Be Achievement Oriented
Those who are frugal are often some of the most achievement oriented individuals in our life.
Being frugal is a challenge in many respects. You have to make money, conserve wealth, save and invest, and resist our "drive-through" culture of immediate gratification. It takes courage and planning to follow a path that you believe is right for you.
And, you have to be your own "cheering section" as well.
With all the consumerism displayed around us, it's tempting to take the easy way through life and go with the flow and be a "sheep" in the flock. Frugal people know that sheep get sheared, so they take their own path.
Whether its a higher road or just a different road, setting your own course is being achievement oriented no matter how you look at it.
In spite of all the "pulls" trying to suck us in, frugal individuals set goals for themselves. They might be modest, like making ends meet each month, but they are nonetheless important. To set and reach goals is a form of personal achievement.
Frugal living is a lifestyle of choice, and choosing for yourself is yet another achievement. When you're frugal, you're not asking anyone for the answer to financial freedom, you're creating the answer yourself - another achievement. Peer pressure is everywhere, and you have to resist it to be successful. Depending on your situation, resisting peer pressure could be very challenging indeed - so it's another achievement for the frugal among us.
Even if our frugal friends are simply saving money and accumulating wealth out of irrational fear, habit or family training, they're still achievement oriented in ways that many Americans seem incapable of being. Capability is...you guessed it...achievement!
And, no matter what type of dim view others make take of those that "scrimp and save," their achievements aren't harmful or detrimental to themselves or others, so it's an honorable achievement indeed.
Also, don't forget that you have to be able to take care of yourself - make certain that you're okay - before you can ever hope to be in a position to help others. This puts our frugal friends in a position where they can help others, while many of their critics are wondering how to make ends meet.
For the frugal "under fire" out there, just remember to consider the source when folks are "throwing stones" at you.
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