The journey to financial wellness can sometimes leave us feeling alone, and as though no one else gets what we're experiencing. Oftentimes, it's not that others don't care; they might simply not understand the unique challenges and aspirations that define your financial journey.
Below, I will share what I've learned on my journey, the "what" and "how" of navigating these feelings when you believe no one gets your financial wellness journey.
1. Accept that Your Journey
One of the first things to remember is that everyone's financial path is unique. Your circumstances, goals, and challenges are your own. Embrace this individuality and recognize that your journey doesn't need to conform to someone else's expectations.
Action Step: Take some time to reflect and remind yourself what financial wellness means to you personally. Review your goals and aspirations, celebrate the steps you have already taken, and plan for the steps you want to take.
2. Get Support from Like-Minded Communities
While it might seem like no one in your immediate circle understands your financial wellness journey, there are communities out there filled with individuals facing similar challenges. Online forums, social media groups, and local meet-ups can connect you with people who are on similar paths.
Action Step: Explore online communities or social media groups related to personal finance, budgeting, investing, or any specific financial goals you have. Engage in conversations and seek advice from those who've been there.
3. Share Your Goals and Progress
Sometimes, the people around you may not understand your journey simply because you haven't shared it with them. Open up to trusted friends or family members about your financial goals and progress. They might not fully understand, but they can offer support and encouragement.
Action Step: Choose one person in your life whom you trust and share your financial goals and progress with them. This can be a significant step in feeling less isolated.
4. Educate Yourself Continuously
Take the initiative to educate yourself about personal finance, investments, and wealth-building strategies. The more knowledgeable you become, the more confident and empowered you'll feel in your financial journey.
Action Step: Set aside time each week to read books, articles, or listen to podcasts on financial topics that interest you. Knowledge is a powerful tool in your journey.
5. Celebrate Small Wins
Don't wait for a major financial milestone to acknowledge your progress. Celebrate small victories along the way, whether it's paying off a credit card, reaching a savings goal, or making your first investment.
Action Step: Create a list of small financial milestones and rewards for yourself when you achieve them. It's a great way to stay motivated.
6. Be Patient with Yourself
Understand that achieving financial wellness is a journey, and like any journey, it may have detours, bumps, and slow stretches. Be patient with yourself and don't be too hard on your progress.
Action Step: Practice self-compassion. Remember that financial wellness is about progress, not perfection.
Feeling like no one understands your financial wellness journey can be isolating, but remember that you are not alone in this experience. Embrace your unique journey, seek support from like-minded communities, share your goals, and continuously educate yourself. By taking these steps, you can gain more confidence and navigate your financial journey with resilience and determination.