Spending. Saving. Spending. Saving.
We tend to go through a lot of different cycles in our financial lives. Sometimes there are moments where it can feel like it’s hard to stop spending money, and that life is just throwing obstacles in your way left and right. But what if you really overcome this and start having extra money? The temptation that you’re going to have to face is finding that you’re going to want to put your money in a thousand places, but maybe five are going to actually pay off.
It’s very easy to lose money when you don’t have a plan. We’ve talked about building a financial blueprint that you can use in order to get things done, but it will bed up to you to actually carry it out. Many financial planners talk at length about wanting you to have the best life possible, and this is definitely true. However, if you don’t believe it in your own heart, you’re not going to really want to get much of anything done.
So, what’s a person to do when they really want to move forward and really seize control of a greater life? They’re going to need to make sure that they focus on the bigger picture from start to finish, which would include thinking about the way they spend money.
We talk a lot about saving money, and it’s definitely a great way to grow your overall financial life into something exciting. Imagine a life where you can actually take a little bit of time off because you’ve got savings in the bank. When you don’t have savings, it’s going to be hard to actually do more than work all of the time. This is a life that nobody wants to live, but how does spending really play into it?
Well, the truth here is that you will have to try to think about the way you spend money. Chances are good that the beliefs you have about spending money is what’s going to play a big role in whether you reach your goals or not. For example, do you feel that you can never spend money? It might keep you from buying things that unlock new opportunities in your life. On the flip side, if you spend without thinking about it, you might be keeping yourself from an amazing life because you keep running into deeper levels of debt.
Obviously, everyone is going to have different ways of controlling their spending. But if you change the way you spend money, you might be surprised at what results you get. You have to start thinking about the role of money in your life and how you want things to be. If you focus only on the negative, you’re not going to be able to see the positive. But if you only focus on the good stuff, you might not see all of the things that can go horribly wrong.
Keep this stuff in mind as you begin working out your financial blueprint — you’ll get where you want to in good time!