Money woes seem to be a constant for some people. For many, living paycheck-to-paycheck means they’re one emergency or disaster away from a major financial emergency, maybe even homelessness. There’s one thing people who feel broke all the time are missing — and it isn’t the obvious. In most cases, the problem is a lack of perseverance.
The difference between those who struggle to get past their money problems and those who are financially secure isn’t about who has money and who doesn’t. Success is about setting a goal, having a plan and knowing when to cut your losses and shift focus. It’s never about giving up, though. You have to persevere and keep going.
Keep Your Eye On Your Target – Persevere At All Costs.
It’s All in Your Attitude
We’re not here to talk to you about having a positive mindset or practicing the law of attraction. It’s not realistic to tell people who are struggling that if they simply “think positive” they’ll suddenly have a bank account full of cash. That said, your attitude does play a huge role in your ability to find financial success.
Let’s take a specific look at your attitude towards perseverance. Perseverance is not giving up when things are rough, when you feel like you’ve been run over and life keeps handing you lemons, or when you’re just plain exhausted. It’s about having a resilient attitude, one that helps you to stay mentally tough so you can keep moving forward. This doesn’t mean you’re going to be happy all the time. It means you’re willing to keep moving forward even when life seems to truly suck. You have to keep going.
Easier said than done, right? Persevering doesn’t mean you can’t reevaluate your situation or change courses. As a matter of fact, those who do well at persevering know they have to take a step back from time to time. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider your situation and set new income goals:
- Is your goal worthy of your attention? Are you headed down a path that doesn’t promise the end result you once thought it did? It’s okay to acknowledge that the target has moved. In these cases you aren’t quitting — you’re just changing course. For example, maybe this means recognizing there is no room for growth or advancement at your current place of employment, so it’s time to move on.
- Is the course you’re on worth the cost? Don’t be afraid to cut your losses if your projects are crumbling before your eyes. It’s important to recognize that perseverance doesn’t mean you have to stick with something until it sucks you dry and causes further loss. Shift focus.
- Have you designed your big plan? You know what your goal is, so what action-steps will you take each day to get a little closer? Your goals may involve steps towards more education, applying for new jobs or even starting your own business. It doesn’t matter what your goal. Find the time each day to take a step towards it, even if it’s a baby step.
- Are you holding yourself accountable? Find someone you can trust to help push you towards your goals. Let that person know what your milestones are and what you plan to do to achieve them. Ask them to touch base regularly for updates. Having an accountability partner will help you stay focused on your income goals, whether you’re picking up side gigs or taking action steps towards becoming an entrepreneur.
Remember, life is a marathon. Attempting to sprint towards every financial goal you set will leave you frustrated and exhausted. The hardest part is trusting yourself and not giving up. Perseverance will get you where you want to go.