At ease soldiers. I previously briefed you on the 4 Walls we need to destroy in order to win with money: Fear, Ignorance, Entitlement, and Comparison. We now know what’s behind enemy lines. But you might be asking yourself, “what resources can I use to take out the enemy?” Well, soldier, your weapons are Wisdom, Courage, and Contentment. They are your Sword, Shield, and Armor.
Wisdom whips Ignorance
Ignorance comes in two forms: pure and willful. The latter of the two is dangerous because it blinds people from seeing the truth about their circumstances. It takes a strong Sword to slay a silent killer like Ignorance. Fear not, because Wisdom is up to the task. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:7 that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Wisdom opens the eyes of the ignorant because it provides discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation. You can defeat Ignorance if you develop the habit of seeking wise counsel. There’s no way in the world we can do life on our own. The same is true when it comes to money. Find a good financial advisor that has the heart of a teacher and looks out for your best interests. Also, seek to understand what a concept, framework, or strategy means before you try to execute it as part of a financial plan.
Courage counteracts Fear
Offense alone may win you a few battles, but coupled with a strong defense, will win a war. Wisdom serves as a fantastic Sword, but a soldier needs something complimentary to serve as a Shield. The Shield that’s always up to the task to fight off the enemy of Fear is Courage. You know by now that people have several worries and fears when it comes to handling their finances. 64% of Americans are stressed by money (APA 2015). In order to thwart fear, you’ve got to have Courage. The Courage to take action. The most courageous approach you can adopt with regards to money management is taking responsibility for your actions. Don’t act like an ostrich and stick your head in the sand when it comes to stewarding money. You have a choice. Wallow in fear or accept the will to act. Be a change agent for your family and transform your situation. Thomas Jefferson put it this way, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
Contentment covers you from Entitlement and Comparison
Every soldier needs to be dressed appropriately for battle. You would never wear a tuxedo to an interview, or sweatpants to a wedding, would you? Besides taking out the target, protection and safety are the most important mission objectives. This is where Armor comes into play. You never want to leave yourself exposed. When encountering nasty vermin like Entitlement and Comparison, you need to gird yourself with contentment. Contentment is a state of happiness and satisfaction. This covering fortifies you against Entitlement by blotting out selfishness. It also guards against Comparison by filtering out what people think about you and the lifestyle they have. Entitlement and Comparison don’t stand a chance against a soldier who is focused and living a fulfilled life.
Soldiers, you’ve been equipped with the resources to defeat the enemy. How do you plan on using your arsenal against the 4 Walls?