Need to motivate yourself towards Financial Independence Retire Early (F.I.R.E.)? It can be hard to keep working towards your F.I.R.E. when you can’t see a lot of substantial progress.
You know you need to start saving, you know you need to make more money. But you are not acting on it or not being consistent in your efforts.
So how do you keep going towards your goal to retire early? You must keep yourself highly motivated to reach F.I.R.E.
Motivation is the ‘enthusiasm for doing something’ (Cambridge Dictionary).
Most folks lack constant motivation when the going gets rough or when they need more time and regular actions to reach their goals.
But take heart. When you use these proven 25 motivational tips, you will surely reach your F.I.R.E.
#1. Write down your F.I.R.E. goals
Use pen and paper or write down your goals on Evernote. Wherever it suits you. As long as you can access it easily. Recording your goals makes it more real. Look at your goals every day.
What are your F.I.R.E. goals?
-How much money do you need to become financially independent?
It depends on the lifestyle you want and whether you intend to work for yourself or stop working completely.
-How exactly are you going to reach your F.I.R.E ? What steps are you going to take?
Write down an overall plan and break in down into manageable steps.
Decide which actions you’re going to take first.
What is your timeline for reaching your interim goals?
-What information and inspiration do you need?
What books should you read?
What websites should you frequent to learn more about how best to reach financial independence? What books can you read to inspire yourself?
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#2. Make time your friend
Allow yourself more time than you think. Most of us can’t wait to achieve F.I.R.E. Me too.
However, it’s wise to develop patience and go easy on yourself. Be realistic. As everyone’s circumstances are different, reaching F.I.R.E. may take longer than you wish. But by accepting a longer time frame, you’ll not give up too soon. Instead, it will likely mean that you’ll succeed.
#3. Be flexible
If you can’t achieve some of your interim goals towards F.I.R.E. within the set time frame, there’s no need to beat yourself up.
Remind yourself that progress is being made. Since you’re the one setting the time frame, you have the liberty of extending that time frame.
#4. Pin your F.I.R.E. goals up
Display your F.I.R.E. plan in a prominent spot where you see it every day.
You can place it on your fridge door or bedside mirror. Read it at least once in the morning when you get up and in the evening before bed.
Carry a copy of it during the day and read it too.
#5. Say your goals aloud
Say your goals aloud with positive energy and feeling at least twice a day, e.g. in the morning or evening, to feel inspired.
Remind yourself that you have reached other goals in the past, and you’ll also hit your F.I.R.E. goals.
#6. Shower time
You can say your F.I.R.E. goals aloud in the shower too. Having a shower is relaxing.
This way of motivating yourself works even better when you are relaxed.
#7. Mirror, Mirror on the wall
Look at yourself in the mirror and say your goals aloud to yourself with conviction. Looking at your own image in the mirror and saying your F.I.R.E goals aloud directs positive energy towards yourself.
Try it. It is self-motivating.
#8. Read personal finance books
I highly recommend ‘I will Teach You To Be Rich’ by Ramit Sethi. He has combined the best of both worlds brilliantly – money and humor.
The best motivational book I’ve read is the ‘Magic of Thinking Big’ by David Schwartz. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself. Borrow it from your local library if you’re on a budget.
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Do whatever it takes to help you focus on achieving F.I.R.E.
If your homemade coffee or tea works, make yourself a cup. Turn off your phones, tabs, alerts, anything to reduce your distractions to zero. Focus is crucial when you are taking stock of your progress and improving the ways to save more and make more money.
#10. Use your ears
Listen to motivational CDs and positive affirmations.
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#11. Just start taking action towards F.I.R.E.
Don’t delay. Don’t make excuses.
Just start. Even if you think if your F.I.R.E. plan is not going to work.
Once you start taking action, it triggers your brain into the rhythm of continuing with more action. Soon you’ll find yourself getting into the swing of it.
For example, if you’re looking to save money, hunt for loose change in your house and collect them in a jar. This simple action of starting will motivate you to place more loose change into the jar, growing your savings.
#12. Don’t overthink
Don’t waste time overthinking – avoid paralysis from over-analysis. Just start working on your F.I.R.E goals.
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#13. Make reaching your goals easy
Darren from Problogger offers this wonderful tip : Schedule your goals.
