As bloggers, one of our primary concerns is how many posts we should publish each week. Often, we set a schedule and then just blindly adhere to it, turning ourselves into slaves that need to feed the machine.
But this doesn’t only happen in blogging — it happens with our lifestyles, too. It’s easy to become a slave to your lifestyle if you’re not careful with your choices.
Do You Need to Keep That Job?
Among the most obvious ways you can become a slave to your lifestyle is with your job. Many of us stay in jobs we don’t like because we believe we need the money. And, of course, you feel like you can’t quit your job because you need to keep up with your lifestyle. Pretty soon, you’re stuck in a rut with your job, convinced that you need the pay, even though you aren’t that thrilled with the prospects.
In some cases, however, having a job you don’t like isn’t that big of a deal. If you don’t like the work, but you have other activities outside of the 9 to 5 that make you happy, clocking in for six to eight hours a day isn’t such a big deal.
But you still need to be careful. If you’re keeping a job because you rely on 100% of every paycheck for your financial destiny, you could be in trouble. You’ll never be able to leave, no matter how much you want to.
Have You Become a Slave to Your Image?
Are you trying to impress others with your items? It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you need to spend money to maintain a certain image or lifestyle. If you like that lifestyle, and can afford it, there isn’t anything wrong with that.
However, it might be time for a change if: you feel as though you’re backed into a corner, you’re not happy because you feel out of control, and/or you think you “have” to spend money on a laundry list of items to keep up with others.
When you start feeling like you have to work for the money to maintain your lifestyle, rather than having your money work for you, you could be falling into the position of lifestyle slavery.
Consider the Reasons Behind Your Lifestyle
To avoid becoming a slave to your lifestyle, you need to consider what motivates you. Why are you spending the way you do?
Think about the lifestyle you want to live, and consider whether or not your current job and spending habits are helping you achieve that. Instead of letting your lifestyle run you, think about how you can take control and do what you want to do.
Have you become a slave to your lifestyle? Why or why not?