What have you ever accomplished in your life that was really worth accomplishing and looked back to only discover how “easy” it was. I’ll be the first to take this mental journey and admit that I can’t remember a moment. Those moments could range from graduating high school or college. Getting married or having a kid. Landing the dream job in the career that you’ve always imagined, or dropping 50 pounds. Whatever your moment includes was it easy?
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We often find ourselves believing that to obtain what we really desire in life will be easy and it’s simply not always the truth. I ask tons of questions, especially to people that have overcome obstacles in their life or have accomplished something that I admire. Reflecting back I can’t recall that I left with notes that included the word “easy.” What we experience before we reach a certain level of financial success can feel like a very long draining journey. Can you relate?
Let’s discuss 10 reasons why you shouldn’t expect your finance journey to be easy.
The definition of easy goes something like this. Achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties. Does this really sound like your financial journey. Without great effort? Presents few difficulties? I can’t relate at all. How do you define easy?
NOTHING HAPPENS WITHOUT EFFORT
Anything worth accomplishing in life is worth working for. While some of the work may be easier than others it takes chipping, hammering, and bulldozering our way through some of our financial goals. There are no easy paths to making it happen. Nothing happens without effort.
MONEY CHALLENGES ARE OPPORTUNITIES
When there are money challenges that you need to conquer they often stem from other areas that need a bit of tending to. Recognize what those spaces are and act accordingly (this can be an eye-opening experience). Money challenges are opportunities. Figure out what your journey is trying to teach or to tell you.
IT’S LIFE CHANGING
Life changing moments can either feel really good or sometimes really painful. Your financial journey will be a mix of confusion, restrain and awakening. Embrace every moment. It’s life changing.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?
What are you expecting during this time of financial discovery. Are you expecting that your lifestyle won’t change (even if for a period of time)? Are you expecting to continue doing the same things with your family and friends that you are accustomed to doing? What changes are you willing to make? What sacrifices will you make? What do you really expect?
EASY IS NOT A BADGE OF HONOR
If you frolic through life feeling like every single thing you do or don’t do is a reflection of the work you’ve put in, measure what you’ve gained from it. How far have you gotten? Take a deep reflection. Begin with January of this year. What level of attention have you given your finances? If you give just a little you’ll be sure to get just a little (if that).
WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER (..or at least that’s what many say)
The question here is-what have you worked hard towards? You feel it deep down inside when you’re working towards reaching a goal. I don’t mean work as in going to work every single day and then feeling as if you deserve a reward for that. With this type of work I am leaning towards you’ve worked, you’ve committed, and you’ve met a goal or two. Think positive as you navigate through your finance journey-reach a goal then yell out-work hard, play hard!
ARE YOU REALLY READY?
Are you prepared mentally and emotionally to jump on the train that will take you from financially thriving or remain on the one that leads to only financially existing. There’s a difference. Either you are working diligently towards change or you’re content where you are. It’s easy to make one change or none and expect grand results. Have you received a promotion, raise or bonus at work for doing the bare minimum? Your personal finance results will be similar. This journey will reflect the work you put in. Look at your finances as a life haul. Are you really ready?
Your financial journey will work in a very similar way that traditional investing works. It’s a two way street. Every relationship you have is an investment of some sort. If we disregard it, ignore what’s happening with our accounts, and leave them to care for themselves, money will disappear. Paying attention to how we move with our finances is an example of emotional investing. Anything you water will grow. Do your part.
We’ve talked about this all year because it’s just that important. Tell someone about your financial journey. It can be hard to work towards any type of goals without having someone along with you for the ride. Having this source of accountability provides the support, encouragement, and motivation that you’ll often need. This individual can also serve as your celebration partner when you’ve reached a milestone.
Seeking an extra dose of inspiration, accountability and direction? We would love to have you in our virtual members club for women that are committed to transforming their financial lifestyle. Learn more here, The Finance Bar Members Club.
Remember, this journey won’t also be easy. It’s not supposed to be, so try not expecting it to be. What it will be is rewarding and life-changing and that’s plenty.
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