Life is busy – it’s beyond busy. Even without kids, I find it hectic. I have no reasonable idea of how parents do it all and I praise you. With life moving at an increasing pace each day, things can easily get lost in the shuffle. Including your finances. We put things on autopilot and walk away. Telling ourselves we’ll learn about it another day or make time for it on the 3rd Sunday of never. Your finances are important; money is an important tool in our lives.
Just show up
When you’re dealing with debt and juggling your budget, the tendency can lean towards giving up and believing that you’ll never get out of the hole you’ve dug yourself into. It can be a deep hole. You begin to feel that the next ledge you reach for, to propel yourself upwards, is going to break if you grab for it too hard. But you’ve got to do it. You have to show up. Each and every single day. Always reaching for that next ledge.
Why show up?
Not because you have to, but because you want to. You want to get out of the hole. You have dreams, goals and aspirations that may be lying dormant because your debt has been drowning them out.
You need to be present not only for your wellbeing but for your finances. I’m not talking about compulsively checking your bank accounts until you develop a strange disorder. I’m talking about keeping your eye on the prize. You cannot go into auto pilot mode and hand over the plastic and spend.
Each day is a new day to change your spending habits, to shout to the heavens “I went a week without buying ANYTHING!”
Reasons you should show up that you may have forgotten
- To get that new job.
- To achieve something real.
- To learn about DIY investing.
- So you can do more with your life.
- To once and for all say I’m debt free and I’m never going to be in debt again.
- To travel the world and never look back.
- To become a painter, artist, filmmaker, photographer, chef, genius, etc.
- To spend more time with your family.
- To own a home.
- To become a frugal weirdo.
- To sing, to dance, to run.
- To help someone.
- To watch a sunset on a distant beach.
- To climb a mountain peak, be inspired and in awe of the sheer beauty.
- To walk a mile, then walk a few more.
- To learn how to create a budget and manage it.
These are all reasons why you should show up for your finances each day. Showing up reminds you to not get caught up in the “stuff”. Stuff won’t make you happy, life makes you happy.
Life always springs surprises on us; the key is to always be ready for them. Debt has a tendency to make you shy away from opportunities and surprises. You become the “I can’t” machine, with too many “becauses” in the sentence. I can’t do X because of Y.
Drop the debt, eliminate the “I can’t”, and the because will become much more meaningful.
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