Stop reading this. In fact don’t read anything else. Reading these blog posts won’t give you financial motivation. You know what will? Going outside.
The Simple Things Will Provide True Financial Motivation:
Today is going to be a beautiful day outside. The sun will be out, the temperature will be right, and there will be a beautiful stillness just over the trees in the distance.
Just for a little while forget about your problems, forget about work, and forget about making more money. Dwelling on those things isn’t what’s going to motivate you. Dwell on them for too long and they will simply control you.
Instead, go outside and connect with the rest of the world. Laugh and have some fun. Take your kids to the park, go for a picnic, have a bbq, etc. Take your spouse out to get an ice cream, take your dog for a walk, and simply give someone you’ve never met before a nice smile. When was the last time you did any of those things?
Get off the computer. This is a huge mistake that I make all the time. As a blogger (and a personal finance one at that) sometimes this hobby runs rabid and consumes far too much of my attention. Though it’s okay to be productive and work on your side projects, you need to keep a balance. You can’t let your work become all there is to you. That would be dull. That would be a complete misunderstanding or your priorities. That would hurt the ones you love.
Why do you want to make more money? So you can no longer work someday? And when you no longer work, will you spend more time with the ones you love? Guess what – you could do that RIGHT NOW!
The Power of the Sun:
When the sun is out and inviting, it makes it hard not to believe that there isn’t anything you can’t accomplish. The sunlight can lift your mood and renew your sense of optimism. The blue skies are limitless with possibilities, and that allows for you ambitions to run high.
I imagine the day I declare my retirement to be a day like this. I’ll wake up that morning and realize that I don’t have to go to work or report to anyone ever again. The sun will be out and it will light up everything I hope to do with my new found financial freedom.
The act of financial planning is all in preparation of this moment and every other one that follows. We save our money, devise investment strategies, and plot at how long it will all last so that we can roll away the stone of worry from our shoulders.
Go outside and take it all in. Notice how there isn’t anything you can’t do? Do you like having time to spend with your loved ones? Do you like being able to explore and discover excitement with your new hobbies? That’s how your retirement will feel. And depending on what techniques you use to get there and what the world makes of them, you might fulfill your wish sooner than later.
Don’t Forget What Motivated You in the First Place:
Emphasis on financial freedom within our lives is a strong priority that should influence a great deal of our decisions. But the ultimate motivator will come from understanding just what it is that we truly saving for:
- The privilege of having our time back.
The privilege of being able to do whatever the hell we want without financial repercussion. That’s why I want you to spend the day with your loved ones and doing the things you want. Take it all in like gold and cherish it for what it is: The prize at the end of the race. The greatest of trophies.
Remind yourself every once in a while why you train for this marathon in the first place.
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