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Are you tired of working so hard? Here's an idea.

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

How hard do you work?


You probably just said “really hard!”

And I believe you. Hard work is tremendously valued in our culture. And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably incessantly asking, “But am I working on the right things?” That’s a much harder question to answer. You may already know that I spent 12 years as a fitness trainer. During that time I learned a lot about human behavior and the concept of efficient work. There are certain innate traits you have to possess—a stick-to-it-tiveness that you need to get results.

See, the problem is not that folks don’t work HARD. The problem is they may be doing the WRONG work. Here’s an example… I'm sure you know someone who picked up some form of exercise or diet and then dropped it. Maybe they got results, maybe they didn’t. And if they did…did they sustain it? The answer is usually NO. Why is that? They didn’t work hard?? The sweat would indicate otherwise.



Check out this example.


Look at the difference in these two workouts of mine.


(I’m combatting Dadbod right now, so I’m trying to do workouts that maximize fat burn.)


Workout 1 I went for a run and spent the bulk of my time in the cardio zone. But NO WEIGHTS. 57 minutes. 


Workout 2 CrossFit Style workout with Clean and Jerks (weights) and a 5-pound jump rope. 32 minutes. 


In Workout 1, I spent 57 minutes actually moving my body and my fat burn lasted 1hr 45 minutes.


In Workout 2, I moved my body for 32 minutes and my fat burn lasted 3 hours and 7 minutes.


Let’s do the math.


Workout 2 was 44% (25min) SHORTER and the fat burn lasted 44% (82 min) LONGER.


What’s the point?


One workout is "better" than the other?


No.


For the results I wanted, one type of workout was better than another.

So how does this look financially?



Working hard financially looks like:

  • Budgeting

  • Saving

  • Paying bills

OR….Trying to pick the right stocks during the day while you’re at work because you know it’s important to invest, but secretly not sure if what you’re doing is going to get you burned or not.


…. I got you there.. Didn’t I? :)

See, anyone can work hard, but working efficiently is where you need the help of an experienced professional—a financial “fitness coach” if you will. 


Efficient Work

  • Paying attention to the metrics that drive the biggest results with the least amount of work

  • Delegating responsibilities outside your scope to a trusted professional

  • Making decisions but not spending time aggregating and hunting for data

Maybe you’re an entrepreneur, or in sales, or in charge of major revenue goals for your team or division. So you get it.


Working efficiently as it relates to your finances looks like:

  • Knowing that YOU are unique in having the power to generate income

  • TIME IS MONEY and your time is best spent MAKING IT, not managing it

  • DELEGATION Knowing that you cannot handle everything and that making decisions is easy but getting the right information might not be


So what is Financial Planning? That definition seems to take various forms depending on who you’re talking to.


Our definition:

Seeking to achieve positive financial outcomes for you and your business in less time with fewer errors and less work than if you were going at it alone.


We help keep you accountable. We focus on what is the most important work for you to get the results you want.


Don’t get doing the hard work mixed up with doing the right work.


I know a lot of hardworking people that still fail.


In my experience, it’s usually the one’s who do the RIGHT WORK that are successful.


Only someone who knows your goals, helps you track the metrics, and is an experienced professional can help you determine if you’re doing the RIGHT work.


If you see where I’m going with this, then let’s book a call and see how we can help you.


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