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Layin’ It on the Line: A new year, a new you – Embracing positivity with smarter finances

By Lyle Boss - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Dec 27, 2023

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Lyle Boss

As the confetti settles and the calendar flips to 2024, a familiar buzz takes hold. Hope whispers promises of new beginnings, and ambition stirs with dreams of a fresh start. While many of these aspirations revolve around personal goals, one crucial aspect often takes a backseat: our finances. Yet, this year, let's rewrite the narrative. Let's make financial positivity a cornerstone of our New Year's resolutions, a path to greater control, security and, ultimately, a brighter future.

The past year may have held its challenges, financial or otherwise. Perhaps unexpected expenses arose, budgets felt strained or financial goals seemed frustratingly distant. But instead of dwelling on past difficulties, let's harness the positive power of the new year to create a roadmap for financial success.

Shifting the mindset: From fear to empowerment

Financial anxieties can often cast a long shadow, breeding fear and negativity. The first step toward positivity is shifting this perspective. Instead of viewing finances as a source of stress, let's reframe them as an opportunity for empowerment. This mindset change is crucial, for it transforms a daunting chore into a proactive process, fueled by a desire for control and growth.

Building the bricks of security: Laying the financial foundation

Empowerment comes from tangible action. To truly embrace financial positivity, we need to take concrete steps toward building a secure foundation. Here are some key strategies:

  • Knowledge is power: Dedicate time to understanding your finances. Track your income and expenses, identify areas of overspending, and research financial tools and resources.
  • Embrace the budget: Budgets are often viewed as constraints, but they can actually be liberating. Set realistic spending goals, allocate funds responsibly and empower yourself to say "no" to unnecessary purchases.
  • Debt doesn't define you: Tackle existing debt with a clear plan. Explore repayment options, consolidate high-interest loans and prioritize eliminating debt, one step at a time.

Planting the seeds of growth: Cultivating long-term habits

Financial security isn't just about the present; it's about setting ourselves up for success in the years to come. Cultivating positive financial habits now will reap rewards for years to come:

  • Invest in yourself: Education and skills development are valuable investments. Dedicate time and resources to upskilling, exploring new opportunities and increasing your earning potential.
  • Saving for the future: Even small, consistent savings add up over time. Start an emergency fund, contribute to retirement plans and set ambitious (yet achievable) long-term savings goals.
  • Embrace smart habits: Develop mindful spending habits. Research before buying, prioritize quality over quantity, and seek out alternatives like renting or swapping resources instead of owning everything outright.

Sharing the spark: Spreading positivity through financial wellness

Financial positivity isn't just about our own individual journey. It's a beacon that can illuminate the lives of those around us. Share your knowledge and experience, encourage others to embrace financial awareness and celebrate each other's successes. This creates a ripple effect, fostering a healthier, more positive financial environment for everyone.

A new year, a new chapter: It's time to move beyond the fear and negativity often associated with finances. This new year, let's choose positivity. Let's build a roadmap to financial security, brick by mindful brick, habit by empowering habit. Remember, it's not about instant perfection, but about consistent progress, fueled by a desire to thrive. This new year, let's write a new chapter for our finances, one page at a time, radiating financial positivity not just for ourselves but for the world around us.

Lyle Boss, a native Utahn, is a member of Syndicated Columnists, a national organization committed to a fully transparent approach to money management. Boss Financial, 955 Chambers St., Suite 250, Ogden, UT 84403. Telephone: 801-475-9400.

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