As I go through some items on Facebook, I stare at an article that one of my fellow bloggers wrote about crushing their debt with 226K in 33 months! Yeah, that is freakin’ sweet. Lots of hard work, dedication, and motivation every single month. But you do not know how they did it. You do not know their struggles. What you see is a pretty colored box with a bow and then they start blasting how they have financial freedom to renovate their house and do whatever else they want to do. I hear this time and time again around the blogosphere and on Facebook.
How did you do it?
Can you teach me?
I can never get there.
There. Right there. The last one. I can NEVER get there. That is a defeated remark. That is when you feel like you cannot push anymore and go the distance. That is your slump. If you go down the slump and you always berate yourself, you can never get out of that slump. You can do it, you will do it. You may not do it in 33 months like my fellow blogger, but you can and will do it eventually. I want people to know that life is not about comparing yourself to others.
Do not compare yourself to others.
I see this all the time. People on frugal sites or frugal groups and they are comparing themselves to someone that they have never met. I do not dictate your life. I am not you. The only thing that I can do is gently nudge you in the right direction and tell you not to do this or not to do that. The biggest thing is do not compare yourself to others. Do not get yourself in the slump. The slump is one of the worst areas that you can get into in life. You feel like you are weak and cannot get out of there. You feel like that mountain in front of you is too big for you to start climbing. I am here to tell you that you can do it, you will do it. The hardest part is the first step. You have to have the motivation to go forward. Now you’re asking, how do I get motivation. Motivation is what helps you go from A to B. Have a job? You go from A to B. Why? Because money or maybe you like your job. Motivation to do well at your job is due to your manager/whatever is above you. You want to look good. Well, just like finances you want to look good on your credit report when you go and buy a house or get a loan for something at the bank.
In a nutshell, this is what I am saying to you… right now. Do not compare yourself to others. Do not listen to other people including myself (at times). I have never met you. I do not know you. My financial freedom is different from yours. My life is different than yours. My job is different than yours, but we all have one goal in mind, to do our version of financial freedom.
Your takeaway from this post is simple: Whenever you see a post about someone saying that they conquered debt and gave it a roundhouse kick, I want you to think what you can do different in your life to conquer your debt to get to your version of financial freedom. I do not want you to think that you are weak, worthless, or worse than everyone else. Get out of that slump and get to your financial freedom. You can do this. You can do anything once you can put your thoughts into it. Have accountability and motivation.