Do or do not, there is no try
One of my favorite life quotes isn’t from Mark Twain, Buddha, Abraham Lincoln or any other famous historical human. Instead, it’s from a little green guy who lives on a planet named Degobah. While this little green guy named Yoda from the Star Wars movies is full of awesome and inspiring quotes, my favorite is:
Do or do not, there is no try.
Simple words yes, but powerful meaning they have, hmmm? Okay, I’ll stop talking like Yoda. Seriously it’s a great quote and one that my children can quickly quote as well, as I constantly remind them of it every single time they say “I’m trying”.
How often in regard to your personal finances have you said “But I’m trying?” Generally that statement is proceeded with some type of statement like: “I’m not budgeting like I should…“, “I still use my credit cards…“, or “I can’t seem to keep any savings…“ But I’m trying…
Stop trying! Time to do or do not!
If you’re guilty of making these or similar statements, stop trying! The time has come to take control of your financial situation and do or do not. In my opinion, trying is an excuse that makes people feel better about not doing something they know they should be doing. Dedicate yourself 100% and do what you’ve been trying to do or stop trying to do it.
I truely believe that we can accomplish anything we set our minds too, it all boils down to how much effort we want to put towards it. I truely believe that regardless of how much you make that you can live on a budget, you can save, and you can be debt free. Doing so just requires commitment and sacrifice. Commitment is easy, sacrifice is hard.
Maybe you have a large (or even small) amount of debt and you’ve been trying to make a dent in it. Stop trying and make it happen. Here’s how:
- Make a commitment to yourself to stop using debt. Recognize that you are the problem, nobody else.
- Cut up your cards. Jesus said we should separate ourselves from our sins as far as the east is from the west. Why leave temptation laying around. Cut up your credit cards. You won’t miss them, I promise. We cut ours up two years ago and haven’t missed them once.
- Start a debt snowball. Use the proven process of a debt snowball to pay off your debt. Most all personal finance experts will agree a debt snowball is the most effective way to get out of debt. Add snowflaking to make it even more effective.
Have you been trying to save money, but just can’t? Time to stop trying. Head over to ING Direct and create an orange savings account. Link it to your primary checking account and set-up an automatic withdrawal. If you’re in debt, save a $1000-$2000 dollar emergency fund, and then stop saving. Begin applying the rest to debt to your debt snowball.
Once you make your savings automatic, there is not more trying, the saving just happens. Making your savings automatic removes you from the equation.
Have you been trying to budget? Today is the the day to stop trying. Start budgeting 100% right now. Download my free budget spreadsheet or better yet purchase a copy of YNAB Pro and spent an hour or so setting up your initial budget. Start following it today.
Don’t have the money in your budget to buy something? Don’t buy it. Have an unexpected and unplanned expense? Use your emergency fund (btw a new plasma TV isn’t an unexpected expense).
Create a budget today and start controlling your money rather than it controlling you. What? Budgets are for weak or geeky financial types? Wrong. Every successful corporation I have ever worked for has a budget. Read the Millionaire Next Door and you’ll find that even rich people live on budgets.
Make a commitment
Is there something you’ve been trying to do for a while but you just can’t seem to make it happen? Make a commitment to yourself today to stop trying and do or do not. Determine what it is that’s keeping you from doing and eliminate it. Even better, share your commitment with someone or share it below via a comment. When you make a commitment to others, it makes you significantly more likely to go through with it. That’s referred to as accountability.
What have you been trying to do? Make a commitment to do or do not today. Add a comment and make your commitment public.