Real Lasting Self-Esteem.
For some people, money is intricately connected to self-esteem. How much money they have, the car they drive, the neighborhood they live in, how big their house is, the private school their kids attend, the size of their stock portfolio, where they went to school – are all things that define who they are.
In short, the more toys they have, the better they think they are and the better they feel about themselves. This thinking has many flaws. First, it erroneously makes self-esteem contingent on how much you have. Second, it implies if you have things and lose them, you also lose your self-esteem. Third, it creates a heavy burden to keep and maintain things at whatever cost, forcing people to behave in a way contrary to what’s required for real and lasting self-esteem. And fourth, it suggests you disregard the significant number of rich people who hate themselves and the large number of less rich people who don’t.
Money is a means to an end.
No doubt for some people money equals self-esteem, but I invite you to see money as a means to an end, not as the end itself. Certainly, having toys adds to our comfort level, but the key to financial freedom is not how much we have, but how well we manage what we have. Financial freedom can be attained by anyone willing to understand the universal laws that govern money and wealth, its acquisition, and its use. People who grow up in abject poverty can become wealthy by their own efforts if they come to understand these laws and the importance of a mind-set of abundance, and put behind them poverty-consciousness. Also know that because financial freedom may mean something totally different for you than it does for someone else, the amount of money you have or acquire is irrelevant. It’s how you manage it that counts.
Financial freedom, like everything else worth having, is earned. It starts with a real desire to have it, followed by a disciplined and painstaking action. Do you want financial freedom? Are you willing to do anything for it? Does the idea of painstaking effort scare you?
What is one action that you can take today? Perhaps it’s putting a plan in writing or paying off one small debt.
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