Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This is what debt freedom looks like
That grainy BlackBerry pic is the account summary from my last credit card statement. In case you can't read it, is says that I started with a balance of $679.45, I made $853.83 in purchases (had a business trip that was reimbursed), then paid that off, plus some to the tune of $1,015.28.
The end result is that I'm $500 from freedom, and that $500 will be gone tomorrow. So why'd I post that, besides the fact that I'm ridiculously excited to see the balance drop to zero? Because images are among the most powerful motivating tools you can have when working toward a goal. So for those of you accepting my $0 Balance Challenge, I want you to think about the most powerful images you can think of that would motivate you toward paying off that card and using credit more responsibly in the future.
For me, motivation was as simple as seeing the balance slowly come down from nearly $8,000 to almost zero over the course of a year. Anytime I was having a bad day, I'd log in to my account online and see where the balance was, reminding myself that I was inching closer to my goal. That's a good tool I'd recommend for most people: take the account summary from each month's statement, and tape them in order to a piece of posterboard, and hang the poster somewhere you can see it. You'll soon be looking at a visual history of the debt going away and know you're making progress.
For others, it could be looking at a picture of your family and knowing you're giving them greater financial security, of finding a picture of your dream house, car or TV and knowing the less credit card debt you have, the closer you are to obtaining those things.
Whatever your visual motivation is, find it today, put it somewhere prominent and look at it often. Stay motivated!