Energy is to health as cash is to wealth. Just because you have a lot of it, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are healthy or wealthy. But if you plan and spend it wisely, you will eventually become healthy (or wealthy).
If you did the Habit Scorecard yesterday, I asked you to write those habits that give you energy on the left-hand side of a piece of paper. I called these your “Asset” habits.
And then I asked that you write those habits that suck your energy away on the right-hand side. These are called your “Liability” habits. Today I want to further explain why I had you do this.
Balance Sheet (Habit Scorecard)
Similar to a Balance Sheet of a company, your Habit Scorecard gives me insight into the type of person that you are.
That might seem dramatic, but you really are a sum total of your habits. Take all of the good habits you have and subtract out all of the bad ones… what are you left with? That is your Owner’s Equity (or Character).
If I gathered 10 different “Habit Scorecards” from different people, you would be able to look at all of them and have an insight into each individual’s life. You would be able to gain insight into what that individual values.
Now, the good thing about a balance sheet is that it’s reported as of a certain date. In other words, you can change the value of a company over time.
So it is with your Habit Scorecard. A balance sheet doesn’t necessarily report what you did last year… it just tells me how valuable the company is today. If you want to be healthier, start spending your energy on developing “asset habits.”
Income Statement (Daily Schedule)
If you look at a company’s Income Statement, you will learn how they generate their cash. You will see line items like “Cost of Goods Sold”, “Payroll”, and “Rent”. Without these expenses, the company wouldn’t be able to generate the cash that they received.
Now pull out your calendar.
Similar to an Income Statement, your Daily Schedule tells me not only how much energy you have, but also how you’re spending that energy.
For example, if I see that you’re going to bed early, I know that you will have more energy tomorrow.
If I see that you spend your energy working out and cooking, I know that you will also have more energy.
Contrast that with the individual who scrolls for an hour on social media… Or the individual who binges Netflix every night.
Their energy levels will plummet.
So, your task today is to look at your planner/calendar from the past three days (Monday, Tuesday, and yesterday). Review those days and think through your activities (i.e. “expenses” in this example).
Identify those activities you did in the past three-days that contributed to generating more energy. Then identify those unproductive activities that didn’t go toward generating more energy.
Consider for a moment the fact that the healthiest people in the world spend their energy on activities that yield the highest return on long-term fulfilment. Line-items in your planner such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, thinking (reading and writing), and connecting with friends and family are generally the best activities you can have in order to generate more energy.
Once you have some notes written down, you’re ready for the “Statement of Cash-Flow”.