So schedule your F.I.R.E. goals.
This makes it easy for yourself.
By scheduling the goals, you’ll see what you need to do and will start on it.
Scheduling what you need to do means you save time instead of trying to decide what you should do.
Sometimes, you may not get to complete a goal, but that’s fine. Whatever progress you’ve made is still taking you closer to your goals.
#14. Make an appointment with yourself
Set aside time to congratulate yourself each day.
Make a specific time every day to congratulate yourself on what you’ve achieved. No matter how small you think it is, you’ll have moved closer to your F.I.R.E
#15. Create a Vision board
You’ve probably heard of the visualization technique.
Depending on your personality, some people find it hard to visualize what they want.
To make this process easier for yourself, set up your vision board by pinning pictures or photos of your F.I.R.E. goals. For example, your dream home or the perfect getaway.
I know of a teen who looks daily at a picture of a vacation, with his own image superimposed in it. This vision board on his smartphone has been motivating him to make and save the money needed to go on his dream trip.
#16. Quiet Space
At the end of each day, spend 5 minutes to have a quiet space for yourself.
You can meditate or reflect.
Think about what you’ve done to move closer to F.I.R.E. What has been working for you? Keep doing it. Is there anything you need to change?
You can choose to lie down and close your eyes. Relax and slow your breathing down. This helps you to focus better. Think about your day’s success.
#17. It’s done
Imagine yourself as having already achieved F.I.R.E. Where are you? What are you enjoying doing? Include as many details as possible.
This is a very powerful visualization technique and has been used by successful people around the world.
#18. Positive self-talk
Keep motivating yourself with positive self-talk. Most of us are too hard on ourselves. Turn it around.
Encourage yourself daily. Yes, it may feel strange at first. But over time, you’ll gradually get into the habit of doing it.
#19. Anticipate your success
Build a sense of happy anticipation. Imagine what life is like when you’ve finally reached your ultimate destination – your F.I.R.E.
When you feel happy, your motivation is high.
Have you ever thought about this?
Just before going on a vacation, I’ve this strong urge to clean or tidy up my house. I usually turn a blind eye to the mess. But that sense of expectancy gives me the motivation to do what I dislike.
One way to create that happy feeling is to give yourself a reward for completing the work. It doesn’t have to be costly.
Collect a set of personal jokes. Read some of it before you make a start on something you don’t like to do. For example, saving up the money which you could have spent on that new sports gear.
Being relaxed and happy can be great motivation.
#21. Read blogs
Read blogs like this one to inspire yourself.
#22. Reach F.I.R.E. for others too
Lots of folks talk about going into your own ‘whys’ and how this increases your motivation. For example, I want to make a million dollars in 5 years’ time.
To me, your motivation is most powerful when you do something for others. When you want your loved ones to have a better future, your motivation to succeed financially will surpass that of your own personal needs.
When you’ve reached F.I.R.E, your ability to help your loved ones will be so much stronger.
So, combine “I want to have . . . for myself” with “I want my loved ones to have . . .”
#23. You’re already there
Where’s your ideal retirement spot? Search online for images and photos. Look for videos on the place. Save them and look at or watch them regularly.
Imagine you’re there. Make it so real that you can almost smell the sights and hear the sounds. The more details you can fit in, the better.
#24. Don’t fall into this trap
Did you know that practically all of us fall into this trap?
The comparison trap.
I had a fair share of this when I was growing up. Courtesy of my upbringing. My parent would say there was always someone else who was prettier (my cousin), richer (the same cousin who later married a multi millionaire) or smarter (my childhood friend).
Have you ever wondered why we always compare ourselves to someone else who is doing better?
Honestly, it saps our motivation super fast. This is where we need to replace it with gratitude.
Gratitude that you’re on your way towards achieving early retirement, that F.I.R.E. is within your grasp much sooner than you could have ever imagined.
Strengthen yourself mentally. Believe that you can and you will succeed in reaching your F.I.R.E.
Whatever your financial situation is, these motivational tips will jump start your journey towards F.I.R.E.
You need not use all of them. See which ones suit you best. You may even like to use different ones on different days.
Here’s a wish for all of you: F.I.R.E your dreams!
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