It happens, we all get to a point where our frustrations fester and nurture negativity and it drags us down, slowly at first until, before we know it, we are in the doldrums.
I have let my mood slip and my outlook to be frustrated and negative, I admit it. There comes a time when you need to stop, look at yourself and say “I am as far down as I am willing to go.”
This is not a major depression or anything like that, don’t me wrong, I’ve been there, and don’t intend to go back anytime soon.
No, this is just a mild case of the downers, with a downward slide. It could, however get worse if left unchecked, and that is what I am doing now.
The next natural question is how do you pull yourself out of them. I suppose the exact answer is different for each one of us but for me this is what works.
The first step is to recognize what is happening, check! After that, you need to identify what it is that is dragging you down.
For me that is the frustration of juxtaposing my current situation with where I want to be. In essence, my progress is not fast enough, part of me wants to get to the end faster.
I want to be debt free, I want to be on my piece of land and I want it to come to fruition now. This is not reasonable and perhaps not desirable, let me explain.
By going through this process, I am learning how to manage my finances as well as master my mental state. I am learning fiscal and resource prudency and yes a massive helping of patience.
I am also going to earn every square inch of that patch of ground that I will eventually own and settle on.
The main thing to do to pull yourself out of the doldrums is just to resolve to, decide to just get your head on straight and stop looking and feeling so negative.
Things will get better, things will improve but you need to stop and choose to see the good rather than see the negative.
For me, I need to continue to look at my progress, the good things in my life and move forward towards that eventual goal.
I know, intellectually that seventeen months is not that long a time until total debt freedom.
I also know that a little over a year after that is also not that long until I am able to buy a small piece of paradise with cash.
I need to continue to get out of my little house, meet people and perhaps socialize a bit more. (Thanks, bud.)
I will now look forward to this weekend and my trip to Lake Louise for the last outing of the summer. Fall is coming, and winter after that.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive and keep moving forward!