I have been told that once you figure out what you want, you have to know why you want it. This is called your “Why.” It is set in place so that you will stay motivated. Whenever you get down or weary, you refer to your “why.” Whenever you start slacking and you lose focus, you refer back to you “why.” You have to remember why you’re doing it. Also, your why has to be strong enough to accomplish your goal. My wife always says, “check your motives!” So, what’s your motivation?
To practice what I preach. I wanted to complete the exercise of naming my “why.” I feel that it is important and that I can get some accountability while on my journey to achieving financial freedom.
While growing up, I was exposed to the lack of money, evictions, utilities being cut off, the lack of food, and unplanned emergencies. I saw the stress my mother had to deal with. I always knew something was wrong even when my mom tried to hide it from us. She would bend over backwards just to give us what we wanted and desired. I have experienced a few financial challenges. I have come close to experiencing the same things while growing up.
Why I want financial freedom
To take off the limits
I want to be able to give my wife great birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays without being limited. I would like to buy a new pair of shoes every now & then. I would love to buy all the video game systems since I love video games so much.
I’m tired of being in the traditional mess of having to work a job just to meet the bills every month. I spend 40 hours per week selling my time just to receive a paycheck. That’s more time than I have to spend at home doing other things like spending time with my wife. I don’t want to be so consumed in work that I forget the more important things in life. With more time, I would be able to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ (if I’m called to minister from the pulpit). Also, I would have more time to travel than just wait for that once a year vacation. One of the currencies of wealthy people is time. They have more time to think of more ideas and handle important business.
Leave an inheritance
“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22
It would be cool to have a legacy like Abraham, the Kennedys, and the Rockefellers. I’m thinking generational for my family. All the curses stops with me. The blessings will continue. My son is not going to go through the same things that I went through. I’m going to create and be a great example.
Take care of God’s house
As you know, I take my relationship with Jesus seriously. I want to help my church, Zion Place Ministries, move into a new building since we are growing rapidly. A debt free church sounds great to me!
Take care of others and my parents
I want to help others get out of the financial rut and also help them whenever they are in need. I’m a firm believe in God’s law of sowing and reaping. I want to be able to pay off my mother & father’s mortgages. They have dealt with me for many years, it would be great to take the load off of them and give them less worries.
Take care of my wife
Before Kendra and I got married, she told me that she didn’t want to struggle like she saw her parents struggle. I promised her that we weren’t going to struggle. I’m holding my word and I want to make her happy.
Remember, knowing your “why” determines your motivation. A strong “why” gives strong results! Foundation is important when building a skyscraper. Start smart and strong!
Jay The Analyst
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