Let Go of the Past
Making more money is about looking to the future, not dwelling on the past. Although it's very normal to look back in the early weeks of your financial life change and wish you could change the past, it's important to keep a positive outlook moving ahead.
According to Susan Thorne-Devin, MSW, executive director of Choices, Inc. in suburban Chicago, regret is just one of the emotions people often experience as they embark on a new financial path. “Denial, sadness, shame, guilt, regret and anger are all common emotions during the first few weeks of this change,” she says.
Whenever you feel these emotions creeping in, remember, you’re not alone. Acknowledge your mistakes and don't hold feelings back, but also, forgive yourself and forge ahead. Your new financial plan will rectify past mistakes and missed opportunities. If you need more help escaping your financial past, ask a question in our Making More Money Q&A.