Money Trouble #6 – Faulty Systems

“Between believing and doing, there is a vast ocean.”

Does that quote ring true for you? Do you have things you believe to be good for you and want to do, but you can’t seem to “stick with it” for long? Or you simply don’t even know how to start?

Most people know the key to financial success is to “live on less than you earn.” We can all tout financial wisdom to each other and yet we don’t do them.

Why do we not do them? Why do we not do the things we believe are good for us? How do we swim the vast ocean between believing and doing?

Systems. Systems and habits are THE key to success in ANY area of life, and finances are NO exception. Those who create systems to reduce decisions, decrease work, and make productive habits automatic will be successful in anything they aim at. The problem is, few people are good at creating systems and habits. We beat ourselves up for a lack of willpower, but, the truth is, “willpower” may have nothing to do with it!

Did you know everyone has the same amount of willpower? Yep. It’s true. We do. Willpower is more like a battery than it is a muscle. The amount of power left in the battery changes depending on how many decisions you have made between the last recharge and how much energy a given decision drains. This is why sometimes you feel calm and in control, and other times you feel like the whole world is too loud, too needy, and you turn into a crazy person. Right? I know you know what I mean.

Your systems and habits help reduce the amount of energy any given task pulls from your willpower. They can essentially, take willpower out of the equation and make success basically automatic. Doesn’t that sound awesome!

Would you like to develop habits and systems for “automatic” success?

I suggest reading/listening to the book Atomic Habits. This an easy read and FULL of great strategies for starting/stopping any given habit.

If you are unsure of which habits to develop or you want to drastically increase your probability of success, I suggest financial coaching. Coaching adds serious power to your success and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!

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Published by Ruth Liebel

I am a mother of 4, wife of a surgeon and soldier, girl of the Southwest but I love The South. I am a formally educated financial counselor and a Ramsey Preferred Coach. I love my work and want to empower others to live abundantly through budget, boundaries, and beliefs. What can I help you accomplish today?