Pumps vs. Drains

There is this concept of pumps versus drains that I read about a while ago.  The idea is often mentioned when discussing finances.  It’s pretty simple.  It goes as follows:

Pumps = things that make you money

Drains = things that cost you money

So every person or business wants to maximize pumps and minimize drains.  A pretty simple concept to understand.  The cool thing is that you can take this same principle and start applying it to ever aspect of your life.  Let’s start by applying this to your attitude.

Pumps = having a positive attitude and being around people with a positive attitude

Drains = having a negative attitude and being around people who are downers

If you choose to be positive, you create a positive environment around you that people want to be apart of.  And if you can get other positive people into that environment you create a situation where everyone can feed off one another in a good way.  In other words, there’s a lot of pumping going on and no draining!  On the other hand, if your outlook on life is always negative, you make yourself and everyone around you miserable.  That’s a lot of draining with no pumping!

If you want a positive attitude you need to do three things:

1. Choose to have a positive attitude and work on it every day

2. Surround yourself with people who are positive pumps

3. Eliminate everyone who is a negative drain

Another great place to apply this principle is with your nutrition.  People often wonder why they are fat, sick, tired, moody, lethargic, depressed,  … I could go on forever.  What they don’t do is look at their nutrition pumps and drains.

Pumps = healthy foods that support and energize your body

Drains = junk foods that stress your body and sap your vital energy

Try logging your food intake for a week and cross-reference that with how you feel during that same week.  You might notice some trends of how you feel based on what you’re eating.  Our diets are an amazing thing and can probably solve a lot of the problems that we have mistakenly turned to medical drugs to fix.  We just have to take a look at our nutrition pumps and drains to fix the leaks.

The point I’m trying to get across is that you can apply this principle to every aspect of your life: nutrition, attitude, finances, relationships, health, mindset, etc.  What you need to recognize is that you can only get out what you put in.  So every day you need to make sure you beef up your Pumps and eliminate your Drains!

Dydd Mercher yn hapus!


1 comment so far

  1. Jason on

    Chad, sometimes when I go to the gym, to get a puymp, I ended up being drained. Go figure

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