Your Why

The first step in improving your financial position is to establish your why. What is the reason you want to improve your financial situation? Sounds like a silly question, but to make real change you need to look beyond the surface. What is the real reason you want to take control of your money?

I saw a post on thequigleyquote’s Instagram this week. It was a quote from Napoleon Hill that reads, “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”

It’s the use of language in the quote that really caught my attention. How you speak to yourself and how you word things has a massive impact on how you interact with your money. This idea is one we looked at in the Fat Funny Girl post.

Think about it

We all have hopes and dreams but if we don’t have a plan we have nothing but hopes and dreams. You can’t wish your dreams into reality or I would be living in a period country home already.

Where does a hope come from anyway? It comes from desire and that is the root of all change. Wanting something enough to be willing to work for it. Making a plan and executing it comes after the initial feeling of desire.

Now what was your why?

You woke up last week or maybe last month and thought what? I want to change career? Wouldn’t it be amazing to stay at home with the kids for a few years? Or maybe it was an itch to see the Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada and the Great Wall of China in China.

What was the thing that prompted you to look at your financial situation? It wasn’t I want more money for the sake of it. Maybe you did want to save a big chunk of money, but it was so that if the washing machine broke you weren’t washing laundry in the bath.

It could of been when you were putting on your shoes and you noticed they were getting a hole. Maybe you thought to yourself it would be nice not to have to worry about money.

It might of been when you got the school book bill and had to choose between paying for it and swimming lessons. Maybe you even got angry that those two bills came at once and so close to Christmas.

Keep that why in mind

It doesn’t matter how big or how small your why is. That moment or incident that invoked a desire in you is your best asset. It will be the most motivating tool you will have on your journey to take back control of your financial situation.

Any time you feel like you want to quit or the task is too great think about why you’re doing this in the first place. Reflect on how far you’ve come. Celebrate each milestone you reach. You can do this!

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