Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 141 - Step 12: Celebrate Your Victories

March 4, 2011

I have developed a guide to help you (and me!) achieve the mindset and principles required to successfully become debt free.  This is the twelfth (and final!) in a series of posts about my Twelve Steps to Debt Freedom.

Step 12: Celebrate Your Victories or..
Winning With Charlie Sheen.

"I'm bi-winning. I win here, and I win there."
graur razvan ionut /
All right, it's time to stop for a moment, take a page out of Charlie's Chicken Soup for the Soul and tell yourself how absolutely bitchin' you are for making it to step 12.  This is not an easy feat - only those who are descendants of Adonis and who are filled with the coveted Tiger Blood can make it this far.

Seriously, this is a key moment in your debt free plan - reflection.  What did you accomplish with Steps 1 through 11?  What type of progress did you make? How much debt did you pay off? Many people (myself included) short change themselves when it comes to complimenting yourself. If your good friend had accomplished what you have, what would your response be? Apathy or excitement? Lack of interest or a willingness to hear about these successes? Treat yourself with the same respect you would have with any of your friends or family on the same path. Shout it to the mountaintops!!

"I'm so tired of pretending my life is not perfect and bitchin'." 

Now take this momentum that you have created and go with it. Do a quick review of the steps you accomplished and see if you can expand on that success. My biggest success? Sticking with my plan for 141 days so far and building confidence that I can keep successfully paying down debt for another 141. 

We all need a little Charlie Sheen in our lives every once in a while (minus the hookers and blow). Share your success stories with me.

"Most of the time, and this includes naps, I'm an F-18 bro, and I will destroy you in the air and deploy my ordnance to the ground."

I said A LITTLE.

That's better. Stay tuned,
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