Progression for progressions sake…this is something that I have succumbed to in the past, and I’m sure will again in the future.
My problem is that progress is quick at the beginning of a new pursuit and so the positive feedback received from the activity is both frequent and substantial. As the steep initial learning curve dies away so does the quick progress and the time between revelations increases. It’s at this point I’m in danger of looking for another new pursuit, after all learning new things is fun. With this I leave the old pursuit behind.
Looking back, there are plenty of things I have started, kept up for a few months before moving onto the next thing. It makes you wonder, if you had just kept up one of those things, how good would you be at it now?
Just a couple of minutes spent pondering over a cup of tea reveals the following past pursuits for Mr Z;
– Guitar (a couple of times)
– Motorbike track days (amazing, but ultimately too expensive)
– Motorbike maintenance
– Weight lifting
– Brazilian Jujitsu
– Accountancy (after qualifying I switched careers)
I’m sure there’s more. The only things that have seemed to stand the test of time are cycling, surfing and eating.
I really don’t want writing this blog or the pursuit of FI to become another of these items. One where the initial progression slows and my hyperactive mind looks to move onto the next thing to progress for progressions sake.
Learning new skills is a good thing. Nay, it’s a fucking excellent thing! I don’t think that we should ever stop learning and changing. The world isn’t going to stop changing and to completely resist it is just to get left behind.
BUT! I need to stop learning new things at the expense of carrying on with old pursuits.
So how does FI fit in?
For me, the motivation to write on here or to cut back spending, save more, researching investing and plan has been easy to come by to date. Especially with all the other far superior blogs to read. But this will, without a doubt waiver at some point. It needs to settle down into just being part of what I do, not that new exciting hobby.
The path to FI is a long journey and so it needs to be one that isn’t constantly met with resistance. It’s far too long to be constantly battling against the gravity of spending and the currents of consumerism if they are still embedded in your tiny brain. Let’s say I was saving hard with the goal of building up a nice nugget for financial independence but ruing missed spending opportunities and constantly feeling as if I was sacrificing my life….well…I probably would have sacked it all in by now. And yet I haven’t.
It’s all about changing your perspective and embedding new habits so that you can run on auto-pilot. It’s certainly not about setting yourself a restrictive budget every month, that you despise.