Friday, December 7, 2012

What Weight Loss Can Teach You about Property Investment

Even though they seem to be worlds apart on first glance, the connection between dieting and investing in the world of real estate is not that distant or forced. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of parallels to be drawn between the two, whether they pertain to ambition, drive, working toward a given goal and so on. In a nutshell, however, there is no magic solution for capitalizing a.s.a.p., neither when it comes to losing weight, nor with respect to shedding off the extra pounds that stand between you and your healthiest possible self. So just how are property investments and dieting plans similar? Read on to find out – you’ll be surprised to learn that, if you have lost weight, you, too, can apply that knowledge to your capital investments into real estate. 

There is No Miracle Solution

In business, as in dieting, (I think it should be: “In dieting, as in business,…” ) every once in while a self-proclaimed enlightened guru will crop up, with the promise that he or she holds the very secret that will help you reach your desired goal, be that goal a perfectly toned, ideal weight figure, or the fortune that you’ve decided to put your money to work toward. However, miracle solutions are always bogus, bar none. In terms of diets, there is plenty of information available out there on medically tested, safe, healthful and balanced plans that can help you obtain just what you want – an all-new and improved body image. There are many up for grabs, and since no two individuals are alike, finding a tailored solution, as well as a sustainable strategy that’s likely to work out for you is the only way to go.

The same applies to investing money into property (or much of anything, for that matter). There is no foul-proof ‘get rich overnight’ magic solution. Just like any dietitian and nutritionist will remind you that it took time to put on all that weight, a good investment strategist and broker will tell you that getting rich within a short span of time only works in lotteries and raffles. When it comes to investing in homes and/or commercial property, the only way to go is to have patience, to think things through and to figure out your investment style, so as to implement the best strategy that will work for you. 

You Reap What You Sow

Reduced to the essential principle, weight loss is all about creating a calorie deficit. In order to put on a pound of fat, you will need to eat 3,500 more calories than you consume through your basal metabolic rate (the sum total of your vital processes) and your daily physical activities. To lose weight, you will need to create a difference of 3,500 calories between what goes in (i.e., the food you eat) and what comes out (i.e., the calories you burn by working out, staying active, etc.). It’s no wonder that one of the most efficient and sustainable dieting plans out there is calorie counting. By keeping track of what you invest and what you expend, you will be able to maintain full control over the progress of your diet.

The same goes for property investment. There is no end to the amount of stress that must go toward highlighting the importance of thorough asset management, investments and returns. To over-simplify, if you’re spending more than you’re making, you’ll be losing money. Conversely, good investments are those that capitalize on your current resources and build toward increasing their value over time, but this can only happen when you, the investor, are keeping close track of your own money. 

Stick to Your Guns 

Some people will complain that famous diets, such as BistroMD, about which you can learn more here (noticed I changed the anchor text) here, yielded absolutely no results for them. Meanwhile, others will extoll the virtues of the same plan and herald it as the next best thing since bread came sliced. While it’s true that different types of metabolisms will react differently to the various factors that determine weight loss or weigh gain (amount of cortisol released, low carb/high fat diets versus high carb/low fat diets, cardio work outs versus milder aerobics and calisthenics, etc.), it all boils down to patience, determination and habit formation.

The same applies to investment plans. It takes twenty-one days to change a habit, according to recent cognitive-behavioral research. This assertion is equally applicable to dieting habits, as well as to investment habits. You can’t objectively expect to see results, if you haven’t stuck through with one plan for at least that long a time.


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