Dave Ramsey, Financial Freedom & Gazelle Intensity
Last year, I had a wonderful encounter with a friend on Etsy who saw Hint's gazelle charm as the perfect way to inspire her journey to financial freedom. When my friend shared her story with me, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Dave Ramsey, radio host and financial author with a Christian perspective, has adopted the gazelle as a symbol for getting out of debt.
Dave Ramsey calls it "gazelle intensity" and developed the phrase from a biblical passage in Proverbs 6:4-5 "Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler."
It's pure ancient poetry and not new information if your truly in touch with your instincts, for when you're in over your head, drowning in personal debt you've got to work with extra intensity like the bobbing and weaving action of a gazelle to escape the claws of a cheetah. In Dave Ramsey's metaphor, the cheetah represents the endless parade of offers by credit companies, and you are the gazelle refusing to get into the game of financial deception. The first step in the Gazelle Challenge is to cut up your credit cards. Now that's intense!!
After I paid off a spate of credit card debt acquired during my thirties, I did cut up my credit cards and relied completely on my checking account and cash on hand for a couple years. I have to say there was a lot of peace during this time in my life when I abandoned the idea of credit, so his Gazelle Challenge has piqued my interest for the year ahead.
I haven't read Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness but am putting it on my list for 2011, for I just love the idea that there are a bunch of people running like gazelles out there seeking financial freedom for themselves and their families. Perhaps the more we all come to healthier relationship with money, then collectively we could have effect on the bigger picture -- the governance of money in city, state and country.