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I always thought starting was the hardest part - building up enough momentum to get you moving, but I'm finding that keeping that progress going is difficult. I'm a month into this and I'm already backsliding. I've been out to eat more than once per pay period, out to the bars, buying random junk. It's so easy to fall back into these bad habits, because they've been good to your dumb-ass. Providing you with instant reward for each of your 40 hours of hard work. I think the reason its so easy is that all of this stuff is readily available; in your face. I don't wake up everyday to a fat bank account, Tesla Model S or a free schedule so I'm not focused on saving or spending to maintain these things.
I suggest you make your goal visual by making a vision board. A quick search for what a vision board is returned the following: "A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal." Basically images of the things and lifestyle you want in a place you see often and consistently through out the day. My vision board would contain images of the above mentioned Tesla S, a home on acreage, a beach, a $10,000 check made out to me that has "monthly passive income" in the for section. I would then stick this board in my cubicle because this is the one place I spend a good amount of time. Currently sitting on my desk is a basic post-it note with 'grind' in all caps and 'Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard'. These are all great for getting me through a work day but don't do really much for my ultimate goals. I think I'll be making a vision board - might even make an extra one to stick on the bathroom mirror at home.
Another thing that keeps me going is consuming as much relative information as possible. I read and listen to all types of books, magazines, articles, blogs, and pod casts related to personal finance, real estate, early retirement, passive income investments, etc.. This constant flow of information keeps the dreams fresh and in the forefront of my mind. I'm currently listening to an audio-book by Grant Cardone titled 'The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure'. The author's story is pretty cool. He built a real estate portfolio worth over $350M from almost nothing. Another great read that really got me going on this journey is Robert Kyosaki's 'Rich Dad Poor Dad'. Hearing the stories of people who have achieved the things I want to achieve or learning of all the different ways there are to increase your income really get me going. If you want to build your own photography business; pick up a photography magazine or read a how-to on working Photoshop. Future dog breeders pick up an AKC manual on breed standards.
You become the company you keep. The people you devote your time and energy to have a HUGE impact on your life. Surround yourself with like-minded people. People who want the things you want. People who support your goals. People who are doing what you want to do. Stay away from those who mock your goals (this sometimes is a motivator 'cos tell me I can't and watch me prove you wrong) or just generally don't care whether you reach them or are afraid of you surpassing them and want to keep you at their level. It might sound like this: "You're getting ridiculous. You can spend the money and go out to lunch." "Do you really want to spend another 5 years in school?" "Marriages just don't last like they used to." "You want to retire by 30? *chuckle* Good luck." " The chances of this happening to you are almost non existent" Limit your exposure to these people if you can't avoid them all together. Instead, find a mentor. A guide. Someone to emulate. Someone who pushes you towards your goal.
All in all, get going and keep moving. Keep progressing. Time. Is. Passing. And she ain't waiting on you.
What moves you? What keeps you from giving up? Drop a comment!