I know I do. How do you recharge your batteries? I like to say that I suffer from frugality fatigue (you shouldn’t feel sorry for me, seriously. . . no one else does. . .). When you’re tired, you’re tempted to make bad decisions.
I think the key to turning your financial life around is to be content with what you have. Don’t focus on what you see from others on Instagram and Facebook – focus on your life – be content and don’t try to live someone else’s life. I looked up the definition of content:
In a state of peaceful happiness. Willing to accept something; satisfied.
I don’t want your financial journey to make you bitter because of unreasonable sacrifices, rather I want your financial journey to be part of your path to satisfaction. I want your financial decisions to become part of your habits, part of your lifestyle. Life is an adventure – live with passion, live with a vision of what your financial independence will look like one day. Live with a dream – live with a purpose!
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I want to revisit one of my previous posts to help recharge your batteries, because sometimes we get tired and lose sight of our purpose, lose sight of where we’re trying to go. I strongly suggest you read “the purpose driven life” by Rick Warren – it will change your perspective because “it’s not about you“. It’s about the quest for personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and meaning in life.
Happiness, for some it’s an elusive pursuit of a mirage in the desert – always within sight but just out-of-reach. For others, it seems to come naturally. What makes them different? I came across an article in Forbes that started with people who were already happy and ranked the top 10 things they had in common. Let’s dive right in.
1) They slow down to appreciate life’s little pleasures (the mountains are calling and I must go . . .)
2) They exercise (you already knew this one, they regularly schedule it and follow through)
3) They spend money on other people (giving will change your perspective on life)
4) They surround themselves with the right people (avoid negative influences)
5) They stay positive (stop complaining so much)
6) They get enough sleep (really helps with mood, focus, energy and self-control, also reduces stress)
7) They have deep conversations (avoid gossip and judging others; instead, build a connection with someone)
8) They help others (it’s a positive influence on your mood, but don’t over-commit)
9) They make an effort to be happy (attitude is a choice – work at it)
10) They have a growth mindset (you can improve with effort, challenges are really opportunities to learn something new)
There’s no energy in just existing – Dave Ramsey
Start each day with prayer and a Bible verse (the Holy Bible app will send it right to your smartphone (i.e., a push notification). Be thankful for all the blessings you have and the opportunity to live another day. Also start your day with a list of priorities. What are the most important things you need to accomplish today? – write them down and cross them off as you accomplish them. Say no to distractions (Facebook anyone?)
You are only given so many days – make each one count! Be faithful each day, show up and play hard! Practice excellence. Never lose sight of your purpose – evaluate your daily habits. There is more than mediocrity – watch some dave ramsey videos (on the app) as people share their success of overcoming debt and how they did it. If they can do it, so can you!
Today’s post too short? – click the link below and read my previous post on lifestyle creep.
Drop me a comment below and let me know how you deal with those times when you’re tired of being frugal. . .