I have a bunch of friends who are car racing junkies. They attend the local races and they watch Nascar on TV. They know who’s who, and what’s what. You could call them full fledged FANatics. Some people I know make several trips a year to see the big races in other cities. And yes, they were totally supportive of bringing a NASCAR track here to the Seattle area.
I have to admit that I am not a big car racing fan. I don’t like watching it on TV and I can’t understand anyone listening to it on the radio. I have attended a few local races over the years and the truth is, once I get there I do enjoy it. I just don’t like big crowds. Getting there seems to be the biggest impediment to my participation. I am a maverick by nature, whichever way the group is going, I tend to go the other way.
Anytime you have big events, where lot’s of people are going to the same place at the same time, you have traffic and long lines and waiting.
That’s it, the waiting. That’s what I don’t like, the waiting. You have probably heard that it is the journey that is important, not the destination. Well I don’t buy it. I am goal oriented and I am a finisher by nature. I like to complete what I start, so if I am going to a place where lot’s of other people are going at the same time, I just want to get there to enjoy what I went to experience.
I don’t go to some events that I would like to for that very reason. I don’t participate in some things in life that I would like to just because the journey is unpleasant for me. Sure I could put up with it but I don’t.
Many people do this with their money. They give up the enjoyment of being financially sound because they don’t like the journey to get there. Believe me, I understand. But, not being willing to fight the crowd for a NASCAR event won’t affect my ability to live my older years in comfort. It won’t stop me from being safe and warm in my own home and it won’t stop my kids from developing whatever skills and interests that could make their lives better.
Find ways to enjoy the journey. Becoming financially stable does not have to be a difficult journey. You can do it like the NASCAR racers do it by following a couple of simple steps.
- Start with an attitude that you are going to win.
- Plan your race. Figure out where you are going and what is the best way to maneuver through it. There are corners and you will have to turn.
- Look for ways to do it better and faster.
- When you start to slide more than you should, make a quick stop to change your tires and fill up with gas.
- Visualize yourself in the winners circle.
As you start to have some success, you will find that there is less traffic. The crowds get smaller once you hit the winners circle, everyone will want to know the secret of your success.
Just tell them you gave it everything you had, stopping only to change the tires and fill the tank.