Are You Still Only Halfway Finished?

by Ron Haynes

abandonedhome

I’m amazed at the number of half constructed homes that have been abandoned by builders, developers, homeowners, even banks. I’ve seen entire subdivisions abandoned, concrete slabs exposed to the elements, plumbing pipes erupting from the ground, rotted framing, and deteriorating roads and driveways. At one point, this home was a bank’s asset, a builder’s goal, and a customer’s dream.

How is your financial house? I hope it doesn’t look like this one: half finished, abandoned, and overgrown with weeds – essentially abandoned. Admittedly, some parts of your financial house may be under construction, but are you still making progress or have you taken a “time out” that shows no sign of ending?

End your time out

What was your original motivation for getting your finances in order?

  • Cut down by collection calls?
  • Weary of the worry?
  • Fearful of the future?
  • Preoccupied by payments?
  • Money monopolizing your mind?

If you’re going to get back on track, you’re going to have to relive those moments.

Avoid lifestyle inflation

It’s easy to fall off the wagon if you’ve hit a certain income level that allows you to more comfortably make those insipid payments, I know it was for me. When I had a little more breathing room, it was very easy to make those minimum payments and use the excess for lifestyle inflation.

But in essence, I was “broke at a different level.” On many occasions I’ve had to refocus my efforts to get rid of debt, save for the future, and make extra money. I had to do it by digging deep and remembering my WHY.

What about you? Are you sitting in a perpetual time out or have you been able to stay on track? Is your house half finished or are you still making real progress?

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About the author

Ron Haynes has written 1001 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.


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{ 3 comments }

Jackie

I’m in what feels like a temporary holding pattern for another month, but in reality I’m still making progress. But you’re right, refocusing regularly on the why is critical.

Jeff@MySuperChargedLife

It is so very easy to let important things in our lives go half finished. This is a good reality check for us. Year-end is a great time to review all the critical areas of your life to be sure you are still on track. Thanks for this!

Credit Girl

Now that you mention it, I do see a lot of halfway finished homes and that is just a reminder of our economy.

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