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Go Big or Go Home – Why Success Requires Bold Decisions

by The Happy Rock on February 29, 2008

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

– Albert Einstein

The truth in that little statement is profound. If we truly want to succeed in our financial life and with our life goals in general, we must be willing to fully commit to our dreams. Often we don’t do much more than give lip service to the big things in life. Now, if you are happy have average or slightly better than average results, than go right on doing same things as everyone else. If you keep using those credit cards, leasing cars, buying cars and houses that our over our price range, spending frivulously, and not saving we can expect to end up like everyone else. If you don’t want to end up like everyone else then we need to stop acting like everyone else.

  • Sell the truck that you have a $20,000 loan on.
  • Move to a place that will help you accomplish your dreams.
  • Cut up the credit cards and stop using debt.
  • Take a second job for a little while to get out of debt faster.
  • Stop worrying about what people think or how much they have.
  • Hang out with friends that will challenge you, not bring you down.
  • Drive a reliable beater.

The list could go on and on and on. Personally, I don’t really care what the exact decision is…but that you are paying attention and making intentional bold decisions to advance you towards your dreams.

What bold decisions have been running from?

Post your recent bold decisions in the comments sections as public declaration and an added level of accountability.

Here are my bold decisions.

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Matt February 29, 2008 at 9:34 am

For me the biggest step was stopping the unnecessary spending. I now question pretty much every purchase (even at the grocery store). I’ve learned that spending money doesn’t accomplish anything if you’re in debt. It comes down to being able to live below your means rather than above them.

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Steven February 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm

After I became debt free in 2005, I decided to give everything – and I mean everything – to two charity based thrift shops. And my books to the public library to sell at their annual book sale.

I now live a clutter free, stress free, debt free life.
And I’m loving it!

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Move To Portugal March 1, 2008 at 7:19 am

Does it count if you’re planning to go really bold in 4 years time! We are committed to paying off our mortgage and moving to Portugal in 2012. In the mean time we are bold daily in order to achieve our dream.

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The Happy Rock March 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm

@Matt – Big step Matt. Being intentional about your money and purchases is definitely bold! You won’t regret it!

@Steven – Wow, very bold. Makes a big difference, doesn’t it? I would actually consider something like that when we move. My wife and I hate clutter and constantly purge our place.

@Move to Portugal – Making the decision is very bold. Moving will just be an outflow of the daily bold decisions that will get your there! Awesome. I love to see people seriously chasing their dreams.

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Gloria June 25, 2008 at 9:42 am

As for mу biggest step was the desicion to give birth to my daughter without a husband

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The Happy Rock June 26, 2008 at 9:32 am

@Gloria – Children certainly do change your life and if your willing they can totally change it for the better. I know my mom’s life was turned around because of me!

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