Over the past few months, I’ve felt a serious lack of motivation with respect to personal finances. Lifestyle inflation has made it difficult to pay down debt, and saving money has seemed like a near-impossible task; even picking up a pen to write about my experiences has filled me with this overwhelming sense of dread.
But, as I listened to a podcast about procrastination, I had an a-ha moment:
“When we forget WHY a project is important we start to lose our energy about that project. We don’t see the point of it, the purpose, the importance of this project to our business or lives… and the wind goes out of our sails… and the work doesn’t get done.”
Chase Reeves, The Fizzle Show
“Wow, this is so me!” I exclaimed to myself.
And, as I began to remember the reasons why I started blogging in the first place, I realized that most of them had to do with insecurities about money. I was still navigating the trauma of watching my father pass away in poverty, and I felt insecure about my skills and abilities in my new job. And, God forbid, if I were to suddenly lose my job, I knew I didn’t have the resources to support myself.
In other words, I was scared… and, above all, I didn’t want to feel that way anymore.
Now that I’ve gained more confidence in my career and passed a few financial milestones, I’ve become more comfortable in my position but the circumstances still remain: financially, I am still unequipped to handle a major setback and, professionally, I’m still in that precarious position of trading dollars for time.
But, rather than relying on pain to fuel my drive, I’m beginning to understand that it’s time to shift gears and create the dream. In other words,
Why am I even doing all of this ?
And so, I sat down, pulled out a pen, and finally crafted my mission statement.
To love myself, learn new ideas, grow spiritually, create epic things, and teach others how to do the same.
So yes, financial independence will help me feel more secure, but – more importantly – it will allow me to do more of the things that I love, the things that make me me. And, as much emphasis as we in the personal finance community place on money, it’s still important to remember that money is simply a tool to live your life with more freedom.
And, now that I have my mission statement, I don’t need to compare myself to others or worry about how far (or little) I’ve progressed in my journey. Making decisions can now become a little easier (if it doesn’t fit my mission, I don’t need to do it), and – more importantly – decisions now have purpose.
And that, dearest friends, is one of the greatest gifts that I can give myself: a life full of purpose.
Next, I’d like to explore how to keep this fire of motivation and purpose burning, but in the meantime, tell me:
What’s your mission statement?