Health and Wealth
There are similarities between your health and your wealth. People generally fear making drastic changes. If you believe you must make drastic changes to your lifestyle to improve your health and wealth, you may ‘freeze’ and just do nothing. In both the health and wealth areas, there is a lot of technical jargon to understand.
Changing behavior in either health or finances can be hard work, but small steps taken to accomplish goals are often successful over the long term. Personal traits can help you be successful. A positive mental attitude and willingness to make changes is essential to achieving goals.
The ‘good news’ is that people who practice healthy behaviors decrease their risk of dying prematurely. What may be ‘bad news’ for healthy people is that they need to accumulate adequate wealth so that they do not outlive their assets.
Looking at established measurements of health and wealth can help you answer the question of how you are really doing. It can serve as a ‘wake up call’ if you fall short on recommended measures.
Breaking down large goals into smaller, more easily attainable goals helps you slowly move toward your goals. This promotes a healthy attitude about behavior change. Setting realistic and attainable goals can help you successfully achieve them by making small progress steps each day. Achieving smaller goals gives you positive feedback and is motivating.
Balancing resources and consumption is very important. The more food we eat, the more calories we have to use in order to maintain energy balance. Spending more than our income reduces net worth. Balance is achieved by reducing expenses so we do not spend more than we make, and/or making more money so we can spend more.