For the better part of the last decade, the biggest worry I had in my life was personal finance and the foundation (or lack thereof) that I was building for my future.
My approach to this worry was, for the most part, to ignore it. I’d just make minimum payments and pretend that everything was fine, only to find myself pretty stressed out every time I was forced to look at it or when I’d sit up at night thinking about the future.
In short, I didn’t really address my big worry. I avoided it.
If I had only known the amount of peace that would have come into my life if I had just addressed the problem head on as soon as I identified it, I would have done it immediately.
In other words, the solution to the fixable problems in your life isn’t to avoid them, it’s to face them head on.
How did I address the personal finance problems in my life? Once I decided to face up to the situation, I took an immediate action to take some of the pressure off (selling off some things), then I engrossed myself in reading so that I could learn more, after which I developed a plan for myself that was reasonably in line with my life. Carrying through that plan brought me to success.
Since then, I’ve used the same approach to get my weight gain under control and tackle other health issues in my life, with success.
Now, I’m left with tackling other challenges in my life. What’s my biggest worry at the moment? Honestly, it’s probably my parenting skills.
What can I do about it?
First, I start off with a burst of doing what I know how to do. Simply put, that means spend plenty of time with my children. I already do this, of course, but I’m going through a period right now where I’m spending some serious one-on-one time with each child with the focus of strengthening my relationship with them.
Second, I read. I have a big stack of parenting books on my Kindle and my library reserve list, from NurtureShock by Po Bronson to Bringing Up Geeks by Marybeth Hicks. This will provide me with the foundation I need for the next step.
Following a sufficient amount of reading, I’ll set forth a plan to accomplish what I want, which is to guide my children into an adulthood where they’re independent and have the skills they need to be able to chase their dreams.
What’s your biggest worry? How can you apply those three steps to addressing that worry? Most importantly, why not get started on it today?