I know they want to and are trying to convince you they can, but the government cannot control every aspect of life. Last week, we in Atlanta went through a MAJOR snowstorm. Well, really 2-3 inches, but major for here. For those of you familiar with the region, you know that even the talk of snow can, and often does, paralyze this city and region. Last week was no different, but for some they want to cast a blame. Sure, things could have been done differently but in every area there is one item missing from the discussion – human behavior.
The government, again they want to, cannot control human behavior. People are going to do what they wan to do. The decision making process of you and me is something that will affect us going forward. For every action, there is a reaction and, as we saw last week, that can be a painful reaction.
Consider this. Could adults have made better decisions? Yes, but lets not stop at the governor, or the mayor, or the road crews, or the meteorologists, or the school superintendents – everyone, and more than I have listed here, could have made better decisions. But what about the personal behavior of everyone else – people decided to send their kids to school, they decided to go to work, they decided to disregard what they knew winter weather would do to the region who is not equipped to handle even the smallest amounts of winter weather. They knew and they made a choice.
It is no different in your financial life. You are responsible for making the correct choices to move you forward in achieving the financial peace you desire. How do you make those choices?
- Saving for your future – are you planning and working towards the changes, known or unknown, that are going to affect you down the road. Things happen – are you prepared?
- Avoiding debt – are you avoiding all the opportunities to take on more debt while you aggressively work to eliminate what you have? Be aggressive and get rid of the sand bags of debt.
- Living within your wage – lay out a plan every month to manage the income you have. Live by your plan! Make the right choices!
- Setting the example to your children – what do your children learn from your financial choices?
- Avoiding the traps – Work together as a couple or, for the single person, with your accountability partner to make the right choices and avoid the pitfalls that often accompany our wrong choices.
See, we all make choices and there are definite repercussions to those choices we make. Last weeks’s snowstorm showed us that everyone can make better choices and that we, hopefully, learn from the choices that we do make. Are you always making the right choices? Likely not, but do you learn from them?
How are your choices affect you and your direction? Leave a comment so that all who read these can learn from all of our choices.