Most often than not, we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to espousing self-defeating thoughts that keep us stuck in an unhealthy financial limbo. In freelancing where projects start and end with rarely a moment’s notice, keeping yourself financially afloat can be a tall order at times. Being trapped in a period without financial progress is never a good feeling and more so, if it causes strain to other aspects of our lives. It’s a position no one would be most likely proud of because it only serves to reaffirm that we are doing something wrong in how we’re addressing a particular issue.
There are in fact various kinds of negative self-talk that may be doing you more harm than you first thought and these are the following: criticizing ourselves, engendering a hopeless outlook, heedless worrying and wrong concepts of financial idealization. Once you have recognized what kinds of thoughts you are most often fostering in your mind, then it will be much easier to counteract it overtime.
Keep From Over-Criticizing Your Financial Failures
Although it is usually helpful to assess our own mistakes so we don’t repeat the same errors again, excessive faultfinding in essence, can be denigrating to one’s self esteem and performance, especially if you’re basing it on the figures you’re pocketing.
The best way to combat this kind of thinking is to develop self-compassion for yourself and focusing on what matters—that you can create another opportunity to bounce back. Acknowledge the fact that isolated cases of failure will not always mean that you’re bound to fail every time. You can turn around your inner voice to reflect more positive affirmations if you refuse to engage in self-contempt.
Abandon Having a Hopeless Outlook
There’s nothing more powerful than espousing a hopeless outlook to beat you down even before you start. This kind of perspective inhibits your actions and causes you to sabotage your own financial progress. Fundamentally, what you always think in your mind will more or less manifest in due time.
A lot of people do not realize how powerful their minds are. Unknowingly, they fail to see that one can only be happy as they make their mind to be, and no money in the world can make a deeper, more long-term difference than that.
Stop Heedless Worrying
At a certain extent, worrying is beneficial if it spurs you into action or to solve a particular problem. However, once it becomes an all-consuming fixation then it’s high time that you learn how to manage your financial anxiety.
One of the biggest consequences of immoderate anxiety is that it can be unrelentingly paralyzing. This can then cause you to hesitate in between your current state and possible actions that you have to take in order to make a satisfying financial progress.
Get Rid of Wrong Concepts of Financial Ideals
A lot of people waste their time trying to reach the zenith of their financial ideals when in actuality; it is something that can never be fully attainable. Every achieved goal is set to be replaced by an even bigger goal, making for a cycle that never ends.
Although you can’t always achieve your notion of financial ideal in your life, all you need to do is to make the best out of whatever circumstances you may be in. As my favorite saying goes, “It’s not what hand you are dealt with that spells financial success, but the way you play it that determines the result of the game.”
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