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In honor of Financial Literacy Month, we created a microsite that offers 30 simple steps to financial wellness--one for each day of the month. To enrich the experience, we asked some amazing people to guest post during the month on a topic that is related to the day’s step. Their dedication to financial literacy is truly inspiring! Today, Sharon Lechter is discussing the importance of making a commitment. Ms. Lechter is an author, educator, and international speaker. She also serves on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Cliché, I know, but true. Taking the first step in anything is hard (like dieting and exercise), and it certainly holds true when it comes to financial health. We are barraged each and every day with the doom and gloom reports of the economy, stock markets and bailouts. Is it time to turn off your TV and replace all the doom and gloom with some bloom and boom?
The building blocks to financial well-being are made of focus, control and action. Fear has most people clenched in its grasp. Don’t let yourself be part of that group. Turn your financial fear into focus.
Focus on what you CAN control – your own spending and how you spend your time. Financial Literacy Month offers many tools and resources for financial education and tips for taking advantage of opportunities to increase your financial success. By taking control of your own financial decisions, you will not only impact your own financial well-being, your positive actions will also impact your community, your state, your nation and the world economies.
This is your opportunity to put yourself back in the driver’s seat! Review your last several months bank statements. Exactly what are you spending your money on? It adds up quickly. Did you know that if you brewed your favorite coffee at home instead of buying it on the way to work every morning you could save yourself over $1000 this year? (And that is just one cup a day…) With that simple change in your routine, you would save $1000 and still have your favorite coffee every morning!
Do a thorough review of your bills and you might just find:
During Financial Literacy Month take advantage of the opportunities being offered. Make a pledge to yourself that you are ready, willing and able to take responsibility of your financial future. It is the first step towards achieving financial health. It is during times like these when great fortunes will be made by people who educate themselves and take action.
There is a saying, “For things to change, you must change.” The first step is always the hardest. Promise yourself to do just one thing at a time….and start today! By taking action today...Tomorrow will be a brighter day…filled with Bloom and Boom!
Thank you! Sharon Lechter Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy Founder and CEO of Pay Your Family First Author of Think and Grow Rich – Three Feet From Gold Co-author of Rich Dad Poor Dad email@example.com www.youthpreneur.com
I know a lot about my money but I understand almost nothing about it. It is understanding it that I want to more.
Thanks for the inspiration! The first step always seems the hardest in any situation but taking things one step at a time and realizing that it will take time is definitely motivating. And I like "1 + 1 can equal 11 — if you put your heads together." --kind of corny but still true!
I want to reduce spending
I am so glad I stumbled onto this website. I am financially illiterate and I want to control my spending to create "bloom and boom."
step #1 Thanks
ready to begin:)
I'm ready and willing to do my part for change to take place in my finances
I like the idea of getting together with friends to make $ doing something you like.
Totally agree with the two minute rule. There are so many opportunities to 'spend' these days that backing out of the store (or away from your computer) just makes good sense.
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