Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter you will no doubt have someone or know someone in your network that loves to take pictures, “show off”, their latest purchase.
The curiosity within us might wonder how they managed to afford these luxuries. This in itself is not a problem, the problem arises when we start to compare our own lives to these people and question our own life choices that have meant that we might not be able to afford such goods or envisaged where our lives would be.
In order to make ourselves feel better we might try and emulate these people and spend to an extent that is not inline with our income taking out loans and maxing out our credit cards placing ourselves into a into financial pit that might take a while to escape from if at all.
The falseness of keeping up with the Joneses
I’ve personally known people that on the surface have appeared to be doing very well and have all the trappings of success such as the material trappings associated with it,such as nice cars, big houses and holidays when they have wanted, the thing is that these same people are going through life like swans.
If you have ever seen a swan gliding across the waters they are majestic in their movement but under the surface they are paddling like crazy to get to their destination. These same people have had to go cap in hand to friends and family or in some instances have had to file for bankruptcy.
A touch of pity
Therefore we never really know how those that we are comparing ourselves to are truly affording this, but it’s no secret that people live beyond their means and in some instances we should take a step back and ask ourselves what is missing from their lives that they feel that the only acceptance that they have in life is by the posting of possessions.
Reviewing your financial mindset
If you have read any of my other posts you will know that I believe that you are not going to become financially free if your mind is not aligned with making money, therefore here are some views that are shared across the internet about what can be done to align your mind to financial freedom.
- Shift from a spending mindset to that of a saving mind
- Be ready to say yes to opportunities
- Believe that you are already financially free
- Consider money as positive and dispel your negative beliefs about money
- Set realistic timescales in achieving your financial goals