This reddit post has pretty much hit the nail on the head for me, but I worry that I’m beyond the “work hard” part of it and into the burnout stage (which is inevitable). One of my favorite quotes is:
“There’s the notorious “latte factor”. I heard this while young and really worked to avoid it - your $20 a week adds up to four figures a year, as you point out!
It took a really, really long time to sometimes realize that those “lattes” are what life is made of.”
This is super powerful to me and goes beyond just money. It’s referencing the little things in life that, while joyful, may have a slight negative impact on your goals. Things like eating 4 Yasso’s while you’re trying to lose weight. Skipping a weekend of paintball to relax around the house. Or not hanging out with friends to work on that app you’re wanting so bad to take off. I’ve done all of those
The problem with depriving yourself of these joys/“setbacks” to reach some goal, is that you start to resent that goal and/or get burnt out trying to achieve it.