If I ask you, what you are? What would you say?
Well, I can say; you are your habits.
Because your words become your actions, your action becomes your habit and you become your habits.
Most people struggling with financial crashes, job issues, debt, and the thing which can get you out is your habits.
Warner buffet always suggest people who would like to become debt-free people always one thing,
You cant change your life; Unless you change your habits.
So, warner buffet has a habit of reading 5+ newspapers every day, Bill gates have a habit of assessing his own progress on a tremendous scale and every small habit drives your life, actions, and your future simply.
Without getting delay, let’s get into our main agenda of habit making at a high pitch scale to led ourselves into a debt-free people list.
Now, we are going to unveil the most interesting and amazing things that one should habituate to lead a debt-free people lifestyle in every step of our life.
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Habits Of DEBT- Free People
1. Be a Smart Picker of Your Choices
Well, there is a famous quote that says “Your life does not depend on your situations, but it depends on your decision of choices”.
Here, everyone has a lot of choices in every context of life thing like preferring to have a cup of coffee at home rather than going to a coffee shop exclusively for a cup of coffee, try to go for a carpool or public travel to your office rather than going on your own vehicle.
Likewise, as I said above, you will have a lot of situations in life where you faced with this dilemma of choices to decide and remember, be a smart picker and choose which will save your money.
You may think it is small but a lot of smalls can become big. Think over it.
2. Never Ever Obsessed with Materialistic Pleasures
Every person has a lot of things in their mind when they get their first pay-check, Maybe beyond the limit of their income.
Most people think about a flat, a bike or a car, a brand-new mobile, and a couple of trendy outfits and accessories.
And they spent on those things and have taken the flat, bike on installment basis which was on an installment basis you know. But, believe me, that’s where you are facing yourself to the actual problem.
Because, if you lose your job the next month of your purchase of a brand-new bike, how you are going to pay off your installment?
If you are exposed to your friend’s mobile which was better than you, are you going to buy that one?
You cannot and you are going to pull yourself into debt, so never obsessed with this materialistic pleasure and try to live a humble and simple life rather than an overwhelming and costlier lifestyle.
3. Grab Your Mind Into Attention While Purchasing
Most of the people are not at all attentive while they are in their shopping and it’s even about in the case of groceries, shoes, outfits, or anything. They just pick it and paid it but never think about its usage.
Shop groceries what you want and purchase outfits if at all necessary, occasions are there to attend and customize your needs based on your availability and never let a penny get out of your pocket unnecessarily.
So, you can make out a way to a sophisticated life with a debt-free status of life.
4. Prefer Cash Payments Rather Than Cards
Even a moderate income-based employee can also maintain multiple credit cards.
Many people are urging themselves to possess cards nowadays. But, 60% of them are unable to pay off their debt on the basis of various reasons.
Reasons may be anything but the result is the same, “You are in debt”. So, it’s always advisable to make you all payments in cash rather than reaching for these credit cards which stand you every payment in debt, unless and until you clear it at the end of the month.
So, in order to place yourself in the list of debt-free people, prefer cash payments rather than cards.
5. Maintain a Balance Between Expenditures and Income
Everyone thinks that they are spending very low when compared to their income and when they checked into their bank account at the end of the month, they amazed to see their balance figures down from five digits to four digits.
This can even happen to you when you go out for a ride or a movie or carnival with friends and at the end of the eve, you find your pocket empty without knowing how you spent all your money.
That’s why it’s always suggestible to maintain a record of your expenditures and revise these with the income at the end of the month.
So, you come to know how to organize your expenses to make a balance between those two.
6. Have a Plan of the Budget of Your Own
The plan is the most important thing that one should need to lead a well-balanced and admiring lifestyle at all phases and it is very much appreciative and essential in the means of budget especially.
Do plan of your income today and divide the income into what you need and maintain a detailed sheet of your budget weekly, monthly and revise these sheets periodically to analyses your budget.
As I have been observed most of the people bankrupt and in situations of low-budget because of their wrong estimations about the budget and get their hands into the crisis of cash at the end which finally led to the debt.
Your plan is your life. Plan today, save today for a better tomorrow.
7. Never Let Your Lifestyle Out of Your Standards
It’s okay; to ride a normal bike until you get support to maintain a brand-new car; stay at a small portion until you afford a double bedroom flat; wear simple formals and casuals, until you earn to buy your stuff out of branded stores.
Be happy for what you have and work for what you want and that is the ultimate key to the excellence of your career.
Trust me, you are going to get that all if you make yourself comfortable within your standards of life and work for the future with a purpose of vision, discipline, and dedication.
8. Be a Pro-Active Planner and Take a Chance
If you have a wedding party to attend, don’t let yourself to pick a gift for the newly wedded at the last moment as it makes you pick fast and paid fast. But made a day on your schedule and take a chance of every possible availability and shop more to pick the best at cheap.
Here, it’s not the only case that people put themselves into this fast-spinning race of picking and shopping at high prices due to the lack of taking chance but there are a lot.
So, plan the events a long way back and take a chance at every step.
9. Maintain The Vision For Future
This is the most important one of them all, “Have a vision”
A vision for your job; A vision for your increment; And a vision for your flat. Simply, A vision for your future.
Especially in the case of financial intelligence, you should have a detailed vision about how you need to accumulate your savings??
Where you need to invest your savings?? How you need to increase your savings?? Maintain a vision at every phase of your life, so that your future will be in your vision.
10. Set Financial Goals
“A dream without a goal is just a dream” Sounds so perfect, right??
Of course, it is. Because you will run when you have something to catch, you will think when you have something to accomplish and you will strive and work when you have a goal to achieve.
Set a goal now, need to buy a car or a flat or invest in the stock market or could be anything of your choice.
