Financial health is important to your overall well-being and, ultimately, your physical and mental health. Without question, your financial situation impacts your health, from your ability to afford nutritious food options to your decisions about when to seek medical care, and not to mention the stress it can cause. Creating financial wellness requires attention and action. You have the power to fuel a bright financial future. When you look into your financial future, do you see a bright one?
When Bellin Lifesaver Lyndsi Seymour looked into her financial future, she saw credit card debt – much like many Americans facing the stress of growing debt. Lyndsi’s story powerfully illustrates that we DO have the power to create a bright financial future. Here is some advice from Lyndsi for making any financial dream a reality:
- Be honest with yourself. Where are you now? Where are your bad spending habits? Let go of any guilt and judgment, and just be honest. Are you purchasing impulsively? Where are the “leaks in your bucket” like on-the-go coffee or another pair of shoes? Where could you cut back, re-use, or recycle in service of your higher goal? Look at your spending habits. You can’t change how you got here, but you can change where you go from here.
- Decide what you really want. How would it feel to hold keys to a new car or home? …To cut up your last credit card? …To take the boat out on the water? …Help someone in need? Get really clear on what matters to you, and begin to feel the emotions that reaching this goal would bring you. She recommends setting a goal. If you know where you want to end up, you can work backwards to determine the steps you need to take.
- Ask people for advice. Reach out to people who have already accomplished the goal you’re striving for. They can share information and ideas you might not have considered. Debt Reduction Services has helped people regain control of their finances since 1996.
- Do something every single day. Reaching your goal will happen little by little as you take at least one step every day to get there. Lyndsi believes checklists help you see and feel
your progress, no matter how small.
- Be proud instead of embarrassed. Sharing her journey with others has helped Lyndsi let go of the guilt. She learned that nobody has all the answers. By being open about her
situation, she hopes she might help someone else.
The financial health of our members matters to us here at Bellin Health Fitness. If you are a patient of Bellin Health, please find the many ways that we can work together to create a bright financial future.