Here's something that you may or may not have realised:
Most personal finance bloggers seem to be rather fit.
A large chunk of PF bloggers that I follow seem to share a common trait among them - fitness.
Jason from DividendMantra places a lot of emphasis on physical fitness, Karen from MakinTheBacon is a personal trainer (doubling up as a side hustle), GenYFinanceGuy is on a P90X system, and bodybuilding is certainly not foreign to Jon The Saver from FreeMoneyWisdom.
I will not be shy and say that I, too, enjoy lifting those dumb metal rings. In fact, it's one of my passions.
If I were to deconstruct this commonality between us and peer deeper into the relationship between personal finance and fitness, it boils down to the mindset that is essentially the building blocks of progress.
If you're a fitness enthusiast, you'll know the fundamental rules:
To lose weight & gain healthy muscle mass, stop binging and increase the intensity of your workout. To know that you're improving, constantly measure your progress. Discipline is key.
If you're a personal finance buff, you'll also know that the same fundamental rules apply:
To be wealthy, stop spending money on unnecessary items and increase your ability to earn more. To know that you're making progress, constantly measure your progress. Discipline is key.
Because fitness and money go hand in hand, a person who excels in personal fitness tends to also excel in personal finance, vice versa.
But here's the best part, having a life anchor like bodybuilding can in fact help you to save money.
When I'm having a shitty day, I fall back on my anchor. Instead of splurging my money on something that I'll regret later to make me feel better (btw, a lot of us do this. Oh, and they have a term for it, 'retail therapy' or something like that), I head down to the gym, release all that anger & frustration in that box.
My anchor also tells me that progress does not come overnight. In fact, it's a gradual process; every rep compounded over months or years add up to the body that you're trying to build. The same principles can be applied to building a freedom fund.
Having a disciplined anchor like bodybuilding also helps me to stay committed to my goals. In other words, it helps me to stay away from the occasional beer parties, keg stands and shenanigans that most white collar rats indulge in as a form of escapism after work.
And all this contributes to my freedom in the long run because staying committed to my goals ensures that I'm knocking down every door of failure. Because behind those doors are opportunities.
Opportunities to freedom.
"Opportunities don't come knocking on the door. They present themselves when you knock the fucking door down" - Greg Plitt