The following is a guest post from Martin of Studenomics, where he helps you have some fun while saving a buck or two. Please contact me if you would like to guest post on RFI. I will be over at Make Money Your Way talking about how to make money with your garden.
We all want to look great and have money in the bank. Nobody thinks about being broke and out of shape. Life just sort of happens. We get busy, we put our goals on the backburner, and we never grab control. Our jobs take most of our energy, we get into bad spending habits, and we find ourselves not happy with where we are. I don’t want this to happen to you.
This is why I wanted to write about the importance of building wealth and muscle at the same time. I also wanted to share just how easy it is. Anyone can do both. The goal isn’t to be a millionaire with no body fat. The goal is to improve a little each day.
What can help you build muscle and wealth at the same time?
Never miss a workout.
Richard Branson has gone on record to say that working out is responsible for his increase in productivity. Whenever anyone asks him about productivity, he tells them to workout.
If a billionaire has time to workout, what’s your excuse? Especially one that’s so much older than all of us.
You should never ever miss a workout. Consistency is key. You need to become better at building habits and committing to things. Once you start missing workouts, this can transcend into other areas of your life.
If you want to get extreme here on both ends, you can ditch a gym membership and treat the world as your gym. All that I suggest is that you create a workout plan that you will stick to. This alone, will help you feel better and be in control of your life.
Cook some of your meals.
If you’re like me (young and single), there’s no chance that you’re going to cook every single meal. It just won’t happen. This is why I suggest that you start off by cooking some of your meals. This will save you money and help you control what goes into your food.
I don’t want to get into conspiracy theories here, but the further away your meal is from your own kitchen, the less control you have over the food and the ingredients used. I want you to grab control of what you need.
You’ll also find that cooking provides you with a sense of clarity. When I’m mentally exhausted, I like to hit to the grocery store to load up on food. I then play some music, invite some friends, and get a nice meal going. Sadly, most of my meals are a chicken and broccoli recipe that I stole from an ex-girlfriend. One day, I’ll learn to cook something more exotic.
Be accountable for everything.
Please never ever blame anybody for your problems. It is all on you. You’re responsible for everything. Once you start feeling sorry for yourself or start blaming the world for your problems, you’ll lose control. It’s difficult to get that control back. Don’t lose it in the first place.
Your finances and your health are YOUR problem. Nobody will ever care about your health or your bank account as much as you do. Remember that.
Hold yourself accountable.
Improve a little every single day.
You won’t stop eating junk food overnight. You likely will never stop eating junk food. So don’t lie to yourself by thinking that you’re going to rid yourself of junk food forever.
This same theory also applies to your wealth. You will always have moments of weakness! I bought a laptop in Budapest without putting much thought into it.
We all spend money foolishly. We all eat junk food. The trick is to improve slowly.
It’s okay to plan cheat days. There are days where I don’t care about money at all. I put some extra money aside and I do whatever I want with it (usually buy beers). These are also coincidentally my cheat days where I eat whatever I want (pizza).
As long as you’re improving a little bit at a time, you’re on the right track.
That’s how you can build your wealth and muscles at the same time. I would love to answer any questions that you have on either topic.
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