That's a good point. It's a very fine balance. I'm currently working my way out of debt (mortagage incl.) and it's a constant trade between living now and setting myself up for the future. I'm probably more biased towards the future which can cause lack of short term motivation, which in turn affects the long term! See what I mean "balance"
Originally Posted by DarkSociologist
Tohami, this is good advice. The only way to get somewhere is to actually move. A line is formed through two points: where you are and where you're going. The most important thing is moving from that first point to the second.
Something that I thought I should add is the concept of short-run versus long-run. In the short-run, there are fixed costs and variable costs. In the long run, everything becomes a variable costs.
This concept applies to your advice in that you are looking from the short-run perspective. There are some things that you can change and some that you can't. Do your best to work with what you have and start making a better life right now.
Although it is important to first begin changes from the short-run perspective, we must not forget the long-run. In the long run, everything becomes variable. There is nothing that you cannot achieve or change.
Start with the short-run, but always keep the long-run goals in mind. The only way to get started is by focusing on what you can do. The only way to maintain a steady course is to focus on a reference point far away.