So you say you’re ready to take the trip? You’ve had it with watching the debt pile up and watching the non-descript days slip away.
You feel you can’t go another year, another month, another minute without something to really look forward to -- time away, time to create something, time to chill out with someone you really care about, time to breathe …. without the money stress.
Good -- now we have the destination. This is the first thing you need to take a trip anywhere -- a pin marking the spot. How can you navigate if you don’t know where you’re going? The destination of this particular trip is greater personal freedom. This translates to enough cashflow to be able to call your own shots, have some adventures and make a difference. Sounds like paradise!
The next question is, “When am I hitting the road?”
Often when I’m strategizing with someone about heading down the road less traveled, there is great elation and anticipation UNTIL we start talking about taking those first steps in a new direction. Then I start hearing things like this:
“I’ll get in the car, but I only want to go 5 miles per hour.”
“It’s not convenient for me to leave now.”
“I can’t afford to go on the trip. Is there a way I can just collect the money without changing anything.”
The journey to a better life requires momentum. It’s a series of baby steps but you’ll lose your balance if each step is a week apart. You have to lean into it to pick up speed and keep your course.
Reaching your destination of success and significance is a matter of commitment and determination -- not convenience. When you decide to leave a life of subsistence and stress, you’re going to depart from your comfort zone -- the people, the places, the activities than have planted you where you are. It’s going to be an exciting trip -- but like all travel, not always convenient.
Personally I love it when people tell me, in effect, that they can’t afford to make more money. What I’ve noticed is that people find the money for the things they really want to do; it might be seeing their favorite band or team, upgrading their phone, buying a new pair of high-end shoes…. Normally, these are added expenses -- not the same thing as an investment. It doesn’t have to be a big investment to get started on your journey to greater freedom, and you can invest as you go -- but you do have to invest to see a return. It’s just basic economics.
Yes, you could have a miraculous windfall and teleport directly to your destination, but you could just as easily stay stuck in survival mode.
I’ll end with my favorite Will Rogers quote: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Your future is as bright as you decide it is, and it’s just over the horizon. Time to move!
Susan is a published writer and motivational speaker with 30 years of experience, dedicated to guiding people to a life of financial invincibility and peace of mind.