The Best Defense…
As a financial coach, one of my key responsibilities is to teach you, my client, strategies to overcome your financial troubles and to start succeeding with money. When that happens, it frees you to be more generous and more available to follow your dreams. When that happens in the lives of enough people, it can change the world, and I love being a part of that.
But, I digress.
And I really just want to discuss that word strategy. It’s important. When you’re choosing a strategy, you are deciding on a plan of action, and developing tactics to fall back on when things don’t go according to that plan. Every winning strategy has two key components: Offense and defense.
This is your income. However it is that you go out and bring the money home is time spent on the offensive.
And we spend a lot of time and effort on the offensive.
We work long hours to earn overtime and get big bonuses.
We fight and negotiate for better raises and compensation.
If the money is good, we move into management. We might even change careers altogether.
There’s nothing wrong with having a great offense. In fact, without it, you’re not even in the game at all. You need to put forth your best effort if you want to succeed. Never sell yourself short when it comes to your income.
However, beware the opposite problem. You can’t spend all of your time and effort on the offense. There’s a common misconception that if you earn enough income, your money will take care of itself. That if your offense is good enough you can ignore your…
… and that’s a lie.
Your defense is all about your spending. How well you control every dollar leaving your home is time spent on the defensive.
And we don’t usually focus a lot of time or effort on the defensive. Spending still happens, because it has to, but we don’t like to think about the when, where, and why about each dollar that leaves.
Off the top of your head, do you know how much you spent on food last year? What about clothing?
How much do you annually spend on your electric bill? What about your mortgage payment?
How big a chunk of your yearly income do each one of those items take?
Being great on defense means not only knowing how much is going where, but also being careful and frugal when spending.
This is where I spend most of my time when coaching people. When a family is forced to come face to face with their poor spending habits and complete lack of defense, when they see how little they must have to survive, and how much is being wasted, they’re free to change. Their budget becomes the key to achieving goals and their ultimate success.
So, how’s your strategy? Is your offense hurting? There’s only so much you can cut before you have deal with your income. Don’t neglect your offense.
Is your defense in shambles? No matter how much you earn, you will always find ways to spend it if you don’t have a plan. You have to start making a budget. Don’t neglect your defense.
Questions: What’s your strategy? How’s your defense? Get political and think about how great your city government is on offense and defense. How could changing individual families habits affect the community you live in?
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