Staying focused on my long and short terms goals has always been an issue. I just did not realize it until I moved out of my parents place. At my parents place I would always feel their wrath if I did not get things done. At my own place that was a very different story.
I did not realize what I was doing. I would often do things for short term gain that would have long term implications. I just did not think about it. I reacted impulsively.
I knew what I wanted, but never was able to get what I wanted. The reason was is I did not want to be patient and work for what I wanted. I wanted it now. At this moment and I did not want to work for it. Example: I buy a lottery ticket in the hopes it will take care of all my financial troubles. It never did take care of all my financial troubles. I was just out a dollar or two.
I would see people who would be in amazing physical shape and want it, but never was willing to read the books/articles to learn what I needed to do, much less do what was needed to do. I knew people who were physically fit were a ton happier(plus they got laid a lot more), but I never was patient enough to go to the gym, dojo, or yoga studio to put in the work. Even worse, cooking in the kitchen was a challenge.
Somewhere something changed. It is very common, but there is usually a trigger and that trigger is usually from an unexpected place.
My trigger was my finances. I was great at making money, but spent it so fast I never had any money left over to travel. the sad thing was travel was my one true passion. So I started reading get rich quick books. They were not my issue. I could make money. So I then read a book call the Millionaire Next Door.
The Millionaire Next Door was not what I was expecting. It was an academic book. The author studied millionaires and looked for common traits. He was surprised, as I was, with what he found. They were very normal, except that they would not need to “keep up with the Jones” and they would keep a budget. They also were focused on their goals. I learned about these simple traits and ways that I could implement them in my daily life.
I found it odd that learning how to budget my money would be where my path to happiness started. I always thought it would be a person I would meet, or me making a ton of money, or some spiritual enlightenment. For me 90% of my stress had been coming from money and not focusing on my goals. I do not know what it will be for you, but I highly recommend the book the Millionaire Next Door.
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Can you spot the millionaire next door?
Who are the rich in this country?
What do they do?
Where do they shop?
What do they drive?
How do they invest?
How did they get rich?
Can I even become one of them?
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I tend to be a little scatter brained in the morning and the first thing I see could be what I start doing for the day. So I will forget all the things I thought about doing the night before. So I always keep some lists handy.