“The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.”
Hello Motivation Seekers, how are you? Have you progressed with a positive money mindset yet? Last week we talked about turning around the sabotaging thoughts and beliefs that may be stopping you. I suggested that you practise affirmations along with visualisations. How did that work out for you? Remember, you need to practise these regularly and for at least 30 days to bring about change. Hope it’s all starting to make a difference for you.
This week we are going to take action on those dreams and bring them into reality, as our quote says. The law of attraction is really powerful, but it will only work if you do something as well. Last week I spoke about my vision board to get my house by the sea. I didn’t get it through just looking at my vision board. I had to be checking the real estate pages, I had to be going to open homes, I had to research ideal spots that fitted in with my vision. There was a lot of action going on, believe me!
I think that’s the main stumbling block for a lot of people. They aren’t willing to put in the effort to make it happen. There can be all sorts of reasons for this – it can be fear of failure, fear of success, feeling unworthy, all of that can get in the way of achieving your dreams. You may even tell yourself that the time isn’t right. You need to wait until your kids are older, or when you have a better job. These are all just excuses, I know – I’ve used them all myself!
If that is going on for you, I suggest that you revisit the NLP visualisation this week, really focus on all the fears and things holding you back and replace them with your vision of financial success. Click here: NLP Visualisation Exercise
Next, when that vision of financial success is crystal clear and you are positive and motivated and believe you can do it, you are ready for the next step of creating some goals to get you where you want to go.
I suggest you use the SMART goal setting system. Write out at least 3 main goals to achieve your vision. Writing them is super important! Put them into the SMART format:
Specific – no vagueness, it has to be a very clear goal e.g. saving more money is NOT specific, putting a saving plan in place is specific.
Measureable – putting a saving plan in place with no measure – just won’t work. It has to be putting a saving plan in place to save $10,000. That is measurable, you will know what you are going for and what you need to do to get there.
Achievable – it has to be do-able. If you set a goal that you will save a Million dollars, but at present you are unemployed – this is possibly going to be a bit of a stretch for you! It’s good to have stretch goals, but you do need to set a balance between stretching yourself and making it just too hard and unachievable.
Relevant – the goal needs to align with who you are and what you want. It has to be relevant to you, not something that your friend or your family think you should do. A good way to test relevance is to check in with your values. Does the goal align with your values? If so, you are more likely to achieve it.
Timed – this is the big one. If you don’t time the goal, it is open ended and there is no urgency to try to achieve it. So, going back to our example of the saving plan. The goal would be “put a saving plan in place to achieve savings of $10,000 by April 2019. Then check in with the SMART system. Does it fulfill all that? Is it do-able, can you achieve that comfortably, does it fit in with your values and do you have the means to do this?
Now you have your written goal, you can start planning the actions you need to take to achieve it. Remember, to avoid overwhelm, make sure you chunk your goals down into small steps. Work backwards from the deadline – what to have done in 9 months, 6 months, 3 months, right down to this week, this day.
Last tip – SHARE your goals. You are more likely to achieve them if you do. Share them on my Facebook page, click here or just share them with a friend – whatever it takes! Go you, you are ready to make big changes and attract great things to you. Have fun with all this and let me know how it goes for you. Have a brilliant week, being motivated, dreaming dreams and planning some great actions and goals.