If you want to achieve financial freedom, then there are three words that you need to know about.
We’re excited to be bringing you this topic because, at the end of the day, our goal is to help you achieve financial freedom. We don’t want you to be bound by your 9 to 5 or shackled in a bunch of debt unable to make life decisions based on your passions but instead, you’re making life decisions based on a bunch of payments.
That’s why we’re bringing you this content because if you truly desire deep down in your heart to one day cross that finish line and say, “Yes, I have achieved financial freedom.”, then there are three words that you’re going to need to know. They’re going to have to be embedded in your vocabulary and have to be the very essence of who you are, the way you think, and the way you act.
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those three words are – “whatever it takes.” If you’re on a debt-free journey or if you’re just trying to find ways to be more responsible with your money, your motto is going to have to be whatever it takes.
Recently we’ve been teaching a financial stewardship class at our church and it is amazing to see the students that are in that class. You can literally pinpoint those who are saying, “I am going to do whatever it takes.” Some people are standing up to their young children and some even their grown children and telling them “no”. They’re declaring to them that they are going to have to pay for their own cell phone bill now, for example. “Mom and dad have to take care of their financial matters.”
People are cutting cable, they’re creating budgets, and they’re doing whatever it takes. That is because they no longer want to stay in the same financial position that they are currently in. The position that they’re in is not yielding them positive results. Instead, it’s yielding them stress, arguments, bad communication among spouses,and the like. Who wants to live like that? Being financially responsible does not have to be a burdensome thing. It does not have to be stressful whatsoever, but you are going to have to maintain an attitude that says whatever it takes.
In our marriage, as long as we are on one accord with our financial matters and decisions that we have to make, then we’re okay. Everybody on the outside may not necessarily be happy with our choices, but that’s okay. We know what we can handle and we know what we’re dealing with financially. Right now we are in the midst of paying off our mortgage and we are making some sacrifices.
Making sacrifices is not necessarily a bad thing because it teaches you self-control. It teaches you some discipline and it gives you that fighter attitude. We are doing whatever it takes and at times that may mean that we have to spend less time in the restaurants just so we can throw more money on that mortgage. If it means that we can’t go out with a group of friends because we’ve already spent the money in our budget for entertainment, then that’s whatever it takes. If we have to tell our children no, we won’t be able to go here today but maybe next month because we’ve already hit the max in our family fun, then it’s whatever it takes. Adopt that mindset of whatever it takes. You are going to go far in your financial journey.
You telling yourself and telling the world that you are willing to do whatever it takes is you drawing a line in the sand. You shifting your mentality and saying no matter, I am dedicated to the cause. I am going to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal. That automatically deletes any room for excuses, because it is easy to allow yourself to come up with a million and one reasons why you can’t achieve your financial goals.
When you adopt the mentality of saying whatever it takes, you start to believe it. You start to see that as the truth and your actions start to follow. You have no problem signing up for extra shifts at your job. You have no problems going and getting a second job. You have no problems cutting cable. You have no problems reducing your cell phone bill because you have adopted a mentality that tells you and you’re going to do whatever it takes because at the end of the day it’s temporary pain for a long-term gain. You’re going to have to go through a little bit of that bad word again – sacrifice now so that later on you can do whatever you want but you got to be willing to pay the price and you have to be willing to do whatever it takes.