I’ve shared plenty of advice about pure financial strategy – investing, earning money, creating sales, crushing debt – but there are some seemingly unrelated moves you can make to tighten things up that will have a massive impact on your financial fitness. I’m going to share four areas that you need to work on that won’t seem obvious to you, but have big long-term and short-term effects.
The first thing is to focus on having a healthy, fit body. When you don’t feel good physically, you don’t perform at your best mentally. Additionally, people are drawn to those who look like they take care of themselves and are more likely to do business with them. Remember the adage, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” How you take care of yourself reflects how you run your business.
Another seemingly unrelated area to work on is your mental fitness. People who take care of their mental health – who take the time to meditate, read, listen to podcasts, and protect themselves from negative propaganda – are the people who show up at their best when it matters most. If you’re not taking care of yourself mentally, you’re not going to feel your best.
It’s also vital that you maintain your relationships. The wrong relationships are time-consuming, give bad advice, or even, counter-intuitively, too much good advice that throws you off track. And there are those who will accidentally sabotage you by inviting you out or teasing you about cutting back. They mean well, but ultimately can pull you away from your financial goals.
Finally, you need to run a fit schedule. Your schedule needs to be built around routine and consistency. It makes everything easier. You are better off making small, incremental improvements than you are making massive leaps in one day, only to fall back down the next. That only comes when you have your schedule tightened up.
If you do these four things, your path to hitting your financial goals will be exponentially faster, easier, and happier.