We live in uncertain times. The deluge of depressing news only reminds us of the many things that are out of our control. Amidst so much uncertainty, it may seem strange to ask, “How can I achieve financial freedom?” We can’t even guess what’s going to happen in the next week, so how could we possibly predict 30 or 40 years from now when many of us will retire?
In reality, your financial future is as much within your grasp now as it always has been. The first step toward achieving financial freedom is accepting what you can control instead of worrying too much about what you can’t—although worry is perfectly normal during a time like this. Set aside pressing concerns about the pandemic for a moment, though, and consider the many factors that always seem to threaten your financial freedom. Taxes, the markets, interest rates—there are plenty, and you have very little control over most of them. It’s easy to spin your wheels worrying about these unknowns, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
What you can control is your plan for the future, your habits and the steps you will take to achieve financial freedom. These are the things that should hold your attention rather than the fluctuating circumstances of your life.Recognize the ObstaclesWhile the COVID-19 pandemic represents a unique challenge, the truth is that there are always obstacles in our way and excuses at the ready. There are many ways to achieve financial freedom, but they all start with recognizing and responding to the things that tempt us to throw in the towel.
You wake one morning in a clearing in the woods. A stream runs off into the trees and in the distance, you see mountains. You have no idea how you got here, or where here is. What do you do?
Do you sit down and wait for some passerby to rescue you, or do you set out walking in the direction of the high ground, hoping for a better view and a chance of unraveling this mystery?
That sums up the choice that every human is handed at birth: sit tight and survive, or get moving and seek truth?
It’s easier to stay still and live the same day over and again. But to truly live means exploring the depths of our soul to continuously create better versions of our self.
What’s in This Guide?This is a comprehensive guide to knowing and improving yourself. Yes, that’s a bold promise, but I know that these practices work, because they worked on me.
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Source: Success Magazine
I gently tap on the bedroom door and peer in. I hear my husband David’s rhythmic breathing. “Are you awake?” I whisper. Nothing. I ask again, this time a little bit louder.
“What’s up, babe?” He asks, his voice dripping with sleep. My cheeks are stained with salty, almost-dry tears. My eyes begin to well up again. “Dr. Schneider died,” I say. “Oh babe, I’m so sorry,” he says. “Come here. What happened?”
I crawl into bed and tell my husband that a former member of my therapy group emailed me with news that my therapist of several years had passed. I hadn’t seen him in months because I moved to a new city. He was 83, but in great health, so the news shocked me.
If you told me three years earlier that I’d be crying over the death of my therapist, I wouldn’t have believed you. Me? Crying over the death of someone I paid to treat me? Someone I had a purely clinical relationship with?
But this is where I found myself just last year. *This isn’t the first time I’ve written in SUCCESS about being plagued by the physical, emotional and mental symptoms of anxiety. Rapid breathing, trouble sleeping, dizziness? Check. Catastrophic thinking, fear that everyone hates me, worry that I’m an impostor? Check, check, check. Read more
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