Declaring that you desire to become financially independent is a broad statement. Set smaller goals that will help you reach that final destination. Wherever you are on the road to your big picture goal — maybe it's tracking your spending for a month, creating and sticking to a budget, saving a certain amount for your emergency fund, or paying off a certain amount of credit card debt per month — continually write down new goals when you're ready for a new challenge.
Do this: Figure out your "style." Pick a system for budgeting your bucks, then figure out what debt or loan you would like to pay off first as your first two baby steps.