“I’ve declared bankruptcy. Now what?”
This is a combination “statement – question” that millions of people have made over the past few years. According to the United States Courts website (HERE), 1,221,091 individuals and companies declared bankruptcy in the U.S. in 2012 alone. We’re launching this series to help people who have went through bankruptcy so they never go back and so they can prosper!
Part Three Fix the root cause.
Identifying the root cause is very important, but fixing it is even more important. Statistics indicate that nearly half of all individuals who declare bankruptcy will declare it again at some point in their life. You can ensure that this statistic is lowered by ensuring that you address the root cause and prevent it from leading to bankruptcy again.
Did a pile of medical bills incurred while you were without medical insurance send you into the financial ditch? Address the root cause (not having medical insurance) by ensuring that you never again allow medical insurance to lapse.
Did you get laid off from the job you held for years and a lack of savings sent you into a downward financial spiral? Address the root cause (not making savings a top priority) by ensuring that you save money every time you are paid money in the future. It is a bill you owe to yourself!
Maybe you entered into a business partnership based solely on trust and your partner left you holding all of the bills. Address the root cause (failing to seal a handshake agreement with a contract that clearly identifies ownership, roles, responsibilities, privileges, and liabilities) by never again entering into an agreement without a rock solid contract.
Perhaps poor spending behavior and impulsiveness finally caught up with you and left you with an overwhelming pile of debt. Address the root cause (failing to have a monthly budget that prioritized giving, saving, and investing) by submitting yourself to a financial coach who will hold you accountable to living and operating by a budget every month.
Changing behavior is rarely fun, but it is so worth it!
Read the entire series (available after 3/25/2013)