Is Guilt A Good Thing

Many people don’t set goals for one big emotional reason. We’ll feel guilt if we don’t start them.

But why not use this uncomfortable feeling to your advantage?

If you had a goal of working out, got the gym membership and then drove by every day but didn’t go, you’d likely feel some pangs of guilt. That’s a good thing as long as it motivates you to stop in eventually.

The same logic applies with setting up an RRSP or TFSA. Even if you don’t have money to invest now, having the account set up will start to send signals to your brain to find money to save.

And then you can turn that guilt into a pat on the back when your new positive actions take root.

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As the Consumer Advocate for FP Canada, I know that financial literacy is paramount to your well-being. Equally important to your long-term success is working with a qualified professional. To find a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional in your area that will help guide you on all matters of money, check out this Find Your Planner tool.

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