I’ve been on a reading rampage again, trying to absorb as much information as possible, to learn new ideas that will give me a different perspective on life. There always comes a time when we realize it’s time to change again, time to up our life level to a completely new blissful spot. Life should be an adventure, full of learning, love, happiness and challenges. I seem to enjoy making a challenge out of my finances, except sometimes in the wrong direction, occasionally adding more debt to the puzzle. That’s when it’s imperative we take a new perspective and learn to become fascinated with our finances instead of frustrated.
What’s the latest read I’ve been absorbing? It could be classed as an oldie but a goodie, originally published in 1991, Tony Robbins Awaken the Giant Within includes strategies for changing your approach to life that are timeless, and always useful.
What Are Those Strategies?
They are five questions that will change your state of mind and get you fascinated again with your finances, or any area of your life for that matter.
- What is great about this problem?
- What is not perfect yet?
- What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?
- What am I willing to no longer do in order to make it the way I want it?
- How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make it the way I want it?
What Would Be More Fun?
Me answering these questions to get you all started! So here goes, here are my answers to these five fascinating questions. I’m sure you’ll find my answers amusing considering all the struggles I’ve been encountering.
What is great about this problem?
Tough question. No one likes debt so what could be so great about it? Debt is like a vice grip around your head squeezing your brain into submission. However, let’s take a different approach, what’s great is I can learn to live frugally, which will inevitably help me in all areas of my life. Honestly, the learning experience alone and challenging myself to manage my finances to the penny are what’s great.
What is not perfect yet?
Oh boy! In one word, fashion. My lust for fashion sabotaging my budget, or, more precisely my state of mind undermining my budget.
What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?
Anything! Change my state of mind, habits and stop myself before making excessive purchases. Disconnect from the internet and when I get bored, choose an alternate form of amusement such as exercise.
What am I willing to no longer do in order to make it the way I want it?
I am willing to no longer go shopping, to remove it from my life entirely. Obviously, I still have to go grocery shopping but aside from that no online or in mall shopping. Not even window-shopping! Window-shopping creates a want and wants turn into must haves, which equal debt. By window shopping I mean shopping etailers not fashion blogs. Many of the fashion blogs give me ideas on how to work my current wardrobe to the max.
How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make it the way I want it?
Make it positive, focus on what I do want in life (house, travel) and have loads of fun with it! My April challenge of $20 a week for no shopping on clothing.