Well, it’s a new year and you are ready to go! You have the plans and the energy and the drive. You know what to do but you’re not sure how to do it (much less how to do it in a truly lasting, life-changing way). And so your money isn’t feeling how you want it to feel just yet. And “yet” is an important word because, it is all about having the plan of action to make it happen. Now it may sound very simple, however, life coaching experts suggest that The best way to signify to yourself that you are making a fresh start is to clean everything in your life from your car to your house to your desk. When you clean things you send a signal to your brain that you are creating more clarity which is the kind of feeling that allows you to make a new start. So in regards to your money, why not do the following:
- Email your banker or financial advisor and ask for a statement. Yes, you will get one anyway, but if you reach out and ask for one, it could be the start of an interesting conversation.
- Once you get your financial statement, ask your financial advisor if there are any suggestions that they might have to help you make better financial moves in the new year.
- Start reading up on financial news to be aware of trends in the market place.
- Go to conferences and workshops that can assist you in learning and networking with like minded individuals who also want to improve their financial situation.
From there, other steps that you can take to give 2018 a real clean start is as follows from the life coaches at www.nlp.ie:
(1) EVALUATE THE CURRENT SITUATION
The first thing to do is to focus on evaluating the current situation. What needs to change? What has already changed? How are things different? What do you have control over? By answering these questions you will understand what kind of fresh start you need to have.
(2) LET GO OF THE PAST
By letting go of the past I don’t mean just forgetting about it. What’s important is to focus on letting the nostalgia fade into the background. The past is worth learning from and teaching you where you need to go next. You just need to make sure that you don’t carry baggage from yesterday into the future or it will never truely be a fresh start.
(3) FOCUS ON WELL FORMED OUTCOMES.
What do you want to have happen now? What do you want to do? Set out your goals for the future and make sure that they are positive, specific, based in the five senses (what will you be able to see, hear and feel?), ecological (good for you and others and worth it in the long run) and in your control.
(4) FIGURE OUT NEW BEHAVIOURS THAT WILL HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL.
There are certain behaviours that you know will be more likely to help you achieve your goals. List out the behaviours that you need to engage in from now on and begin to implement them in your life.
(5) KEEP AN EYE ON YOURSELF AND BE DISCIPLINED.
Now that you are doing things differently, it is useful for you to ensure that you are continuously practising being disciplined in whatever new behaviours you are engaging in.
And of course, we always say never go it alone. You should reach out to a financial coach, your financial advisor or a mentor to discuss how your 2018 goals will align with where you want your money to be.