The Magic of “Never Will I Ever”

Success is just a solid resolution away

Denise Shelton
4 min readMay 16, 2024
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My husband and I recently achieved a significant goal. We’re now 100% debt-free. We were motivated to make this happen because he was retiring in a few months, and our income was about to take a nosedive.

We accomplished our goal by following some strict guidelines. One of the most effective was to stop going out to eat or getting takeout or DoorDash. No Instacart either.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that for five months, from October through March, we cooked every meal we ate at home. Sunday brunches and Valentine’s Day dinner specials were not on the menu, not so much as a Shamrock McFlurry.

We drew a line and refused to cross it, no matter what, and it worked. Too tired to cook? Too bad. Have a bowl of Cheerios. Got a bad cold? Open a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle.

Make your dream a reality

What do you want to achieve? You can take steps to make that happen, whether it’s Olympic gold medal status, a happy marriage, or a healthy blood pressure reading.

You may already be taking positive steps in that direction, such as swimming laps, active listening, cutting out processed meats, etc. If so, congratulations. You’re on your way.