Reflect for a moment on how you perceive time. Do you see it as a friend or a foe? At Lifting Up Lives, we’ve learned to see Father Time as our wise and beneficial friend.
Many of us are constantly aware of time, but often we focus on its negative effects. We worry about deadlines at work, aging, payment schedules and what have you, constantly seeing time as a nemesis. Many of us don’t recognize that, with the right understanding, time is our friend. We can turn time to our advantage.
For the disciplined financial investor, time is the factor that makes investments grow. Time applies an exponential force in the rate at which profits accumulate under the law of compound interest – it gives the laws of compound interest the opportunity to act. Investors also know that creating wealth requires regular contributions to one’s investment. Wealth is built with small contributions, by a sustained program of investment over long periods of time.
Time and discipline generate a similar exponential benefit when we invest in our well-being and health – when we become personal investors. If you invest in your mental and physical health every day your investment grows. The laws of compound interest take effect. Here’s where fun Zumba workouts come in.
Exercise is a great way to invest in your long term personal well-being. Exercise builds a healthy body, and a healthy body is more resistant to illness and disease. Exercising every day builds strength and endurance a little at a time. You don’t have to commit hours to working out to benefit. Even a few minutes a day or thirty minutes a few times a week creates noticeable results. Thus exercise also emphasizes the discipline of small regular contributions. Most importantly of all, exercise builds confidence.
Being healthy is more than a feeling. It pays dividends every day. Healthy people are noticeably more energetic and confident, and their energy and confidence carry them to more positive results in everything they do. More importantly still, their confidence and energy breed a sense of confidence and energy in those around them. They build a sense of well-being beyond themselves in their community.
Lifting up Lives is here to help women become better personal investors, to help them build a foundation of personal well-being. When you join in a fun Zumba workout, you’re a kind of investor. You’re investing in your personal health. But you’re also improving San Francisco fitness results. You’re contributing to your community while you contribute to yourself.
So time isn’t our enemy at all – quite the opposite. It’s our friend. When we understand how to turn it to our advantage, it builds both our health and our wealth. When we understand that the laws of compound interest allow small contributions to build large fortunes – in health or wealth – we have the proper perspective on time.