Both Mr. FE and I have failed miserably at keeping New Year’s resolutions, and we now understand that these frivolous attempts at making New Year’s resolutions are a complete waste of our time and energy.
Could it be that we are just a couple of flunkies who would much rather admit defeat and submit to our failures? Absolutely not, I tell you!
So why come forth now only a mere eleven days into the new year you may ask? The answer is simple. We’ve been enlightened! We’ve made an astute realization that we needed to look back, not forward, in order to achieve our goals and make peace with what works for us.
For us, it was simple. We required a map. A guide. A lifescript to behold. A way for us to wake up in the morning, face the day, and know that we have a chance to prove ourselves and feel confident that our mission will be accomplished. We wanted a plan that would kick butt. Specifically, Escapadian butt!
We Needed to Define Our Goal
When Mr. FE and I had our epiphany and decided that we wanted to embark upon a path to achieve F.I.R.E (Financial Independence, Retire Early), we needed to first understand exactly what financial independence meant to us. We knew it was important to feel comfortable in the footsteps we were about to lay forward. Without a defined goal, it would have been all too easy to get lost in the process, thus, making this the most important step in order for us to solidify our wants and desires.
Creating Baby Steps is Key
We knew that in order to achieve the dream of being financially independent, that we would need to create a detailed plan. A step-by-step guide ensuring that if our plan was strategically followed, failure was not an option. An achievable set of baby steps so we could see the progress before our very eyes. Without a plan, we would have been directionless, and quite possibly overwhelmed with the seemingly daunting task we were about to face.
Devoting Time is a Must
We realized that most goals, especially financial, are not achieved overnight. Therefore, we understood the importance of routine dedication. A renewal or rebirth of sorts. Being able to analyze and reassess our plan of action and review any necessary improvements that may have to be made. A chance to regroup and put our heads together to smooth out any kinks. To be able to remind ourselves of the reason why we set out on this long journey in the first place, and to solidify our path moving forward. We feared that the absence of time devoted may have had a detrimental effect, and potentially lead us to failure.
Embrace the Occasional Failure
When we first put forth our mission to achieve F.I.R.E, we knew that we were about to endure a seemingly insurmountable challenge, and despite our best intentions and well thought out master plan, we understood that life is not a perfect path , and that sometimes even the best intentions can lead us astray. It’s a constant challenge we face in our quest to stare down consumerism and avoid everyday temptations. We soon realized that it was imperative to make peace with the fact that failures may occur.
To quote the hilarious Lily Tomlin-“The road to success is always under construction”
So this year when Mr. FE and I had made a New Year’s resolution to get healthier, but instead found ourselves inhaling a large, cheesy, gooey, hot pizza loaded with extra pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, and onions – followed by an enormous slice of cherry pie. We have decided to officially wave the white flag on New Year’s resolutions and get moving on that master plan!