Have you ever woken up and felt like doing nothing the whole day? It’s not about those days when it’s just laziness holding you back, no. I’m referring to days after working continuously on end, until you feel like you can’t take it, anymore.
At such a time, one of the primary sources of motivation to try and work is money. Now that there’s a rise of the gig economy, this is especially true for digital nomads, freelancers or contractors. For a salaried employee, well, you wouldn’t want to lose your job; if you have no other source of income.
We have grown up aiming to achieve success in our lives, and money is among the things we consider as what consists of success. Some people even have to resort to despicable means to earn a few bucks.
But, we’ve got to ask ourselves, “Is this healthy?” Just think about a different you, who doesn’t have little nor too much money but has enough to go by, and is content with such a lifestyle. What would you do differently with your life?
- Pursue your Passions
Many people have let go of their passions to follow the money. Maybe you could be among the most celebrated personalities in your field that the world has yet to see. You would take the time to find out what life has in store for you in a particular area.
You wouldn’t worry about being the best in that area or activity. The only thing in your mind would be to be the best you can be, and a better version of yourself. It wouldn’t be about making the most from your efforts in monetary terms, but giving your best in everything you do.
If you don’t believe me, read on why you should stop worrying about money.
- Choose a Different Career Path
I never pictured myself as someone who would be in the creative industry, maybe in the financial department. I was great at Mathematics, Physics was bae, but it is the one that got away. Well, we didn’t have STEM programs, when I was still in school. It would have given me an opportunity to discover whether it was the path for me or not.
Down the line, something else happened and I couldn’t get to experience it still. While in school, the only career choices I considered were ones that offered prestige, and those that most people deemed difficult, except for Medicine (I can’t stand the sight of blood or someone hurting, not to mention having to see or touch a corpse.)
Having an Actuarial Science background, I know people whose primary motivation to be actuaries, is the desire to secure a seat at the table of the “select” few actuaries, in the country. What drives them is to earn more and be admired by the rest.
It is all in the pursuit of what we deem as perfect. By the way, I am falling in love with what I do.
Moreover, according to Laura Carstensen, a psychologist, we should start our full-time careers around the age of 40. She is also the director of Stanford Center on Longevity.
- Be Present
Do you often say no to going out? Maybe you don’t have enough money to meet your needs, or you don’t want to hang out. If it’s the latter, it’s good that you are financially aware of your position.
However, this may become a detriment to fully living your experiences, especially if you always think about how much you can spend, rather than be enjoying whatever activity you are indulging in. It, however, doesn’t imply that you shouldn’t plan and manage your finances.
Create and stick to your budget, and when it’s time to let loose, then, don’t fail yourself. Worrying about money affects our relationships and health too.
When you feel helpless and powerless, it weakens your immune system. On the other hand, those people with a sense of power that’s inflated tend to suffer from narcissistic personality disorder and bipolar disorder.
- Embrace living with Contentment
I was once a person who didn’t know how to react to rejection, and it almost took a toll on me. I had to learn to embrace failure and start living life one day at a time. Sometimes, everything will go to plan.
However, you’ve got to prepare for what life has in store for you. For when you least expect it, it hits you so hard, that only your zeal and faith in God, are going to help you get back up. When you start analysing your life with fresh eyes, you begin to notice the blessings you never realised.
For as long as you are breathing, there’s something you can do with your life.
They say money is the root of all evil. Those who have nothing could do everything to have something. On the other hand, those who have more than enough are looking for something to do with the much they have. It’s all just a vicious circle.
Our worry about money causes some of us to accrue debt to live in more debt. It just doesn’t make sense. It is so because money has become a way of communicating our self-worth.
Listen in and see if this applies to you:
To stop worrying about money, you need to change how you think.
Remember, whatever life brings your way; don’t be a worrier, be a warrior, even though, it may be tough.