But it should be a productive goal and remember to be a smart picker of your choices. Stay richer and always one among the debt-free people.
11. Master of Financial Intelligence
In my opinion, it does not matter when you get into play but it always matters how long you play, when the play especially comes under financial literacy and intelligence.
You may have an excellent background in academics and you have got an astonishing salary package in your placement; you may get married to a beautiful girl, bought a flat, and as things go on for a period of time.
There is no assurance that you won’t face any financial problems in the future, no one will be assured on
that unless and until you have mastered the financial intelligence which creates your lifestyle, career, and financial security at a high priority and this is the one we need most.
12. How To Master Financial Intelligence
So, basically, to improve this, I highly suggest the book reading and opinions of world-renowned authors, financial planners, successors available on various platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and other social communities.
The best book for financial literacy and intelligence is “Rich Dad Poor Dad”
Listen to lectures and phenomenal orientations of financial planners to habituate the characteristics of debt-free people.
And this book reading and opinion sharing will become the best habit one should possess to stay focus to make yourself debt-free people.
13. Try to Consume Every Dimension of Life
Real happiness is not found in luxuries, bars, parties, or the costliest accessories because it’s not found in things but it’s in you.
The way you see, you enjoy, you accept, you consume life gives you the ultimate happiness.
Rather than going to bars and parties, try to make a hangout with your friends at local parks, places. It’s even better to celebrate a birthday in your home with your family and friends than a full day-out for enjoyment
Like this at every step of your life, we should have various dimensions to experience which will save your money and give you intensive happiness at various phases of life.
Try to figure those things out and make your things work out.
14. Dream Big But Remain Small at the Journey
People are so distracted from the journey of achievement when they were trapped in the illusion of their journey as the real achievement and start to consume the fuel in the mid path which disables them to reach their actual goal.
It’s all about the journey that we need to concentrate on and the achievement that we need to consume.
Remain humble and stick to a simple and basic paid lifestyle until you make your dream empire to be strong enough to face any situation or problem that comes your way.
Save money, count the days, invest your money, potential, willpower, and hard work, and get amazing results in return.
15. Never Ever be a Clone
It’s not my opinion but it’s a study which summarizes that most people are so much interested in knowing what other people doing?? What other people buying?? Where other people going??
And trust me, this is one of the most pathetic things that they would ever do.
Because they are just cloning themselves like other people which leads to the wrong investments, over budget expenditures, low secured job settlements which even makes one’s life most unbalanced and out of control.
Ultimately this pushes them into debt.
So, I highly suggest that never rely on anyone’s opinions but take the opinions from as much as you can and based on those things, come into the best option that you could make and build the best life for yourself my friend.
And never ever be a clone and just be the best version of yourself out of all.
16. Assess Your Progress Frequently
Self-assessing can be considered as one of the best and tremendous ones to lead a debt-free people lifestyle.
When one should plan for a debt-free people lifestyle, he or she should give a hard hit at assessing his own progress at the job, salary, and especially at savings.
And frequently track your bills, incomes, and expenditures for a better picture of your support and investments. Through this continual process of assessing also, we can achieve a stage to stay out of debt.
And one should pay keen interest in this progress to stay out of debt faster and list your name proudly as debt-free person.
17. Always Remember the Space Between Past, Present, and Future
When most people started their initial days of the journey in their jobs, companies, institutions, or firms, they actually misunderstood the concepts of life.
Because, they think that they have done their job and this is their ultimate one, but the thing is a lifelong learner can only seek betterment in every step of his journey until the end and that is the most important thing forever.
When you step into a new phase of your life, remember what you were, what you are, and what you want to be.
Never ever confused with these three because this can simply limit one’s life to a certain extent.
When you spend something, make a balance between past and present for a debt-free people living and tension-free future but when you forgot the space between past and present then the future will be treacherous.
So be careful and, I just want you to be more aware and successful in your journey of life, my friend.
18. Take the Control Over Your Mind
When you control your mind, your mind can never push you into useless purchases, unsecured investments, low-paid job acceptances, and ultimately it never pushes you into debt.
The human mind is one of the most complex that can’t be completely explained either by neurologists or scientists who were still working on the functioning of mind impulses and their output.
One who masters his mind can master the world, your mind is the biggest treasure that you have whether for learning or earning or falling.
Anything is up to your mind, so navigate your thoughts in the way that your every input should make an impactful result in your job, salary, savings, job security, and your life.
Be quiet, think more than talking, understand more than complaining, accept more than blaming. Make yourself one of the debt-free people now.
TAKE THE CONTROL OVER YOUR MIND AND LIFE WILL BE IN YOUR CONTROL.
19. You Can’t Own It Unless You Paid It
I saw most of the people who were notified by banks, automobile companies, electronic stores for their delay in completing their installments in the purchase of a bike or A.C or washing banks or bill in the card.
But most obsessed to have things whether they buy them or rent them. You can’t own something unless you paid the entire amount for it.
If you bought a bike in monthly installments for one year and if you are cashless at the eleventh month your bike will be seized by the bank.
You ride it for 10 months for you paid for it for 10 months but it’s still not ours. Many people lend some money to pay the bills and like this, it may occur multiple times in life.
The final result is YOU ARE IN DEBT. So, own it rather than just rent it.
20. Learn Like an Achiever, Think Like a Billionaire
Be a lifelong learner, learn from everything, and apply it to everything. Losing is not for having no potential to succeed but having no potential to learn.
“Imagination may be powerful than knowledge but knowledge can only empower the imagination”
Learn the things, Grab the knowledge, empower your imagination, win your race. The way you see the problem is the real problem.
Thinking makes the difference all the time.
Think like a billionaire, learn like an achiever, and live like a legend.
Here we are at the end of the 20 golden principles for Debt-free people and hope you liked it.
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