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Obstacles in handling money

by Chinkee Tan

Handling money is very challenging. Strange, the more we make, the more we spend. It is not a walk in the park most especially if you are targeting to raise an amount to secure a good future. It entails a lot of hard work and perseverance.

Encountering obstacles along the way is normal. However, there are also self-inflicted obstacles that could have been avoided if we went the extra mile. Very often, the key to our success lies in our own efforts and the amount of work we are willing to put in so that we can achieve our goals.

Here are the reasons why we tend to face obstacles in handling money:

1. LIVING FOR TODAY
Living only for today without having a strong consideration for what lies ahead can be very detrimental to our goal to be financially healthy in the future. Everything that we do and decide on at present has a significant impact on our future.

The “bahala na” attitude is a very basic example of a Filipino trait that often gets us into trouble. We focus too much on surviving today that we do not make concrete plans on how we can secure our future.

2. SPENDING MORE THAN WHAT WE CAN AFFORD
The saying “live within your means” is best understood when put into action. Quite often, we are tempted to spend on something we do not really need. In fact, some of us incur debts simply because we are trying to live a lifestyle that we cannot afford. This is a clear sign that we are mishandling our money.

3. INDISCRIMINATE USE OF CREDIT CARDS
Credit cards, when not used responsibly, can generate more problems than we care to anticipate. If we do not have the necessary DISCIPLINE, we will most likely fall into the trap of spending using our credits cards beyond our capacity to pay.

4. MAKING BAD FINANCIAL DECISIONS
Everybody makes bad financial decisions in life. It is normal. However, if we keep on making the same mistakes because we failed to learn from the past, this becomes a clear deterrent to our growth financially.

5. WRONG ATTITUDE ABOUT MONEY
We need to have a healthy concept of money or else we will never be able to achieve success when it comes to financial management. It always pays to learn from those who came before us and avoid the same mistakes that they did.

THINK. REFLECT. APPLY.
What are some obstacles you are facing when it comes to handling money? Are you willing to work hard in order to be better at handling money? What can you do to avoid these obstacles?

QUOTE

Making important sacrifices today means a brighter tomorrow.

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