Managing Your Finances Takes Time

Are you having difficulties taking control of your finances?┬áNo matter what the financial difficulty (whether it is being in debt or something else) the odds are that there is little you can do to fix your solution right NOW. It doesn’t mean that there is no hope or that you can’t make a decision to work on improving your financial state – it’s just that there is no quick fix in successfully managing your finances.

Financial Responsibility Takes Commitment

Most of the people that I talk to with financial difficulties don’t want to find a solution to their problem because it will take a lot of work to get themselves out of this position. While it would be nice to have an easy way to solve financial difficulties, life just isn’t that simple.

One of the reasons that successfully managing your finances takes time is because it is a constant battle. Today, we are exposed to more advertisements than ever before. There are not only advertisements on TV, but in our email, on our milk carton, and even on some privately-owned vehicles. While I am in favor of advertisement-funded services (as opposed to fee-based services), the ads can be overwhelming. It is no wonder why so many people struggle to resist buying the latest gadget or go into debt in order to have the nicest things on the block. If you are told something over and over, it will be hard to resist it.

Successfully managing your finances takes commitment and resolve. Once you set your mind on being responsible with your finances, it will take time to adjust to the new lifestyle. It’s very similar to quitting smoking. While some people can go cold turkey, not everyone can do it. Everyone will need to go at their own pace, but the basic truth remains the same for everyone. Regardless of whether you are perfect from here on out, it will take time to fix all of your financial disasters. Whether that is paying off debt, going back to school to get a better job, or any of the many other challenges that we face.

Understanding that it takes time to successfully correct your mistakes will go a long ways to solidify your resolve. You probably won’t be perfect, but if you keep working at it, in time you can undo most of your mistakes and free yourself from a lot of the stress that comes with living in debt or paycheck to paycheck. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you can’t fix it today or tomorrow.

6 Responses to Managing Your Finances Takes Time

  1. It takes commitment and time. Best way would be to form a set of habits and forget about the goal :)

  2. It took me quite a while to bounce back from my bad money habits. A couple years for sure. But like I always try to remember, good things take time. Plus, bad habits are hard to break.

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  5. JAMES says:

    It truly is all about habit. I recommend reading, “The Power of Habit”. Charles Duhigg informs us how habits are formed. It is a good book if you are prone to bad habits because it makes you aware of how they are formed, giving you the opportunity to change that bad habit.

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