By Karolina Linares
There is a major crisis with people falling into large credit card debt. Rather than going through the numbers, the statistics and ratios, to help you get a realistic view of your debt situation, this will give you a different perspective.
On any article site, e-zine, printed newspaper or magazine, there are literary millions of write-ups about the condition of our national debt problem. We see TV reports and talk shows about this ever-growing problem. There are millions of tips about everything from debt consolidation, refinancing, and personal debt relief to the all important CREDIT SCORE.
Now, here is a new and different mode of thinking. If you have credit card debt so extensive, that other financial problems have occurred in your life, why does the credit score really matter at this point? It’s really a low priority in the large scheme of more important life changes you need to start looking at making. If you already own a house, have a job and are to the point where you can’t make ends meet, that credit score will not help you now. So trying to repair it right away or keep it from getting worse is the least of your worries. If you are renting, now is the time to chalk your credit card debt up as a major life learning experience and start to change your attitude about the debt, to pave a healthy road towards future financial goals as well.
It boils down to this, and reading every technicality about how to get out of debt, what will happen if you do A or B, will not solve the physical, mental and emotional turmoil that got you into debt in the first place. This is a task that will require a whole lot more dedication, than reading every source of information on the Internet.
There are not a lot of articles that deeply cover the changes you will have to make and the majority of them make it all sound so easy. It’s not easy to break free from using credit cards unwisely when it’s a bad habit. It didn’t start out this way, but slowly it got out of hand, because after the bills started piling up and a few unexpected life emergencies happened, you became stuck. Stuck in vicious cycle and this is now the most important part of breaking that credit card habit.
Some of the consequences are inevitable and can only be helped as time goes on, with your first decision to stop the cycle. Yes, it’s important to get help or advice if you have been subject to debt collection agencies. Find out what your rights are by gaining wisdom from those who have experienced it.
People who are in debt are not happy with tendencies towards depression, stress and anxiety. They may start to incur physical health problems as a result. In turn medical care, especially with no insurance plan, causes more bills with added worry and stress. How will it all get paid?
This is living a life, where falling apart financially has snowballed into physical, mental and emotional anguish. These three components are the core of your debt problem. There is definitely not enough focus on this aspect of it. Making a plan in your everyday to life start from there can and does actually help.
There is a way to get a healthy balance of becoming debt free, learning wise budgeting skills, healthy spending and saving habits in order to become a whole and happy person. If this is where you need to start, the truth is that is not a quick, easy road.
It may take more determination and discipline that you’ve ever put forth into anything. It will take sacrifice, with a realistic knowledge that it’s only temporary. Instant gratification, will need to be left behind hundred percent and the things you were always used to or liked may have to be given up. It’s worth it for your goal of paying off those credit card debts, while still maintaining the bills of your survival in our culture. To avoid it or to try an easy way out, will only cause more pain and turmoil in the long run, while trying to make ends meet.
When you succeed and start to see the end of the tunnel with your debts, the world will open up to you with a new found freedom, that’s more important than physical property, looking good on the outside and keeping up with the “Joneses”. There will be a sense of peace and new maturity that will drive you to become proactive, not just with your finances but with many other areas in your life. This is the way happy people operate and you can obtain this goal. Happiness and freedom in life are virtues that need constant but well worth up keep.
Karolina V. Linares is an inspiring author with a message of her own struggles and finally winning the battle with credit card debt. See her website Use cash To Buy It
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