24 Sep Your Money, Your Life, Your Responsibility
Just like your health, it is sometimes easy to forget that the wealth you created is ultimately your responsibility.
After work yesterday, I changed into my running gear and headed to the park near my office. It was a beautifully sunny day, and with autumn fast approaching, I wanted to take advantage of one last day of summer and get in some exercise.
This is something I do for my heart, and to take care of my body, part of my health regimen. My doctor told me that some form of exercise 4 – 5 days a week was important in my fight to keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check.
But the implementation of that advice is up to me. In fact, my doctor can’t make me do it and doesn’t even know if I take a week or two off from exercising.
While I was running, I was thinking about a new prospect I had met with earlier in the day. He was worried about the stress that was impacting his life and his health. On the surface he had enough money to do what he wanted with his life, but he was stuck and not confident in what to do next.
During our conversation a few things were obvious:
- Creating a financial strategy that reduced the stress in his life was life or death
- Stress was clearly responsible for several ongoing health related issues he could point to
- His alternative was to remain in the same stress-filled lifestyle and just accept the probability of a reduced life expectancy
As a financial counselor, my role is to study the facts and use my experience and judgment to provide the best advice possible. I can’t force anyone to make changes unless they are willing and ready.
Health and wealth go together because… they’re yours.
Make sure you take the time to accept where the responsibility rests.