I listen to this podcast called Being Boss and it’s these two very knowledgable, fun-loving creative entrepreneurs who talk about a variety of interesting topics (finances, work-life balance, charging for business, marketing).
I have been captivated by their anecdotes, struggles, victories and all-around transparency about being business owners. It makes me excited, curious, nervous, terrified, and several other emotions…usually in a 45-minute period.
On Episode 47, Jesse Mecham joined Emily & Kathleen to talk about the business he started, You Need a Budget (YNAB is more fun to say).
I love hearing other people talk about money, what it means to them, and how they manage it, so this episode was intriguing to me. It’s been easily over three weeks since I have listened to this episode, but I keep coming back to what Jesse said in regards to money.
What you manage, you improve.
I’ve known this, as most do, but would never say it quite this succinctly. It goes for so many other things as well: weight, health, career, relationships, education, finances.
If you want to improve something, but aren’t willing to give it much of your time, how much improvement do you suspect will happen? Hoping your relationship with a coworker will get better in 2016, but you’re not setting aside time and energy to mend it? Setting an intention versus acting on it every single day shapes the outcome.
And when I started thinking about the things I do versus don’t manage, I asked myself:
How bad do you want it?
For example, I don’t really care about being a certain jean size or an ideal weight, so I don’t give any time to weighing myself or counting calories. I do care a lot about feeling healthy though, so I try to make space in my life to do the things that make my body & mind feel great. Like sleep. 🙂
Mark Manson, one of my favorite writers, asked this in a post from 2013:
What are you willing to struggle for?
He says that sometimes we want the reward of something, but don’t necessarily want to do the work. Like, maybe you aspire to be a body builder, but only commit to putting in a couple days at the gym a week. Or, maybe you want to be a business owner, but you’re not willing to take a risk financially, physically, emotionally, etc.
There are a handful of people in my life who tell me the things they want to “be, do, see,” yet never take any steps in the direction to achieving those things. And it makes me wonder if it’s something they really want or a reward they are chasing, or a parent’s dream they are seeking, or something they “should” want based on someone else’s standards.
Ultimately, all of this is about choice. Choosing what to manage, choosing where to improve, choosing what’s worth the struggle, choosing what is worth your time and resources.
I like to remind myself that if it’s important to me, I’ll make time.
Happiest of new years. *clink*