Make Time Each Day to Live and Grow
Every day can be a challenge for some people just to get up in the morning. I live on the East Coast in Upstate New York, and it is freezing cold with the temperatures dipping down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Believe me, getting up and hitting the cold floor is not fun. All I want to do is go back to bed and stay warm and cozy under the blankets.
But I know I am not a bear, and can’t just hibernate all winter long. It is so easy to get lethargic, depressed, and not bother especially now in these uncertain times with the pandemic. This is the reason why it is more important now than ever to set some time aside to learn new things like learning a new language, learning how to play a musical instrument, or even learning how to become an investor to help your finances grow.
It is a good idea to read books about investing. This will give you knowledge from the experts and will suggest a path to follow. Do a search for some of the best investment books for beginners. What you learn just might give you the push you need to begin your investment journey.
I have never invested before. I would live paycheck to paycheck and always made sure my bills were paid on time with not much leftover. I have always been interested in investing, but I really didn’t think that I was capable of making investments. I was horrible with numbers and I didn’t think I had the patience to learn something this difficult—or so I thought.
Set aside time each day
- Dedicate a time out that works for you
- Make it consistent
- Avoid distractions
- Find a focus zone
- Set a timer
- Have patience
They say that the best way to get into a new habit is to be consistent about the time of day that you perform this activity. Set a timer that you will keep reading or writing for 20 minutes until the timer stops. Find a place where you can truly focus and be in the zone! Within two weeks, I understood simple terms about investing and I realized that I could do this.
I started dedicating twenty minutes a day to read these books on investing. At first, I have to admit, it was like a foreign language to me. But as I consistently read every day, the easier it would get and I was understanding this language.
Investing in Turbulent times
Transition is a part of life. Change is constant. There is never a perfect time to start a new project, write that book, buy a new car. It is human to be anxious about the future and your finances. Nobody can look at a crystal ball and tell you where you will be or who you will marry in five years from now.
We all experience transition in our lives and many of us are very anxious about the future, especially now with this pandemic. Everything has to come to an end. Being prepared for the future is extremely important to provide for your family. As long as we are alive in this world, we have a purpose. Find yours.
Everyone is worried about something and it’s normal to be worried. But you should also learn how to navigate your thoughts and start steering your own future. It is yours to create. Thoughts do become things.
Some simple methods to help you each day are:
- Deep breathing
- Talking to someone
One of my favorite quotes has to be this one from the movie Shawshank Redemption. The story takes place at the Shawshank State Penitentiary. A banker, Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, is sentenced to life for the murders of his wife and her lover. He claims his innocence.
Every single person has a choice. They can either make an effort to get busy living, or they get busy dying. It is the tragic reality of life in Shawshank Prison, but it is the rule, so everyone has to follow it. This means something different for everybody. "Get busy living or get busy dying." Feel the fear and do it anyway.