Ah the brand spanking New Year is upon us. It brings with it new promises and new resolutions. Among those resolutions, better financial health is second only to weight loss.
We promise ourselves to get out of debt, save more, earn more, and spend less. But sadly, most of us fall short on these resolutions. Just like food doesn’t make us fat, our beliefs and habits do. Money itself doesn’t make us rich or poor. It simply responds to our beliefs and habits.
Money is an inside job! Your current financial situation is a mirror image of what’s going on in your mind.
Wealth begins with you. It begins between the ears. You must become the person who can handle wealth. It requires a significant internal transformation of your identity. If you identify with the broke helpless person, you cannot change your external money situation.
If you want to get to the next financial level, whatever that might be for you, you have to start thinking like someone at that level. You cannot live a debt-free life unless you first think and act like someone who is debt-free.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein
If you are in debt or stressed about money in general, the starting point is to create a wealthy foundation in the mind.
Here are 4 powerful steps that will help you kick-start your financial engine:
Know your own worth
What does this have to do with your wealth? Everything! Unless you know your worth as a person, you will continue to search elsewhere for validation. You will not ask for that pay raise. You will not just go for that promotion or that business you’ve always wanted to start. You will not be able to save for your future.
You will look for satisfaction through spending beyond your means. When you are comfortable in your skin, you won’t seek your value through acquiring more stuff.
When you understand and accept the fact that you are whole and perfect already, the way you interact with the world changes.
Act as the Source
You ARE everything you desire. What you really want in your life is not out there somewhere. This is probably the hardest thing to wrap your head around. When you get this, all desperation disappears. You become at peace. You begin to see the opportunities where you only saw problems.
What does it meant to act as the source in practical sense? Let me expand. If you want more friends in your life, become a good friend. Be friendly and start a conversation with someone. Sitting around feeling lonely and complaining won’t get you friends.
If you want more support in your life, if your want mentors, whatever it is that you wish you had in your life, become that for other people. And you will be rewarded with everything you want.
You can have everything in life you want if you just help enough people get what they want.
Feel the gratitude
A grateful heart is an open heart. You have so much more than you think. Your wealth includes your job, your health, your relationships with family and friends, your home, your intelligence, your kind spirit, your resourcefulness and your money.
Make it a habit to feel gratitude every single day. Keep a gratitude journal. Make a daily entry for all the way you experienced wealth for that day. Your life will change in ways you cannot imagine.
Give. Give. Give. Give and more will be given to you. It goes back to the concept of you being the source. When you are generous, it sends the message to your subconscious that there is enough to go around. Whatever that might be for you…money, time, material things, understanding, joy, good news. The very act to giving stems from abundance.
Do not fall in the “someday” trap. I’ll give someday when I have more money, better job, or more time. It will never happen. You know why? If you won’t give a dollar from the ten dollars you have today, you will not give ten thousand when you have a hundred thousand.
Begin to train your mind using these steps. The result will delight you and inspire you.
You do realize you deserve to be wealthy and you deserve all the good things life has to offer. Right?
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