Getting into debt is easy – you click a few buttons here, type something there, and presto! You’ve got what you want on the spot. To get out of debt – well, that’s another story. It takes a certain state of mind to take on something as serious as debt.
While it’s true that you can’t just wish your debt away, changing the way you perceive it will help you deal with it better. When messages keep flooding in from debt collectors, it sure can feel like the pressure is too much. You don’t have to crack, just give these strategies a go:
Do the Numbers
They say “keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” If debt is your enemy, then getting closer means knowing and understanding it inside out. Go back and read the fine print of every loan and credit card you have. Keep in mind that there are different ways of dealing with different kinds of debt, so you have to explore your options.
The intoxication of wanting something and the speed at which you can accumulate debt can be misleading. That’s why you need to know exactly what you’re getting into and how to get yourself out of it. Put your debts right next to your paycheck and your monthly budget and compare notes. Knowing all the details of your debt will help your mind truly register the situation you’re in. Though this sounds scary, it’s the first step to financial freedom.
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Have a Game Plan
The unknown can be overwhelming – the more mystery surrounds your debt situation, the more trouble you’re likely to get into. Pull out that calendar and try to see if you can plan out your payments strategically. If you have an idea of when the debt will be paid off, you can rest easy knowing you have an end date when the pressure will be released.
Don’t Play the Victim
Playing the blame game can really weigh you down. Of course, you had plans and hopes for your money but sometimes things don’t turn out the way we want them to. That doesn’t mean you should sit around sulking. Sadly, that won’t clear your debt.
Dust yourself off and show this debt what you’re made of. Remember, you need a fresh mind to deal with this. There’s nothing wrong with taking responsibility, but make sure you don’t infuse guilt into it – that’s just a recipe for sleepless nights.
Put Yourself Out There
There’s absolutely no need to be all cooped up in your room stressing about the problem. Instead, focus your energy on finding a solution. See if you can branch out into new streams of income. No matter how small, when it all comes together, it makes a big difference.
Sure, cutting back on your expenses can go a long way but there’s something empowering about earning more. Cutting costs might leave you feeling like life is getting worse, but finding new ways to make money can help you get your mojo back.
As if that wasn’t enough, getting yourself out there can open you up to even more opportunities, so when that debt is finally gone, you’ll have gotten something positive out of it.
Change Your Thinking
There’s a lot of negativity associated with debt. Practice gratitude and appreciate the things you have. Don’t magnify debt any larger than it should be, and be sure to find ways to have fun.
This is not a lifetime thing. You’re making progress with every payment, just keep at it, seek help when necessary, and believe in yourself.