You’re on a mission to earn more and save as much as possible. There is only one thing standing in your way. Debt.
To build a solid financial foundation you first need to free yourself from the burden of debt. In order to do this you need to be as mentally prepared as you are physically prepared.
While it’s easy to put a debt pay off plan on paper, following through is tough. Before you set out on your journey to become debt free there are three things you need to know.
# 1 – You Are Going to Have to Make Sacrifices
If you already have your debt freedom plan on paper you’ve likely made many budget cuts with your pencil. Now you need to make them in real life. Once you set out to put your plan in place you’ll be presented with many difficult situations each day.
For instance, instead of eating out at lunch you’ve chosen to brown bag it. This seems easy until you are sitting in a room full of coworkers who are eating take out while you’re eating a PB&J sandwich.
You’ll also have to learn how to limit your impulse purchases, nix your shopping, and skip out on life’s little luxuries. You may also have to make bigger sacrifices like moving into a smaller home or selling a car.
It might seem hard to make these sacrifices now but in the end it will all be worth it.
# 2 – You Will Constantly Learn
Your debt payoff plan will be faced with its fair share of challenges – and that’s okay. Sometimes you will fall off the wagon. Sometimes you will exceed your expectations. But you will definitely learn about yourself as you embark upon your debt free journey. You’ll learn about your strengths and weaknesses which will help you formulate an even stronger plan for yourself.
Resisting temptation and making sacrifices will only make you stronger in the end.
# 3 – Paying Off Debt Takes Time
As much as you would like to snap your fingers and make your debt banish it simply just cannot happen. It likely took you a long time to accumulate your debt and it’s going to take you even longer to get rid of it.
Paying off debt is a marathon, not a sprint. It could take you months to pay off your debt or it could take you years.
No matter how long it’s going to take you need to have your head in the game and commit to a long term plan.
When it comes to paying off debt you need to be mentally prepared. Paying off debt is an uphill battle at times. Sacrifices have to be made and your heart has to be in it to find success.
With a solid plan and a strong commitment you can dig your way out. In the end all of the sacrifices and challenges you face while paying off debt will only make you a stronger person.