If you’ve ever invested money in the stock market you’ve most likely experienced some volatility. When the market isn’t going the direction you expected it to go, the kneejerk reaction for me is to SELL!!! Panic sets in and you don’t want to lose any more money.
If you sell, you’ll without a doubt lose money. If you wait, the chances of you bouncing back are pretty good. Sure, sometimes companies go under, but the market usually bounces back.
Seeing our investments dip is unsettling. During the dip you have a few choices:
Sell. Wait. Invest More.
What did we expect when we invested? Were we expecting a continuous upward trend with no dips? Did you have a plan when you invested to diversify or maybe you put some money aside to invest more during a dip?
Whatever the case, did you have expectations and a plan going in or did you just make an investment without any research, planning, or guidance?
This isn’t about the stock market. I’m the last guy that should be giving advice. I have limited experience and I still don’t understand it all.
What I do have is 25+ years of exercise experience and I’ve been in the valley more than the mountain top. As of recently, I’d say I’ve been in a valley for 2 years. I do bi-monthly body composition scans. My weight has been up and down as has my body fat and muscle. Multiple injuries, a few surgeries, and a change in priorities at work have shifted my focus.
The thing is this: I never quit. I haven’t quit working out since I was 13 years old. Not even during the depths of drug addiction did I stop working out. I worked out in the year-long drug program I went through. 300 push-ups a day with a guy named Steve from Chicago. 1 week after knee surgery I was doing upper body at a local big box gym.
My expectations were and have always been that working out is hard and I won’t always want to do it. Most days I don’t want to, but my feelings don’t matter. That’s a learned fact.
The real growth, the growth that creates a discipline that will carry you through your toughest moments happens in the valley. If you’re in the valley, don’t look for a way out, work through it.
The next time you end up in the valley you’ll recognize it. You’ve expected it to come and you won’t be surprised by it. You’ll know what to do to get through it.
Take a peek at the stock market and you’ll appreciate how it reflects your fitness journey or maybe your life. It reflects mine for sure!