All posts tagged: values

The Necessary Nature of Trade-Offs in Personal Finance

After November’s mediocre showing, I’ve been reflecting on my actions over the past month. It’s clear that I was overzealous in my first debt payment, and in doing so I had to rely on my credit card to cover other expenses, which only succeeded in putting me in another bad spot. What I was lacking was the mindfulness of the full picture of my finances and I was failing to create space between impulse and payment. I wasn’t asking myself the right questions or taking the time to make sure the math checks out. I gave in to the excitement and adrenaline rush of paying off a huge amount of debt without considering if it was the ‘right’ choice for that time. Lesson learned. Everyday we’re faced with making decisions. We ask ourselves things like: Should I do X? Should I buy Y? Should I get rid of Z? But I believe what we should be asking ourselves are things like: Would I rather do X, or would I rather do Y? Should I buy …

Find Your Values and Prioritize Your Spending

One of the most important factors in personal finance success is prioritizing your spending in a way that is commensurate with your values. But what if you’re not sure what your values are? What are values? Values are those building-blocks that make each of us who we are. They are the things that you use to make decisions whether you’re aware of them or not. It’s important to call out that values are separate from morals. While culture and society may shape your morals, you, and you alone, define your values. How to Gain Clarity and Define Your Values By working to discover and name your values, you begin to build out explicit and strict criteria that can be used to make decisions in all areas of your life. My favorite value exploration exercise goes as follows: Grab some paper and something to write with Down the left side of the paper write down careers or jobs that you think you would enjoy Example: Historian, Author, Park Ranger On the right hand side write down …