Sometimes we put an irrational amount of pressure on ourselves to achieve our financial goals. When we aren’t feeling at our best, we beat ourselves up, especially when we unconsciously compare ourselves to our ‘age mates’ which at times can feel like they are winning this invisible race society has created.
Make no mistake, I don’t question the happiness of those people who have posted their version of success on social media (which at times could be glitter not gold) however, what I question is our ability to asses whether we are allowing said news to contribute to the ridiculous amounts of pressure we put on ourselves, all because:
“I’m almost *insert age here* and I’m not married”
“I’ve been working my butt off, but can’t seem to save”
“I Should be further ahead in my career at my age”
“I should be buying my 1st home by now”
“I *insert negative self talk*
Social media has amongst other things created urgency to achieve things simply because everyone on our feeds are sharing their wins all at the same time.
Once upon a time in what we now call the dark ages (before facebook) we didn’t really have exposure to so many other ‘lanes’. Of course we would hear about other people’s successes, but it wouldn’t be so in your face.
What’s your point Joseph?! In short I’m pretty certain we as a society have become impatient. We are a generation that thrives of INSTANT gratification.
This is by no means a message to bash social media or encourage you to go off grid, but actually the key message I want you to take away from this is to stop. Take a breather. Stop putting yourself under the wrong kind of pressure. I guess it is a longer way of saying trust the process, and stay in your lane.
Think about the thing that is distracting you from your lane, realign yourself and go at your pace.
P.S. the more time you spend worrying and beating yourself up the less time you are spending on achieving your dreams. You’ve got this!