Thoughts On Ice Baths and Financial Goals
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Fiscal Fitness Phoenix Financial Coach Jill EmanuelHey! Coach Jill here. I wanted to share a quick story with you.

I did something crazy last week.

I took an ice bath. Willingly. 

Let me tell you how out of character this ice bath was for me. 

I hate being cold. Like HAAAAAATE it. I moved to Arizona from Nebraska in part because suffering through a 100+ degree summer sounded MUCH better than living through a snowy winter. 

Also my favorite item of clothing is a pair of warm, fuzzy socks. 🧦

Give me all the warm, cozy things. 

An ice bath is pretty much the opposite of warm and cozy. 🥶

So why did I do it?

I’ve been working with a personal trainer for a while now and lifting heavier than ever. My body’s been through a lot over the years, including back and knee surgeries, so I’m very mindful when things start to feel off. 

I was lifting last Tuesday and my trainer commented that my back felt tight. Like really tight. And that my right lat was super fatigued. 

He suggested a two-minute ice bath to combat my body’s fatigue. 😲

Don’t get me wrong, I did not want to do this ice bath. I was not looking forward to it. But I knew for the sake of the training goals that I have, I would. 

This bath got me thinking about financial coaching with clients. Truth be told, most things when it comes to my training do.  

You see, a client will have a goal they are working toward. And in pursuit of that goal, they may have to make sacrifices along the way. They might have to temporarily endure some discomfort for the sake of the bigger goal. 

They might forgo a night out in order to save a little money for one month. But they’re not going to say no to every night out for a year. 

Or they might cancel some subscriptions that they can live without because freeing up that money allows them to pay down debt more aggressively. But they absolutely add those subscriptions back once they reach that goal. 

Reaching your financial goals does not have to mean enduring daily suffering, discomfort or deprivation. It’s just making smart choices and enduring short term sacrifices for the sake of the things you value and the goals you have. 

Same way that I’ll take an ice bath when I need to. 

Ice baths will never be a daily occurrence for me. This isn’t something I need to suffer through regularly in order to achieve my fitness goals. It’s used when needed to help me achieve my bigger goals. I’m working on benching over 200lbs.

I’m already dreading the next ice bath, but I’m ready to do it when my trainer says I need to. And I am planning on adding another bag of ice when I do. I know, I know… it’s all for the goals.

If you’ve got big financial goals…

If you’re looking for some guidance on how to reach your goals without sacrificing the things you love, chat with us. Schedule a free Q&A call to see how financial coaching can help you. 

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