You don’t make enough money.
Shocked? Probably not. Most people believe they don’t make enough money. But the truth isn’t that you don’t make enough money. The truth is that you’re living with another problem altogether. Let’s look at Jane. Jane’s paycheck is quite a bit larger than yours, and yet you can’t figure out why. She’s been at your company as long as you have, and isn’t the boss’ niece (like you!).
So why is Jane making more? It’s easy. Jane is healthier.
You may scoff, but a new study shows that Jane is making 6-10% more than you, or anyone else who doesn’t, because she works out. Obviously, going to the gym won’t change your paycheck overnight, but the results of consistent working out will.
The recent Cleveland University study clearly showed that working out three times per week can help you earn as much as $320 more per month. The study indicates that intelligence, positivity, and energy are all enhanced by exercise, and each of these is a determining factor in elevating productivity and personal creativity.
Sounds simple enough, but working out requires change, which isn’t so easy.
You’re Not Fit
You’ve joined the gym before. But because it didn’t have that magic effect on your health and life, you tossed it in the can, then left it there while you kicked back in your recliner and streamed bad sitcoms from Netflix (or whatever it is you do. You have your vices, I have mine!).
Whatever you did, the thought of “torturing” yourself at the gym wasn’t something you were willing to continue. After all, exercise isn’t for everyone.
Working Out Is Too Much Work
You gave up because you didn’t like sweating, or you didn’t like exerting more energy than necessary to get you from the fridge to the couch. Or maybe you didn’t enjoy it. That’s okay, too. But it does mean you’re more likely to stay exactly where you are. And that Jane’s check will continue to grow faster yours.
Jane will continue to earn more because she is willing to work harder, even if it isn’t at the office.
Keep in mind, it’s not the exercise that earns you more, it’s the improvement in your focus, and the energy you generate for yourself. It’s your ability to manage your stress and stay healthier.
These factors coalesce to help you think more creatively, work smarter, and stay on the job (instead of out sick), which all add up to making you a more productive, valuable player in your industry. And the more valuable you are, the more you will ultimately earn.
So maybe it’s time to step away from the thinking that working out is about sweating and expending more energy than you have.
Re-frame Your Thinking
See being fit as a way to pull yourself free from your current earning rut – a chance to better the quality of your life and elevate your income.
Take a moment to think about how you felt while working out. Not about sweating or being tired afterward, but about how your body felt as you moved through the motions of your routine.
Endorphins give you pleasure, and pleasure is part of a better life. If you don’t remember what that felt like, then perhaps it’s time to rediscover that feeling.
Find A Solution You Can Live With
By finding your fitness sweet (not sweat) spot, you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Think of an activity that energizes you and one that you actually enjoy.
Do you like walking? Or perhaps you would prefer dancing? Do maybe jumping rope? What about power cleaning the house?
Make a list of all the many fun movement activities you enjoy enough to do often, then narrow your list to your seven favorites. Now take that list and assign each activity to a day. Making Monday number one on your list. Tuesday belongs to number 2. And so on. This way, you’ll mix up your fitness routines and are less likely to get bored.
Set up a journal for your workouts, then record how you felt once you finished. On days when you want to skip doing something active, go to your journal and re-read some of your entries to motivate yourself.
Stay on the fitness path for a minimum of a month and you’ll form a habit you’ll be able to stay with.
Do you believe that a few hours a week at the gym could both help you feel better, and improve your bottom line?