Every day, likely multiple times a day, you’re casting a vote.
And the candidates are your present self, your future self, and others.
You cast votes for these candidates based on how you spend your time ⌚, your money 💰, and your attention 👀.
Naturally, the winning candidate often relies on the circumstances surrounding the “election.”
And while some people would tell you to always cast your vote for your future self as you plan for a more confident and comfortable retirement, I’m not one of those people.
Sure, you need to be prepared for the future. And you need to “vote” accordingly.
But - and this is important - you also need to enjoy your life today and each day along your life’s journey.
It’s not an either/or. You don’t have to choose one at the exclusion of the other.
You can do both.
Unfortunately, I sometimes encounter women who are sacrificing both their present and future selves for others. And there’s certainly a time for prioritizing others if you’re helping and/or caring for your child, a parent, or other friend or family member.
Just be sure that it doesn’t derail your own financial planning and security. Know where you can help, and where you need to draw the line.
Or, as I said in this article from a few years back
, be sure to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you help others. Yes, just like the flight attendant demonstrates before your plane takes off. ✈️
Regardless of who you cast your “financial vote” for yesterday or the day before, you cast votes every day and will continue to do so for the rest of your life.
Who will get your vote(s)?
Just something to think about…