When I started writing about my finances in April of 2005, I had one goal – I wanted to get out of debt! At its core, No Credit Needed is still a debt reduction blog. Sure, I now write about a wider array of topics, and my goals have changed and evolved, but the primary message of this site will always remain the same – Debt reduction rocks and it feels great to be debt free!
Over the past three years, I’ve written several articles and created several resources that might help those who are ready to get out of debt. (At the end of this article, I’ll link to a few of my favorites.) But, all of the resources in the world are useless, unless one has –
Unless you are ready to make some sacrifices, change some habits, and rework your spending patterns, you’ll never get out of debt. Three years ago, I looked into the mirror and said “Enough!”. I made up my mind, I stopped making excuses, I got mad, and I changed my life.
We live in strange times, where people make (and are allowed to make) a thousand excuses for their behaviors. And, to be honest, I’ve made my share of excuses, too. In the past, I would complain about my salary or talk about how I “needed” something or “could not do without” something. I would justify my foolish borrowing habits. Guess what? It didn’t matter if I could justify them or not, I still had to pay my debts!
Honestly, you have to go a little crazy. Get rid of the negative voices in your life and push yourself like you’ve never pushed yourself before. Write notes to yourself, put them in your wallet, and dare yourself to go off budget. Be different. Be weird. Be unique. Be the one person that you know who worries more about the future than about impressing people in the present. Trust me. When you are debt free and you’ve had a taste of financial peace, you really won’t care what other people think. And, you’ll be able to do more and help more and be more than you ever thought possible.
Stop waffling. Stop over-thinking. Stop looking for shortcuts, handouts, or, God help us, bailouts! Find the next step in the process and put everything that you have into taking that next step.
We go to work and we work hard and we bring home our paychecks. But, for some reason, many of us stop ‘working’ once the money is ‘ours’. Don’t be foolish. Work just as hard, if not harder, when managing your money as you did when earning it. Create a plan and follow the plan. Be a laser, not a flashlight. Direct all of your energy towards your next goal.
If you fall, keep your head up. Don’t let other people, the sheep-ple, keep you down. You have to be important to you. Your family has to be important to you. Your future has to be important to you. You deserve freedom. But, you have to keep your focus, keep you eyes on your goal, and you have to keep moving.
Pumped? Good! Here are some resources that might help you along the way. But, remember, this is YOUR debt reduction journey. You are in charge. You have just ‘hired’ yourself as manager of your finances. Do the best job that you can, continue to acquire more knowledge, and kick butt. Seriously, you can do this, if you want to bad enough.
These are just a few of my favorite resources. For even more, check out the debt reduction category in the archives.