My Path to Financial Independence – Phase One – Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces

I recently turned twenty seven and for whatever reason this has caused me to do a lot of self reflection. After some reflection there are many areas of my life that I am not happy with. I am committed to creating the life of my dreams.

I am not happy with my financial situation. I feel like this unhappiness is starting to spill over to other areas of my life.

I have not been earning enough money and I have not been consistent with my savings and investments. Instead of using this unhappiness as motivational fuel to push harder to increase my income I have been drinking and smoking to feel better.

Thinking about this makes me feel terrible since I believe I have only been making my financial problems worse by increasing my expenses and my long term unhappiness.

Drinking and smoking hasn’t resolved any of my problems and I have only added to my list of problems by not using a healthier coping technique.

I have been focused on making myself feel comfortable instead of staying focused on the areas in my life that I am not satisfied with. By distracting myself and ignoring the pain of thinking about my problems I have only made my problems worse.

I am ready to face the pain. I am tired of ignoring it and making myself feel okay about my situation.

I am ready to change.

I am ready to make a plan to create the life of my dreams.

I am ready to face the truth.

I am ready to quit smoking and drinking.

I am ready to create new and positive obsessions to replace my old addictions. I believe this is the key to improving my life. I want to harness the power of my addictive personality to become obsessed with my dreams.

I am done distracting myself and wasting time. I know it will be painful and hard to eliminate these vices from my life. I believe that it will be worth it. If I can get through the pain I have caused by allowing myself to become an addict then maybe I can start to improve my life.

Starting Today – Phase One

  • I will no longer be drinking or smoking.
  • I will no longer be buying energy drinks.
  • I will no longer be eating out.
  • I will soon be implementing a schedule for my life and working towards being more organized.
  • I will be looking for a new job that can offer me the opportunity to earn the income I want.
  • I will maintain a positive attitude and remain focused on creating the life of my dreams.

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5 thoughts on “My Path to Financial Independence – Phase One – Picking Up the Pieces

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  2. Sounds like you have some good objectives and want to take corrective action. If you are open to some advice from an old guy who has been down the path awhile, find another man who can mentor you and hold you accountable. In my case it was an older man who attended our church and taught the young married’s class at that time. He met with me for coffee and breakfast every Friday morning for at least ten years. It was the most beneficial friendship I ever had. Don’t pick just any guy. Find someone who can hold you accountable and who has wisdom.
    Proverbs 19:20 English Standard Version (ESV) “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

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  3. I really like your honesty and resolve. One thing to point out, you made some health and career goals, what about one or two financial goals too. Something like “save $1,000 for emergencies.” This will bring balance to many areas of your life.

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  4. Sounds like you are ready to make a change and improve. Let me encourage you to find an older man who has been down the path ahead of you who has wisdom and is willing to mentor you and hold you accountable. They have to ask the hard questions and you have to be honest. In my case it was a man in our church when I was young and newly married. I met with him for breakfast every Friday morning for about ten years. It was the best experience of my life.
    Proverbs 19:20 English Standard Version (ESV) “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”
    Let me encourage you to read the scriptures as well. Start with John’s Gospel or the book of Romans. You will benefit more from that than anything else you might decide to read.

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  5. Congratulations on your clear and decisive thinking. It is also commendable that you recognize that it will not be easy and may in fact cause you some pain along the way. I also applaud your willingness to sacrifice at the start.

    I will however, ask you not to view it as though you are punishing yourself. So you may want to find some cost effective ways to reward yourself along the way so that you can reinforce the good habits that you will be developing.

    Blessings and best wishes.

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