It’s a few hours to midnight. Not an ordinary night I must say. Only a few hours left before we enter the New Year! Somewhere, in the distance, the clock is ticking furiously as though trying to warn me against the running time.
I’ve been sitting at my desk, staring at the wall, thinking a lot. ‘About what?’ you may ask. Dreams. Goals. Plans. Money. The future. Ideas. Resolutions. The list goes on like a soldier with a machine gun firing at the enemies. I’ve been trying to fight against it with sleep. Unfortunately, this has left me in a turmoil, more like a tornado of words spinning in my head.
I feel as though I’m sitting in the middle of a warzone with nothing but merely, the laptop, internet connection and mobile in hand, and of course the blinking cursor on the word document that, like a captain, reminds me that I must type. Type. Type. And Type.
Outside, the streets are obnoxiously quiet. The feeling is surreal. It’s as though an enemy is crouching behind the trees, awaiting to attack. Of course, I know the enemy is out there!
I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I start thinking. Again.
I know I have a sword (the keyboard and mouse). I have a shield (hopefully I can rely on the battered backspace key or perhaps call a friend to advice me against the incoming bullets). And I definitely have a helmet (the internet).
I know what lies ahead of me. The enemy! I know it’s sitting out there, out of sight however. Maybe it’s in the next door house, behind the walls, in bushes – masked, or perhaps in the dugout ditches on the road. The enemy is going to attack soon…most probably at the crack of dusk.
So who’s the intimidating enemy?
The New Year’s Resolution.
I dread the numerous familiar interactions with families, friends, neighbours, colleagues and of course the common ‘friends of friends’, all of whom will be gathered in the evening tomorrow to celebrate the beginning of a New Year! The general conversation would be ‘Oh hello there! Happy New Year! How have you been? It’s a long time. Look at you…you look so pretty and grown up. So what’s your New Year’s resolutions?’ (It’s happens all so swiftly as though the enemy has thrown a bomb across the line. It’s the bullets and swords, suddenly striking again into the small delicate tissues of your brain.)
I already feel so exhausted thinking about it. It’s one hour to midnight before the New Year fireworks begin. My brain cells are screaming at me, or rather ordering me to agree on a battle plan and be valiant like Harry Potter or The Hobbit – Bilbo Baggins or as Dr. Ryan Stone in Gravity.
I give in to my brain’s commands. I accept the mission to list out my New Year resolutions. Mission Impossible – Yes, that’s what I’ll call it! (Sadly, this will not have the handsome Tom Cruise speeding away in a car to fight whatever he has to fight with energetic music streaming in the background!) Moreover, the Mission Impossible will have lots of other impossible missions when I have my resolutions laid out. But I shall be prepared. I’ll use my sword, shield and helmet. And if I have to, I’ll fetch the broomstick to fly and reach out to the stars!
So here’s me inspiring myself and hoping to motivate you all!
Those who are entering the financial freedom battlefield, here’s some inspiration form James Allen:
Of all of the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening and fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this – that you are the master of your thought, the molder of our character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment and destiny.
Finally, from the battle troupe of Life & Money, here’s wishing you all a Prosperous New Year. May the magic and the wonder of the holiday season stay with you throughout the coming year!
PS: What’s your New Year’s Financial Resolutions?
Feel free to mention them below, or join us in an upcoming workshop on how to match your money with your goals and dreams!