.

Investing in yourself is not selfish!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. 

What’s the one personal growth tip you will try out today?

Let me know in the comments.



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2 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why Investing in Yourself & Personal Growth is Not Selfish”

  1. Hey,

    This is a very important article. I am a HUGE advocate of personal growth, I actually promote and talk about personal growth on a daily basis. It is so important that we work on ourselves every single day so we can be the most valuable person we can be. When we become more valuable, we are then able to offer more value to others. Whether that be in leadership, coaching, work, job etc.

    When we focus on our strengths and make them as strong as they can be, we are can offer them the world.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,



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