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Good resolutions – and how to make them come true

TL;DR

  • You should not hope for miracles, neither in losing weight nor in gaining wealth.
  • If you look at things like an engineer, you can see the starting points and find a way that leads to the goal in both cases.
  • While there is no guarantee of success, there is at least one clear way to become leaner and richer.

Year after year, everyone wants to become a better person. That’s great. Because only those who want to become better can really do so. Our job as business consultants is to help you to achieve your goals. So we thought about new year’s resolutions and how to make them come true. So: How can one lose weight and become rich? This is the best way:

If you can calculate, you can also lose weight.

To lose weight permanently, you have to face the facts. As “business engineers” we are good at that. Fact: Simply “sweating off” helps exactly until your next thirst. You have to get at the fat. By the way, the body uses it (the fat) to store energy. Quite a lot of energy. Depending on which source you refer to, one kilo of fat stores 29,000,000 joules. Enough energy to lift a bar of chocolate 29,000 km.

Fat

For the sake of simplicity and a better conscience, we calculate in kJ – then it is “only” 29,000 of them. Even nicer appears the number when converted into the unit kcal (vulgo: calories): There are a manageable 7,000 calories in each kilo. So if you want to get rid of 10 kilos of fat, there is no other way (unless you go to the plastic surgeon) than to burn 70,000 calories more than you consume.

How many calories you consume is revealed by the many calorie calculators (here, here or here for example) But how many of them (calories, not calculators) do you consume? The four basic arithmetic operations are helpful for this. First of all the multiplication. Roughly calculated, you consume one (1!) calorie per kg body weight per hour for things like breathing, digestion, heartbeat, brain activity, etc. For example, if your normal weight (you can find out here) is 75 kilos, you have a basal metabolic rate of 75 x 24 = 1,800 calories per day.

More consumption is only possible (apart from diseases, pregnancy and breastfeeding) by increased activity. Those who mainly sit around and operate a computer mouse consume 20% more during this “activity” compared to total inactivity. Anyone who works physically hard, for example as a lumberjack, needs twice as much energy and sometimes even more. Well, only a few of us are lumberjacks. So you have to assume that for most 75-kilo-example-persons 2,000 calories are completely sufficient. That’s enough for quite a lot of good food, by the way. But not to lose weight.

To literally become less, you must lower your calorie balance (calorie intake minus calorie consumption) by 70,000. The most radical approach would be 35 days of a starvation diet. Or 35 days of logging (but without the amounts that a logger usually eats.) Both approaches are probably not acceptable for most of us. Therefore, a very pragmatic tip from Supersieben: A good latte macchiato has almost 200 calories. Exactly the same as 36 grams of chocolate. Or 6-8 butter cookies. This list could be continued endlessly. Everyone finds the opportunity to consume 200 calories less every day without having to starve. (Or to consume 200 calories more without taking out the axe) It’s pretty well explained here. And now calculate for the last time: 200 calories x 365 days equals 73,000 calories you have saved. So the 10 kilos of fat will disappear during the next year.

Getting rich is a matter of „Geisteshaltung”

More than 10.000 search results (after that Amazon stops counting) ! That’ s how many books, audio books etc. you can find on amazon.de on the subject of “Getting rich”. Without having read all of them, or, to be perfectly honest, not even one: The only one who gets rich from these tips is the one who gives them – and of course Amazon. We believe that more advice of this kind is not necessary, so – being the business consultants that we are – we turn entirely to the principles of this problem.

Wealth

What does somebody who makes the resolution to become rich at New Year or any other time actually mean? Are we talking about €100, €100,000 or €100,000,000? Studies that exist on this issue have shown that wealth cannot be measured absolutely. In the pursuit of happiness, relative wealth (in comparison to your environment or in the hypothetical comparison of your future ego with your current one) is more helpful than absolute wealth. You can find the classic on this topic by Robert Easterlin here. This is quite comprehensible. If you are a multi-millionaire, a plus of 100.000 €’ will not be an overly motivating goal. It’ s more like a compulsory exercise to be done. The average earner, who imagines his future self with an additional €100,000 in his bank account, will evaluate the same amount quite differently.

Conclusion: getting rich means making a significant change in your financial status quo. We really know how significant change works. It is not for nothing that „Ein Ruck und kein Rückchen“ (A leap is better than a step) is our ambition when we work on behalf of our customers.

Therefore, here is our only tip on the subject of getting rich: If you want a leap, you shouldn’t wait for it to happen on its own. You have to want to leap. And draw the consequences of that will. Thus getting rich will become a question of „Geisteshaltung”: Am I willing and able to challenge the status quo? Do I believe that I must do something completely different in order to achieve something completely different (wealth)? Most people can’t. Because it is easier to carry on as before and be dissatisfied with the result than to question yourself and say, “It can’t go on like this”. One shining example is the poor watchmaker Matthias Hohner (“… sometimes I would lie down in the shade of a tree and cry about my fate…”) After he had stopped crying, he gave up his career as a watchmaker and began to build harmonicas. 3 years before his death, Hohner employed 1,000 people and was number 1 in the market. (More here)

All (all!) success stories have this beginning in common: I have to change the status quo. I must be prepared to accept other input if I expect other output. There are millions of variations (obviously at least 10,000) on how these stories can continue. But the beginning is always the same. That also applies to your story about getting rich. No matter if it concerns your personal wealth or the significant change you are looking for for your brand and your business.