So, you’ve decided it’s time to do something. That may be as far as you’ve gotten, “Something…” You may have formulated a concrete plan to build a budget, stick to it and be totally fiscally responsible. You may be somewhere in between extremes. I’ve been at all stages at various times throughout my life, more than once. That last sentence should suggest something crucially important to you. I didn’t stick with it. I’ve made lots of decisions in my life of varying degrees of importance. The big-time decisions though…why didn’t I keep on that path that I was so inspired to undertake just months or weeks before? Why did I veer away? Why did I quit? I believe I know the answer to that and I hope it’s something that will be able to profoundly help others.
I didn’t know why I was doing what I was doing.
Think about it. Maybe you’re online right now researching ways to eliminate debt, budget properly or make more money. Great! You’re doing the right thing! Perhaps you’re a bit further down the road in your financial journey and are looking up where to put your money for the best return. Whatever your individual case may be, you and I share something in common. We had an initial moment of inspiration that spurred us to do what we’re doing right now. We had a beginning to the road we’re on and that road began with a thought. This thought, this modicum of a volt of electricity in our brain, it can be as profound and life-changing as anything that’s happened in the history of humanity. Or, it can be nothing at all. What are these thoughts:
• I want to be out of debt.
• I want to buy a home.
• I want to have money left over at the end of the month.
• I want to save up for _________.
• I want to take care of my family.
• I’m sick of worrying about money all the time!
• I want to help people.
The list goes on, of course. This concept isn’t just rooted in financially-based decision making, it applies to anything you decide to do in life. The point here is this: When you first had the desire to change your circumstances it made you feel something, it was emotional and it led you to take action. That first leap, from emotional thought to taking action, is natural and almost effortless. Many people don’t realize where they’re at and how important of a moment it is and stall out at this point. It’s way too easy to do and is so, so common. Sometimes we actually do harness this moment and run with it. For a while. I’m really good at it, actually. I’ll have this thought in my head… “I need to work out and be in better shape than I’ve ever been in my life!” I’ll feel so powerfully about it, act on it, be ultra dedicated to the gym for a month, feel great and then… It slips away. So, so easy to do, right?
So, how do you utilize the power of instant inspiration and motivation and make it last? Why does an idea have the power to be as profound and life-changing as anything that’s happened in the history of humanity. Or, be nothing at all? How do you recognize these moments in the first place? Great questions, lets get on ’em.
Money. It’s something that’s always been a passion of mine. Not money itself, obviously, but the procurement and proper management thereof. Through many…dumb decisions I’ve learned a thing or two about what TO do as well as what NOT to do. My girlfriend, Christa, recently began her blog, Gluten Free Style and it got me to thinking… I’ve heard of blogging, I’m familiar with what it is but never had it crossed my mind to even approach the industry. I looked in to it a bit and discovered the potential power of a properly written, managed and promoted blog. I thought to myself, “I love finance. I actually love to write, though I haven’t done it in a long time, I have always wanted my passions to be ale to help people and enrich their lives…Boom, I’m going to do this.” I knew in a split second that I had a massive moment of inspiration to carry me forward. You know these moments when they come up. Get used to paying attention to them, heed them, follow them to where they lead you. When you get used to noticing them, I think it will surprise you just how often these times come up. It doesn’t matter how these moments come in to being, what is important is that when they do, you recognize them. I saw Christa beginning her journey and it got me excited. I saw her following a passion of hers and the feeling of that saturated me. She inspired me to begin this site. I made the decision and the very next day Face Your Finances was born.
I had a moment of inspiration and I acted on it. Now, how do I stick to it? How do I make this website a permanent part of my life? I ask myself as often as I can remember, “Why am I doing this? What is my motivation? Why is this important to me?” I’m big in to physical reminders. I’ll hang notes for myself on my computer screen, I’ll send myself emails and texts, I’ll talk out loud to myself (when I’m alone). Eventually I won’t have to do these things as often, but for me when I’m starting out, this is absolutely crucial. I constantly remind myself WHY I’m doing what I’m doing. I become obsessed with motivating and inspiring myself with, essentially, my own motivation and inspiration! Crazy, right! It works!
Why can a single thought be all-powerful or nothing at all? Computers, phones, the Internet,(thanks Al Gore) the splitting of the atom… ALL of these things began with somebody thinking it. One of my favorite books is Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. In it, he writes a quote you’ve probably heard or read before: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” I believe this to be absolutely true and try my best to base my life, in part, off it. A single thought, once thought, believed and acted upon can manifest itself into such greatness in your life it will change you forever. The same exact thought just left to wither and float away… Well, it will make no difference whatsoever. It will just be another thought, there and gone.
Protect these thoughts, nurture them, feed them with like-thoughts. Let them mingle with your desires, your dreams, your goals and your passions. This company is never a crowd, they are never too much when surrounded by one another. When left alone, they will decay, they will atrophy and they will disappear. Kind of dramatic verbiage, but true nonetheless.
So you know why you’re doing what you’re doing. You know why you want to get out of the oppression of debt, why you want to save money or buy a home. Never forget your Why! Hold it close to you and constantly remind yourself about it.