This morning I was listening to one of my favorite leadership podcast called, Lead to Win, by Michael Hyatt and Co. They had a guest speaker on who mentioned a couple of times that you could not buy more time. I agree with this some, but not wholeheartedly. You will hear others say things like “Well I have only so much time on this Earth, so I might as well enjoy myself while I am here.”
You may be asking yourself right now, “So, Coach Brian, how do I buy more time?” Great, I am glad you asked! I do not have any scientific studies to direct you to, but I am willing to place my bets, and I am not a betting man.
The way to buy more time and increase the quality of your time is to invest in your health. I know you have heard this before, but maybe not from this angle.
I want to tell you a little story. About ten years ago, I was looking into becoming a financial planner since I love numbers and feel I have done well at managing my finances. Also, I like to talk to people and hear their story. There is a lot more to being a financial planner than just liking numbers and being a good manager of your finances, of course.
What I began to realize is that people destroy their health throughout their lives to get wealth, security, freedom and more time. Then when they finally get there, they had become sick, ill, and unable to move around like they once did when they were working. Then you know what happens to all that wealth, security, freedom, and time you desired? You give it to the health care system to try to regain your health back. Many do not know how important their health is until they lose it. This is what I am seeing happen as I was taking care of patients at the bedside. I learned the best way to help people financially is to help them stay well.
So, how do you stay well? Well, you invest in the quality of your food. You choose to not work the night shifts for extra pay, you choose not to take or stay at the stressful job just because it pays more, you choose to pay for a functional medicine practitioner out of pocket instead of going to a conventional doctor who will be covered by insurance, but is only open to writing prescriptions or recommending you for procedures and surgery. You pay for a doctor who will take the time to talk to you about nutrition, and other lifestyle changes you can make and one who has more than ten minutes to spend with you.
I invite you today to make one of the best investments you can make. That is your health. This will pay great dividends for you in the future, and while everybody else you worked with is in and out of doctors offices and hospitals after they retire, and many times, before they retire. You will be out living your dream and living the quality of life you want to because you sacrificed and invested in your health, not just your 401K or other investments.
You may be on a retirement plan where you will collect a pension for as long as you live. You may be trying to decide whether to collect social security at 62, 66, or 70. Think about that. If you invest in your health and outlive the average age of the people collecting a pension or social security, then that is money in the bank. Most people are not investing extra in their health, and this will affect the age at which they pass away. If you are investing in your health now, and the sooner, the better it will pay you dividends by living longer and being able to collect on your pension and social security for longer than if you had not invested in your health.
One other thing I want to mention about social security, and that is the age when you start collecting. I know many people battle with what age to start drawing their social security. I believe it goes up 8% per year after 62 that you wait to withdraw it. This is a pretty significant return at this age. Just think, if you are taking care of yourself and feel confident in your health you can withdraw your social security at a later age, and it will not take you long to exceed those who may have been insecure about their health and started collecting it early.
I hope this article has been insightful for you today and that you will consider an investment in your health as a great investment, one that will pay great dividends and, possibly, better dividends than your financial investments. If it is difficult for you to spend the extra money on your health, look at it as a way to increase your wealth and quality of life in the future due to needing a lot less health care. I promise you will be glad you did.
If you need help with how to improve your health, do not hesitate to contact Bethany or Brian at KnightWellnessCoaching.com. We will walk with you through your journey back to health. We are here to help and serve you.