Friday, March 23, 2012

How to Start Saving Money - Have a Look at Your Future

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see into your future ?

Unless you are a fortune teller or have a magical crystal ball in your closet, chances are you will not be able to actually see into your future. Why not then do the very next best thing. Visualize the future you would like to have.

Imagine


Yes, imagine being in a place you want to be and having everything you want to have. This is a fun exercise that everyone should try. It won't cost you anything except a little bit of your time.

Write down everything you would like to have in your life right now. Also write down where you would like to be spending most of your time right now. Now write down all of the activities you would like to be doing right now.

These three lists now represent your future life that you would like to have according to your current state of mind. Of course these lists could change in the future, but for now let's start with what you want right now.

Focus


The next step is to focus on the most important and realistic thing you would like to have right now. Make it your number one reason for being alive today.

Cut out pictures of the thing, place, or activity that is now your focus. Put these pictures in a place where you will see them everyday, when you wake up in the morning, before you go to bed at night, etc.

Keep this focus in front of you all the time up until the time you actually acquire the thing, place or activity. Once you achieve this goal, repeat the process with your next most important thing, place or activity on your list, etc etc

Develop Your Plan


Of course, to reach these goals you will need a plan of action. I suggest that you reread my previous post "How to Start Saving Money - Time for the B Word" to see how you can develop your personalized plan of action.

Without a well developed plan that you take action on, it will be next to impossible to get what you truly want out of life. Don't count on winning a lottery or inheriting a fortune. For most of us this will never happen.

Start Now


Don't say you'll do this stuff later. Do it Now! The longer you delay starting, the longer it will be until you can actually realize your future life that you want to have today. You owe it to your future self and whoever else you want to share your life with. What can possibly be more important than that!

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions for future topics.

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