Just when you thought you were getting some momentum with your finances, something happens in your life that slows you down. Some people call that life. You never know what will happen but as long as you are prepared, you can weather it through. It’s like taking two steps forward and one step back. As long as you’re able to progress forward, taking a step back is just a blip in your journey.
One thing is for sure is that every time I take a step back, it is a life lesson. It is challenging. It is an opportunity to learn and grow. There was one time in my career where I became unemployed. It was my first time and my only time. Definitely a scary moment. At the time things were going well. I was dating my wife. I was traveling. I had bought a new car. I thought things were lining up, then unemployment happened.
Luckily, I had savings to help me through it until I was able to get employed again which wasn’t too long. However, it did set me back a little. I had to rebuild my savings. Having an emergency fund helped me get through this time. I was fortunate to build one up and encourage everyone to do the same. You never know what life will bring you.
Another step backwards I had was having serious medical issues. Not realizing how unhealthy I was, how unhealthy I was eating, and my unhealthy lifestyle, set me back a little. I’m living a healthier lifestyle and it is paying off and I mean literally.
For every step backwards, I always try to learn a lesson from it. What happened? Why did it happen? Was there anything I could have done to avoid it? What can I do to prevent this from happening again? What can I do to prepare for when it happens again? With life, you’ll have multiple steps backwards.
Each lesson builds experience. You become more knowledgeable because you now have the real-world life experience. How you handle the challenges will determine how you tackle your future. Whether it’s dealing with illness, death in the family, unemployment, divorce, bankruptcy, legal issues, or anything negative that makes you take step backwards, once you overcome the challenge you’ll be more knowledgeable to take the next two steps forward. If you are interested in following my journey, email subscribe to get alerts of latest posts or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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