"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt
"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway."- John Wayne
There's no doubt that changing your life and habits is hard work. I mean, you go from living in your comfort zone to flipping your whole life upside down. Often when people ask me about doing the Spending Fast and what it took to get out of debt I get the feeling that they want me to tell them that it was easy and that it didn't change my day-to-day life all that much. But it did.
You know those people that say they lose weight and they didn't have to do anything different? Like, "I eat cake for breakfast EVERYDAY and I lost weight! It's a miracle!"
Doing a Spending Fast, and changing your relationship with money is hard work and it's not like eating cake for breakfast everyday.
If you want to change your life, you have to change your life! That might seem like a silly thing to say but, really, if it was possible for me to keep doing what I was doing (spending money like crazy) and still get out of debt I would've picked that option. Changing your life and living debt-free takes work, time, and sacrifices. All of which are completely worth it when you come out on the other side debt-free and victorious but to think it won't be hard work to get to that point - that's just not reality.
I want to challenge you to look debt in the face and tell it to F- OFF! It's time to be done with the debt and remorse and over-spending once and for all!
It's scary to think about changing your life but you know what, it's also so freaking exciting! By getting on the path to live a debt-free life you're going to create a new future for yourself. One where you have choices and one where half your paycheck isn't going to pay for stuff you've already forgotten about and have already donated to the thrift store.
I probably sound all pumped up in this post and it's because I just read the latest Getting Out of Debt Pledgers posts and man, they just inspire the crap out of me.
So do it. Look fear in the face and saddle on up. It's time to change your life.