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Start A Journal

As you identify where your “Money Nerve” is being pinched and start finding new avenues for change, one of the best ways to track your progress is to start a journal. A journal gives you a good sense of where you are and it will assist you to focus on goals for the future.

Sometimes a journey or a goal can comprise six, eight, or ten steps – and they are not always visible at first. We tend to make judgments based on a snapshot of our life. We may not take into consideration our past history or the full potential for our future.

Stop thinking that you are only as much as can be seen in a snapshot. You are not limited to the current state of your life. Think about your ambition, dreams, luck, or love. You are so much more than your current situation. You’re ready to change when you realize that you’re not comfortable with your current reality.

Allow yourself to dream boldly! As you begin taking action based on your journal notes, you may find it’s easier to reach big dreams with smaller, more manageable steps. Reward yourself for each small success; you’ll find it’s easier to stay energized and focused on your long-term goals.

By investing a few moments of your time in the physical act of thinking and doing, you give yourself a powerful tool to initiate change. You may have jotted down a few dreams last week. Now let’s take a few moments to ask some questions.

These questions and your answers will jumpstart your action plan.
1. What do you secretly feel about money? About rich people? Can you envision yourself with wealth?
2. Write down three things (particular words or statements) you have said about money, your budget or some of your purchases in the last week.
3. Do you still hold the same beliefs about money that you did as a child? Are these your beliefs or your parents’ beliefs?
4. Do these beliefs about money still hold true for you?
5. How would you describe to your 20-year-old self what “the truth about money” is today?

Create a journal to start recording your thoughts, obstacles you hit and what successes (large or small) you achieve each week. You can purchase a spiral notebook or a leather-bound journal – it doesn’t matter. Choose whatever motivates you to chronicle your thoughts and help you define your goals.

Your journal becomes your roadmap for an abundant life!
Have a great week – Bob

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The Benefits of Financial Freedom

We have all heard the phrase, “Time is money.” Many people equate that strictly with the idea of making more money. Let’s take another look at this simple phrase.

Think about balancing your time and money for the optimal benefits to you. Aim to achieve the goals that are the most valuable to you. Applying this integrated view may open up some new options you had not thought of before.

Grab a notepad and jot down your schedule for the next day or for the upcoming week. Think about the time you have and the finances you have and determine whether these two things are moving you forward the way you would like.

Think about some of the dreams you hold and start using your time and money to make the dreams a reality.

Where do you want to be in one year or five years? Would you like to be free of credit card debt? Do you want to travel the world? Would you like to have a set amount for retirement? How can you change some of your habits to move the resources you have to make these dreams part of your overall plan?

Can you make time to get a second job or to invest in yourself with additional education to stay valuable? Do you need to adjust your work schedule to make time for family activities and obligations of parenthood? Can you set aside money today for a better life tomorrow? Do you really need to pay a monthly fee for a storage unit as a “vacation home” for all your extra stuff?

This process is all about finding the balance and value that makes YOUR life meaningful. And the most powerful part of this exercise is that you choose and you implement – it is your choice!

As you decide what you really want, write it down. Project a time frame and you have a goal.

You have now set intentions for what you value most in your life. Quiet all the negative voices or thoughts in your head. Use this plan to start making change.

Will you get there instantly? Probably not.

Will you have to make changes or readjust your plan? Probably so – life happens!

Take 15 minutes right now and think about your goals.

Here’s a great quote from the Dalai Lama to get started: “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so TODAY is the right time to love, believe and mostly live.”

Being intentional and being in the moment are beneficial tools for creating value and living an abundant life. Be present this week and live fully!

Bob

 

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Choose Your Direction

3x3 You Hold the Power

It is easy to fall into a rut and live your life with the same thoughts repeatedly circling in your brain, mindlessly traveling through life without thinking about what you are saying. Maybe it is time to explore whether your words and actions regarding your finances still ring true.

Are you comfortable with the old story you tell – or is it time to intentionally listen, analyze and make changes in your vocabulary?

You may say, “I’m broke; I never seem to get ahead.”

Maybe you can investigate a new way of thinking and begin to say, “I’m broke; I wonder why I always feel that way.”

Without blaming yourself, you can possibly change the intent by stating what is really happening with your decisions. One option is a statement like this: “I’m broke because I chose not to save any money this week.”

This gives you the opportunity to be curious, note your actions and think about what other choices you’d prefer to make. Hmm….”I am curious to see how and where I am spending my money. I’d like to find ways to shift some of my dollars this week toward my dreams.”

So instead of repeating, “I’m broke”…

How about: “I am going to make positive choices with my money. I want to consciously decide where I want my income to go, instead of drifting with old habits and being unhappy at the end of the month.”

Take back your power to choose. Envision what you want to spend your money on and state how you might make some changes.

For example, if you like having nice clothes and the trendiest shoes, but have no money in the bank and are ready to make a change – you can begin to choose a new way of talking to yourself.

Try this on for size: “I want nice clothes and I want money in the bank. I will choose to wait and buy the shoes when they go on sale and will put the difference in price in the bank.” Or maybe you decide, “I like nice clothes and I have trouble telling myself no, so I will put $25 in the bank each week before I go to the mall!”

Now you are choosing to say “yes!”

Yes to change.

Yes to new possibilities

Yes to conscious choices! That’s a great way to be “stepping-out!”

May you bring conscious change to your life this week-

Bob

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Small Steps lead to Success

When you set your financial GPS, you choose your final destination. Next, you have to decide how to get there.

Just imagine… you are driving from California to Maryland with your spouse, your four kids, a poodle and a hamster… can you imagine taking that trip without any stops? While it would be possible, it’s highly probable that your family may lose some of its sanity along the way. You are going to need to break your trip into smaller steps.

You would probably check the map and figure out how many days you can drive for eight hours. You’d plan enough time for meals and extra stops, and you’d have a rough estimate of how long the trip will take and how much it may cost. These projections guide you directly to your target.

Fast forward to your financial goals: You want to save $20,000 for a down payment on a house or condo. Break that big sum into more manageable “mini-goals” and calculate what you can realistically put away each week or each month. Determine how long it will take to set aside that amount. By going from A to B and C to D, you will “go the distance” from A to Z with more assurance.

Each time you reach your weekly goal, the balance gets higher. I have had clients that got so excited; they devised ingenious ways to save more money once they saw the benefits of working their plan. It’s exciting to help others build upon each success and see them reach their goals.

Winning the small battles makes it easier to win the big ones. Winning is a habit that everyone can master. The dynamic nature of our mental strength flips a dream into a new reality. As you determine a new financial target, think about where you are right now. Here are a few exercises for you to explore your perceptions about money.

A) Listen to yourself speak about money this next week. Write down what you said. Is it true? Is it time to make some changes?
B) Identify where you are financially right now.
C) What are your core beliefs about money – and do those still work for you?

There’s no need to be perfect, and we all have to make adjustments along the way – that will always be part the journey. Let me know if any of this resonates with you. I would love to hear your story.

Hope that helps!

Bob