By: Shagufta Khatri
If your mind is on money and money is on your mind, perhaps it is causing you worry and anxiety. I do not know your story and have not walked in your shoes; but I am just like many of you. I know what it is to stay awake at night counting sheep and on other nights curling up and crying myself to sleep. Worrying about paying bills on time or being intimidated by the rising credit card debt.
You have been struggling and even considered looking for the magic solution; winning the lotto! You have tried several things but nothing seemed to click. What does it take to make it; does one have to work harder or have to work smarter?
Spending less is just one side of the coin; you do need to look at options to earn more too. The how of it is an entire topic, for another day. It could mean getting more paying clients for your business, getting a better paying job or turning your hobby into a side-income in your spare time.
If there was one single thing I could tell you, to do differently; to get out of your financial crisis and to improve your money situation, I would say, get committed. It is not a magic pill that one swallows and boom; all problems get solved. It is something for the long haul, it is all encompassing; to stay committed. Oh well, being committed can mean different things for different people. I will share what being committed means to me, and I know it works.
Just saying, yes, I am committed is not enough! You have to stay committed! Your thoughts, words and actions should all be in alignment with your commitment. Let me simplify this for you in one single sentence.
It starts with gratitude, follows with your attitude, & finishes off with consistent and persistent action.
A few tips that can help you get started:
- Be grateful that you have a job, business.
Everyday find something, anything to be grateful for. If you can’t be grateful for what you already have, why will the Lord or the Universe give you anything more!
- Take good care of what you already have.
- Show up at work with a positive attitude (don’t forget to be punctual and well groomed)
- Stop hanging out with the whiners and complainers (instead hang out with the wannabes, the doers, the movers and the shakers).
Aim for the moon, even if you miss, you will land among the stars
- Do a thorough check of your skill set and ask a well-wisher (someone from your inner circle) to give you honest criticism.
- Whatever needs improvement, get working on it right away. Learn new skills at your current job and be willing to take on more responsibility.
- Diligently sending out resumes to places you are interested in working at will not help. That is an old strategy. Network in person and online (through LinkedIn or Facebook groups). Do update your resume and profile to match the position you are aiming at; do not send in your resume from 5 years ago.
- If in business, invest in yourself. Hire a coach-mentor to learn new skills in your trade. It costs money but you will reach your goals quicker and with much less frustration.
- Avoid competing and comparing yourself to others. It is going to cause you a lot of unnecessary mental pressure and heartburn. Know your purpose or goal, then stay on your path and finally take a deep breath and let go…enjoy your journey.
- One last tip, after reading this article, do not move on another day without taking action.
Everyday, do one small thing, take one tiny step that takes you closer to your goal. Sometimes your goal or purpose becomes only clear after taking those first few uncertain steps.
I do understand, it is not easy to stay committed; there are temptations every day to fall off- track. It is OK, if you do fall off the track, forgive yourself, get right back on and commit to your decision once again.
Here, I have just mentioned being committed when it relates to your financial goals but I assure you, apply this to any aspect of your life be it health, relationships or even personal development; You will see Big impacts by making this small Shift!
#To Your Peace, Progress & Prosperity J