Over the past few months, I have been spending a lot of time thinking…about money, life, and how it all fits together. There is an important connection between the two – whether people like to admit it or not.
You will constantly hear people say that money doesn’t matter or that it doesn’t buy happiness. Sure, it doesn’t directly buy happiness. None of us can walk down the street and buy a cup of happiness for the weekend.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t play a role in helping us be happy.
For many, the idea of following a budget or trying to save more than 5-10% of their income is too restricting. Why would anyone want to restrict themselves and enjoy life less?
Because it isn’t true.
Controlling your financial life is about taking control of your entire life. Money puts you in-charge of you instead of having to answer to others around you. It is the tool that allows you to gain freedom in your life – freedom from having to live the same life as everyone around you.
Without money that freedom is that much harder to obtain.
I could quite my job tomorrow to gain my freedom but without first funding my Life Fund, that freedom isn’t going to last long – not without drastic transformation which doesn’t fit with the life vision I want.
Figuring out what is truly important in your life and developing a plan to get there is essential to helping you on your journey to freedom. This small step can save you both time and money when you realize what activities and purchases don’t bring you any value. You can cut the waste and concentrate more on the things that matter to you.
This is why I spend so much time thinking about how I want my story to look like. Do I want it to be a story based on constant work and ever increasing stress or one of freedom and the ability to spend my time doing the things I enjoy? Whatever my story ends up being, I want to be in-charge of writing it, not having it written for me.
As 2016 comes to a close, think about what things you can concentrate on in 2017 that will move you closer to winning your freedom. Maybe there are bills that can be cut, a career move to make, or you decide it is time to cut an activity that doesn’t move you forward from your life. These actions might make all the difference in finally gaining the freedom to live your life.
How do you actively work towards freedom?