It seems like just yesterday that we celebrated the New Year but we’re already halfway through the month of January. By now, those of you who have made New Year’s resolutions have had some time to adapt to your new routines. Some of the most popular resolutions each year are to lose weight or to improve one’s finances. Believe it or not, the two are very closely related because in both cases, in order to be successful, you must focus on consuming fewer resources than you take in. Whatever the goals might be that you’ve set for yourself, I hope that you’re making steady and consistent progress every single day. It’s also possible that some of you might be struggling to stay on track so you might be feeling frustrated or disappointed in yourself. If the latter is true then this is precisely the point during which you need to stop what you’re doing and give yourself a chance to make a change that will help you continue along the intended path. As a financial expert, much of the work that I do with my clients involves helping them practice goal-setting in order to achieve their ultimate desire which is to improve the state of their finances.
When it comes to achieving your (financial) goals, you first have to prepare your mind for the task ahead. You have to literally wipe the slate clean in order to receive new information which will serve as the basis of your new habits that ultimately will lead to the achievement of whatever you have set in mind to accomplish. Think of it as a warm-up which helps you make the transition to a more rigorous routine. Your heart and your mind need to be aligned in order for your actions to feel authentic and to yield the proper results. You have to create an abundance mindset before financial abundance can become a reality. When I refer to financial abundance, it takes on a unique meaning depending on the individual according to their respective life circumstances. The focus on abundance is not just on financial resources and wealth but it is also important to think of abundance in terms of time, energy, and resources to help others in need as well as the community of which you’re a part. Abundance in this sense takes on a transitive property that helps you make an impact in a way which is aligned with your values which ultimately helps to contribute to a better and more just world.
I’ve selected some quotes which are accompanied by photographic images. Each quote and photograph is meant to serve as a daily meditation to help you prepare your mind for the actual task of defining your goals, mapping out a specific plan for accomplishing them and then taking the actions needed in order to make the goals a reality. I recommend that you start and end your day with these meditations but you’re welcome to review them as often as you wish. Since this and subsequent exercises are based on being mindful, find a quiet and tranquil space in order to really focus on the words as well as the images. Practice these mindful meditations for a full week and prepare your heart and mind for success and abundance.
TAKE THE FIRST STEP & GO THE DISTANCE: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
YOU ARE IN CONTROL (OF YOUR EMOTIONS/PERCEPTIONS); THIS IS YOUR JOURNEY: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ~ William Arthur Ward
BE GRATEFUL FOR ALL THINGS AT ALL TIMES: “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continually. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU KEEP NOT WHAT YOU MAKE: “The amount of money you have has got nothing to do with what you earn. People earning a million dollars a year can have no money. People earning $35,000 a year can be quite well off. It’s not what you earn, it’s what you spend.” ~ Paul Clitheroe
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF – IT IS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS: “A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failures certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.” ~ Alexandre Dumas
YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES, JUST STAY FOCUSED AND DEAL WITH OBSTACLES AS THEY COME: “Whatever course you decide upon there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires….courage.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
ENJOY WHAT YOU NEED FOR TODAY BUT PLAN FOR THE FUTURE: “When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” ~ Confucius
PRACTICE DISCIPLINE & RESTRAINT – THESE QUALITIES BUILD CHARACTER AND SELF-WORTH: “Savings represent much more than mere money value. They are the proof that the saver is worth something in himself. Any fool can waste; any fool can muddle; but it takes something more of a man to save and the more he saves the more of a man he makes of himself. Waste and extravagance unsettle a man’s mind for every crisis; thrift, which means some form of self-restraint, steadies it.” ~ Rudyard Kipling
DO WHAT YOU LOVE, DO IT WELL, DO IT WITH PASSION – MAKE THAT YOUR FOCUS: “You can only be truly accomplished at something you love. Do not make money the goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. All the other tangible rewards will come as a result.” ~ Maya Angelou
DO THE BEST YOU CAN EACH DAY/THERE WILL BE GOOD DAYS AND BAD DAYS – JUST KEEP GOING: “Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” ~ Hellen Keller