Throughout life, challenges present themselves in various forms. For some, it is a constant battle with weight that leads to chronic health issues. For others, it is not making enough income to support your monthly bills. While both wear on you, the good news is that with perseverance, you can overcome and achieve success. The way to win the battle is to approach it with optimism. Forget the negatives and focus on how you can change things. After all, it is within your power.
For instance, if your situation is related to credit matters, avoid viewing what you owe as a lump sum. This will leave you shaking your head and may provoke you to throw in the towel. Rather, methodically dissect your finances into categories. Lists do work and it is time for you to evaluate where your money goes. Write down all of your monthly bills including your mortgage, rent, car payments, utilities and credit cards then move on to the others expenses such as food, gas and so on. A visual image of all your expenses will open your eyes to what you are really dealing with.
If your credit score is still intact, you can borrow against your home or if you rent, you can take out an unsecured loan to consolidate the debt. This will eliminate all the small payments that add up and give you a single monthly payment to deal with. If you’re in dire straits and your credit score has taken a hit, you still have options to get back to the black on your monthly budget. It’s just going to require you to step up to the plate and either borrow from a family member to consolidate or, if that’s not possible, take on a second job. While you will have to work more than you may want to, it will only take as long as you need to eliminate the debt.
With matters that involve being overweight, the same approach works. The only difference here is that you are going to have to list the times and amounts of food you eat daily. Once you see that you have developed a pattern of unhealthy and excessive snacking on paper, you can begin to find your weak times and patterns of self-destruction. For example, if 3:00 p.m. is your downfall time, create a satisfying and healthy snack that fills you up until dinner. This one step alone will pay off big. From there, move to reducing the plate size. As silly as this may sound to you, it works. Here, the visual plays an important role. When you see a full plate in front of you, you immediately feel as if you are eating enough and not dieting. Reducing the plate size reduces the intake without you ever feeling as if you are giving up on quantity.
Whether you struggle with weight or finances, the outcome can be a positive one with a focus on how to fix the problem versus giving up on the situation. Unlike mental illness, these areas are within your control and with perseverance and dedication, you can achieve success and reward yourself with lasting benefits.