Have you ever been in a gym? If you did, you probably notice that muscle guy or hot chick doing their training session. They seem perfectly in control and it looks so easy for them. All the movements are right and the synchronization is perfect. They are in top shape! Have you ever taken a walk in a prestigious neighborhood?
You probably notice that rich kid or the retiree golfing in their backyard. They seem to be in their bubble and driving a Porche has never felt so natural for them. Their wallet is in to shape!
Based on this premise, I realized that saving money and working-out has several things in common. At one point, a combination of both actions might even become a miraculous solution.
It is hard to start and definitely annoying
Beside the exception, most people hate not spending money and hate even more going on a treadmill! We all wish to have more money in our pocket and we also all wish to have a perfect body (or at least losing the beer belly!). The problem is that we need to convince ourselves that saving and working-out is better over the long run.
Both produce long term result
Have you ever try going to the gym 5 times in a week and then stop? Well if you ever do it, your effort won’t even produce result for a week! It’s the same thing for saving. If you don’t systematically save money, your effort will shortly be annihilated by the first unexpected expense. However, it seems that the power of compounding interest applies not only to your investments but also to your shape! If you grow your muscles, they will burn calories for you when you sleep. If you grow your investment portfolio, it will produce income when you sleep!
It requires effort, time and consistency
The only key to be successful both with your finance and your body is to put in efforts, time and consistency in your routine. By doing your lunch every day and making your own coffee instead of buying a latte, you will probably save $5000 in a year. By going to the gym 3 times a week, for an hour and a half, you will certainly loose weight and look better. Stop thinking about it and start acting!
The more you do it, the more you get rid of your old habit
I noticed that after what I call the “painful period”, you actually start enjoying saving money or working out and your urge to spend money or to eat ice cream with chocolate bar piece inside slows down. After a while, you don’t even think about it.
It’s also easy to forget and let go
Once you mastered your envy, you may think that you are out of trouble. YOU ARE NOT! Spending and eating out are like gambling problems. You are a spender until the very last day of your life. This is why it is so important to fix goal and to keep up your good habits.
Tomorrow, I’m going back to the gym and I am starting to become frugal again!
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