I’m not sure when this popped into my head: “What am I really working for, here?”, but it helps to go over the exercise once a year at least.
At the start….
…it was to get rid of my debt. It’s all I could think about, that $60,000 monster on my back, cramping my style and sucking the life force out of me.
It made me a slave to my job, a slave to my manager, and basically ignore anything in my life because I was so intense on keeping my job to get out of debt.
…it is to be financially secure so that I will never have to feel like I am a slave to my job or the whims of my manager.
I also want to feel that if anything happens, I am prepared.
So what are you working for?
To get rid of your debt?
Pay for all of your furniture?
To be able to go out and eat fast food or at restaurants?
To drive a car that you use to sit in traffic in for 2 hours a day?
To be able to buy nice clothes and things, so you feel great about yourself?
Whatever it is, think about it, and from doing so, your priorities will emerge — the good and the bad.
Then from there, you can make the change.
If you are spending too much time and a large percentage of your net pay, paying for things you don’t really think should be your priorities, then change it.