I'm currently reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. (I'm on a "habits" kick lately, obvi)
In the book, the author discusses willpower and whether the amount of willpower you have is just something you're born with, or if it's like a muscle that you can strengthen and grow.
The book talks about a 2006 experiment by Megan Oaten and Ken Cheng that found that participants who started a new workout program not only got in better shape (obviously), but also smoked fewer cigarettes, drank less alcohol and caffeine, ate less junk food, and spent fewer hours watching TV. So building your exercise willpower had a spillover effect to the rest of participants' lives!
But then they thought that maybe exercise was just a weird case, so they tried a new experiment. They enrolled participants in a money management program with savings goals and asked people to deny themselves luxuries, such as meals at restaurants or movies. Turns out people's finances improved (obviously) but also they smoked fewer cigarettes, drank less alcohol and caffeine, ate less junk food, and were more productive at work and school. Just as they found with the physical fitness program, strengthening your financial willpower had a spillover effect to the rest of participants' lives!
I mean... WHOA. All those results from just signing up for a money management program???!
Do you get how exciting that is?? Tackling your finances may not only change your financial life, but your WHOLEENTIRELIFE!! Building the willpower to be smart with your money will help you eat healthier, go to the gym, do your homework, focus more at work... basically anything else you've been trying to do in life. So freakin' AWESOME!!
So if you've been trying to make other big changes in your life but nothing's working... perhaps you just need to start with your finances!
((Aaaaand it just so happens that I have a program that can help you with that! Check out my Budget Coaching program! Your finances and the rest of your life will thank you :) )
Have you noticed spillover effects of working on your finances or starting a new exercise program or healthy eating regimen?
I definitely remember seeing a spillover effect when I started really looking at my finances 6+ years ago. One of my biggest things to help my finances was eating out less, which meant I had to cook for myself more, which made me want to make sure I was cooking healthy meals, which made me want to be healthier by exercising more... totally all related!