Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 1 ~ Confession

Ok - so I am going to kick this off with total honesty and I hope I don't offend anyone in the process. There are two big roadblocks to my success in this reformation process. (1) I am not a very disciplined person. I don't like rules and I don't like structure - this is going to be a challenge, for sure. (2) my perception of "savers" is not very flattering - I definitely need to reset some mental images, here.

Let's start with my lack of discipline. I rarely finish anything that I start. I am very successful in my career because I have learned to harness that which makes me valuable - my creativity, strategic thinking, and instinct - and I've learned to surround myself with detail-oriented people who have great administrative skills to keep projects and deals on task. I can't rely on anyone to help with this. I have to do this all by myself. Scary - I feel a little doomed from the very start. I know that I can overcome this - I just have to figure out how.

Finally - my awful perception of "savers" - I hate the word frugal. Truly hate it - hence my use of the word prudent. When I hear someone described as frugal I immediately imagine an out-dated, dull-looking woman with roots showing in her too-long plain-jane hair, holding up the line in the grocery store as she flips through an endless pouch of coupons. I'm having mild heart palpitations just thinking about it. I know - it's an awful image - but I also know that I Can't be the only one who associates such horrors with being frugal. The logical side of my brain tells me that I can be wise with my spending and save a lot of money without turning into this ghastly woman - right?

Discipline and Redefinition. That's where I have to begin. I must admit - I feel as though I'm standing at the foot of Mount Everest with nothing but some cute hiking boots.......

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