No one likes to fail, especially at something as important as personal finances. The pain of financial stress and the shame and fear that accompany it are difficult to bare. Yet, it’s unreasonable to think you can achieve financial success without experiencing some failures along the way. Some degree of failure or setbacks, as much as we wish they weren’t, are inevitable. What determines your future success is what you do after you fail.
It’s well known that most people determine self-worth and personal value, at least in part, by comparing themselves to those in their social circle. In psychology, this is known as social comparison theory, and with the ever-increasing use of social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, social comparison is having a greater effect on us and on how we spend our money.
A topic that has been growing considerable traction amongst the Christian community has been Medishare. Most notably, what has been driving the conversation, has been the extreme rise in health insurance premiums. Questions you may be asking yourself are, how do I protect my budget from rising healthcare costs? And can I get reasonably priced medical coverage without breaking the bank?
Talking about money is considered taboo by a majority of Americans. We’re more open to talking about sex, politics, or religion than we are to discussing personal money matters. Unfortunately, not talking about it keeps many Americans financially illiterate and ignorant of what it takes to become financially healthy.
When we hear the word addiction, whether it’s in a conversation or in a story on the news, we think of drugs, alcohol, gambling, or some other vice that “other” people in our world battle. We rarely think of addiction as something we personally deal with. I believe every person engages in some type of addictive behavior, often several, and the financial impact these can have are significant.