It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking about setting new goals, and money goals are usually at the top of the list.
If your New Year’s resolutions include money goals then you’ll love this article where I share three fun ways to make them a reality.
A Harvard Business study revealed that those who have goals are ten times more successful than those without goals. But those with goals written down are three times more successful than those who have goals but are not in writing.
Obviously, the most crucial key to reaching your money goals is to put them in writing. However, I have found that writing them down and doing nothing else brings minimal results.
So what does it really take to reach your money goals?
Here are three fun ways I consistently use to reach mine.
1 – Clear the Clutter
Before you even begin the goal setting process, it’s important to remove any energy drains via a clearing process, aka clearing the clutter.
Clearing the clutter in any area of your life will create a vacuum. Then setting goals creates a way to fill the vacuum. If there is no vacuum, there’s no room to receive what you want and you could end up getting fuzzy results.
Get rid of the old to make room for the new.
Think about it from this perspective. Our thoughts put out energetic frequencies, depending on what we are thinking consciously or subconsciously. If you have a lot of unfinished business in any area of your life (i.e. clutter) it’s like having stuck energy.
Stuck energy is clutter. Clutter leaves no room to receive what you really want in your life.
It’s like trying to pour water into a glass that’s already full. Setting goals is no different. When you set goals without first clearing the clutter, you’re setting an intention for what you want, but there’s no room to receive it.
Clear the Clutter exercise
Take a look at each area of your life (personal, business, finances, relationships, health and wellness) and ask yourself the following questions:
- What am I tolerating?
- What (or who) do I need to let go of?
- What have I been hanging on to but no longer need?
- What have I been avoiding?
- Where do I need to create more order?
- Where do I feel stuck?
My Clear the Clutter Success Story
Last year at this time I started a clear the clutter process in my own life. I started with my closets and removed all the clothes, shoes and handbags I no longer wear. Then I went on to my office files and threw out all the old paperwork, documents and brochures I no longer needed.
Next, I cleared out my email inbox. After I addressed every single email and completely emptied my inbox (boy did that feel great!), I unsubscribed from every newsletter that no longer serves me. As I was doing this I could literally feel the atmosphere around me clear up. Suddenly I felt light and energetic. It was amazing!
But here’s what’s really interesting. While I was clearing out my email inbox, I received a deposit into my bank account of almost three thousand dollars that I was not expecting. Receiving it was a complete surprise.
Then the next morning when I woke up, my mind was so clear that I finally received clarity about a project I’d been working on. Before this, I felt stuck and unfocused about it.
A couple of days later I received an invitation for a paid speaking gig. Coincidence you might say. Who knows? But personally, I don’t believe in coincidences.
When you clear the clutter in your life, you make room to receive more of what you want.
Clearing the clutter BEFORE you set your new goals will help you achieve them more quickly, and with greater ease, because you’re making room to receive what you want.
2 – Connect to Your Big Money Why
Women come to me with a desire to overcome their money issues. Studies indicate that 83% of women would like to get more involved in their finances in the next year. More than anything what they really want is to create financial security, so they won’t be a bag lady in retirement.
But they struggle with how to find the time to implement the necessary financial habits when they simply don’t have any free time.
No matter how busy we are, we always seem to find the time to do the things that really matter to us. So, in order to find the time to do the things necessary to reach your money goals, try motivating yourself by connecting to a vision for your financial success.
- What’s the real purpose in reaching your money goals?
- What’s your true heart’s desire for financial success?
That’s what I call your Big Money Why.
When you have a big enough WHY the HOW doesn’t matter.
If you truly want to reach your money goals this year, connect your Big Money Why with creating the habits you’ll need to implement in order to make them a reality.
3 – Creative Visualization
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to achieving your goals is not being emotionally connected to what you’re going after.
In order to make your goals a reality, you first have to imagine yourself being who you want to be or having what you want to have.
“You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” –George Lucas
When you take the time to consistently imagine – or visualize – your goals as if they have already occurred, interesting things begin to happen. The forces of heaven seem to conspire on your behalf. I’ve experienced amazing manifestations of my goals simply as a result of daily visualization.
Creative visualization is nothing more than imaging yourself already achieving your goals. It’s like creating a mini movie of the future in your imagination. Your visualization doesn’t need to be any longer than two to three minutes. You get to create it exactly as you’d like it to be. As you imagine, think about what it will look like to achieve your goal. Where are you? Who are you with? What are you doing, wearing, seeing, feeling?
A daily practice of visualizing your goals as if they have already happened will connect you to the reality of your goals faster than anything else I know.As you visualize your goals already manifested, remember to add in the emotional connection. As you’re doing your visualization, imagine how awesome it will feel it have reached your money goals. Get super excited as you visualize your goals achieved.
Let’s make this the year that you finally reach your big money goals. In addition to writing them down, add these three fun ways to make your goals a reality: clear the clutter; connect to your big money why; and visualize yourself achieving your goals. Then watch how much easier it is to achieve the financial success you truly desire.
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Patti Fagan, an award-winning financial coach and retired financial advisor, is an expert and sought-after speaker on Women, Money and Retirement. She owned and operated an independent insurance and financial services agency for ten years, helping hundreds of women achieve financial security for their retirement years. As a financial coach, blogger and writer, Patti is passionate about empowering women with their money mindset because she wants women to be financially secure, both now and in their retirement years. Visitwww.PattiFagan.com to download your FREE money toolkit.
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