I have been in the business of health care since I started medical school in 1977-yes before many of you were born. I am old. It is funny to think about, but my first two years of practice, I had several patients, say-”you can’t be my doctor, you are too young!” Welllll, that hasn’t happened in a while. No one, has so far, said to my face, “you are too old to be my doctor, but some probably think that….
After spending tens of thousands of hours trying to motivate people to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, eat less, I have now added-”pay attention to your finances” to my to-do list.
Now, I don’t do financial counseling/coaching at my medical practice-but on this site, and in my speaking engagements, my job is to motivate nures to take their finances seriously, and make changes to become more successful managing their money.
And it is funny, the response I get in the office dealing with healthcare issues is the same, when dealing with financial issues.
“I DON’T HAVE TIME!”
Of course, I have heard that before. Those who don’t have time to exercise, focus on their diet, or work on their finances, have plenty of time to watch television. Or read the latest romance, go to the 3-D Avatar experience, hang out with their friends, go shopping at the mall, play video games, facebook-”farmville- can I get help with my barn???”
I am all for a little down time. We all need to get away from our responsibilities occasionally, especially in a stressful profession like nursing. But, sometimes you have to set aside time for what is most important. You have to act like a GROWN-UP!
How many times have you seen that smoker in the ER with pneumonia, or COPD complications, that you didn’t think, “Why has he not quit?” “Doesn’t he want to be around to see his grand kids grow up?” Or the alcoholic, or the diabetic, who can’t seem to quit drinking or eating sweets excessively.
So, turn that around. Are you spending quality time thinking about how to improve your finances, get out of debt, maximize your retirement, automate your savings account, make sure your will, insurance, and college savings are all set up?????
What are you waiting for? Catastrophe, bankruptcy. You know you need to. Don’t put it off. Get into the habit of spending an hour or two a week, planning and thinking about your future. It will be a great investment-then go build your barn!
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