Thoughts of the New Year conjure with it many bright lights in colorful splendor, dazzling the night, signaling new life, new hope, a new beginning. It is family, treats, and loud, raucous laughter. And thoughts of abundance, great abundance, to come.
Here are some words from the experts on how to set up your financial goals and clean up your financial house:
Turn Desires to Gold
The method deals with imagery and getting that image in your mind to come to life. Bob Proctor swears by this. Here’s how:
First: Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount.
Second: Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as something for nothing.)
Third: Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
Fourth: Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put the plan into action.
Fifth: Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
Sixth: Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read – see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
Before I started with this blog, I was introduced to Suze Orman, Oprah’s go-to girl for financial matters, as required reading. Here is something that I found in her blog that interested me.
1. Go a day without spending any money.
2. Go a week without using credit cards.
3. Go a month without eating at restaurants.
Believe me – it sends me to a euphoria every time I get to do numbers 1 and 2, which is relatively easy. I just stay at home and read a book, have yaya prepare the food, spend quality time with my daughter and voila – the day is wonderful – and free. And at the end of the month when my credit card statements come, gaps in the dates of my credit card purchases would make me swoon and want to sing, literally. Number 3, sadly, eludes me, because it is one of the pleasures my husband, my daughter and I share, but it is definitely one of our goals for 2010. After all it is just a month. (uhrm)
It is interesting to note that some restaurateurs were not very happy with Suze Orman’s recommendations. But really, it is for those who have got to put a stop to excesses. After all, people have to spend three times the amount if they eat in restaurants rather than in their homes. And oh, to what good use that extra money could be put to, like the next suggestion.
Many wealth experts like Robert Kiyosaki or Napoleon Hill or Tim Ferris dedicate at least one chapter in their books to giving generously. It is as if generosity is a cornerstone, an important ingredient in becoming wealthy.
You could give your time, your attention, your business ideas, words of wisdom. Don’t hold back.
But personally, I think of giving as self-help. It gives the giver great happiness (and blessings), sometimes more than the givee, but it is one that makes both sides win and makes the world a much better place.
Happy 2010 and may your dreams come true.
Article by Issa. Art by D. Copyright 2009.
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