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How To Make A New Years Resolution That Works

Every year people make new resolutions that they hope to accomplish for the next year. Most probably won’t keep it. There are many reasons why but it’s usually for lack of actually wanted to complete it. Here are 3 steps to make a resolution and how to keep it.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”

~William Hutchinson Murray

Stay in reality

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”  ~Philip K. Dick

If the goal is to make a million dollars by the end of next year, it’s probably not going to happen unless you win the lottery. If you want that goal then by all means try it but make sure you complete the next step before you make it your final resolution.

It is good to push yourself so that you change but make it somewhat achievable. For instance you could say I want to make 20% more that I did this year or save 20% more. You could even say I want to make a budget and stick to it every month.

Make plans to succeed

“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”

~Proverb

How are you going to achieve your resolution? Saying what you want to accomplish is one thing, but planning how you’re going to do it is what will make or break your resolution. Break down your final goal into small monthly goals. That will help bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

For instance, If you want to make 20% more than you did last year, that could be $10,000. That equals $833 each month you would have to make extra. Then you brainstorm different things you could do for that amount. Perhaps a second job, or selling some items. Just come up with as many things, even unfeasible things, and then go through them and find what will work. That’s your plan and that will help you succeed.

Become accountable

“Accountability breeds response-ability.”

~Stephen R. Covey

You can do all that, but tell no one, so that way if you fail then no one will know. Yea that’s the easy way but that’s not going to change your life, tell someone what you’re going to do. Maybe they’ll even want to join you. But the point is to bring someone on that can hold you accountable for what you want for your life. A loved one or friend is preferable but if you don’t want to as them, then give me a try and sign up for my free monthly accountability emails, where’ I’ll keep you going month after month and we can motivate each other  to complete our resolutions.

The point of a resolution is to change something in your life because you’re not happy with what you’re currently doing in that area. Keep this resolution and you will have a new life you are happy with. It’s time to finally take a leap. JUMP!!

Are you going to take the leap this year?

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This 1 Question Will Change Your Spending Habits

A Buddha in the Rain Creative Commons License photo credit: h.koppdelaney

When I was a child I was very curious. I always asked questions about things. One show I used to watch called “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” had a great episode. In it one of the characters, Ellen, kept asking the question “Why?” As kids we’re always inquisitive. What happened to that? Why don’t we ask ourselves that question more often?

I’m a big believer that everyone can control themselves. Granted sometimes it’s very hard (ex. drug addiction). You can check out the  rehabnear.me christian centers to have a control on youself when it comes to drugs.

But mentally,

  • You decide what to think
  • You decide if you’re going to get upset if someone cuts you off in traffic
  • You decide if someone talking bad about you is going to piss you off (excuse my French)
  • You decide if a little rain is going to ruin your day (Literally and figuratively)
  • You are the master of your mind

No one can control it unless you let them.

Next time you decide you use a credit card to buy an outfit because it looks good on you, but you don’t have the cash, or decide to get a payday loan like on this site, ask yourself “Why?”

  • Why do you keep buying clothes that you don’t need?
  • Is there something inside of you that says you need a new outfit to feel good?
  • Why do you need to spend money to feel good?

That’s a bad outlet to get a high. Instead, learn to love what you have. Make a list of things you’re happy about. Make a list of things you love. Make a list of things you’re proud of.

In the end I think it’s boredom that causes this. If you weren’t shopping what would you be doing? Watching TV; talking on the phone; surfing the net. While these things are entertaining to do, they are just that, entertainment. Find a hobby that will be more fulfilling. Perhaps sewing?

If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, or are heavily in debt ask yourself why? Be honest with yourself and don’t blame others. If your significant other spends all of the money ask why? Why don’t you talk to them about it? Why don’t you compromise? Why don’t you say no? Get to the root of the problem with you, then you can solve the problem you have with others

Just ask why?

Do you ask why?

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The Biggest Gamble We Must All Make

dice I never finished college. I just didn’t like learning things that had nothing to do with what I wanted to do in life. Especially when I really didn’t know what I wanted to do in life. I chose the path of pretty much not going to college and I don’t regret it. I’m taking a gamble and I hope it pays off. I was lucky in that I didn’t have to take out any unsecured personal loans and end up getting nothing out of it.

Go to college

The story these days is that you go to college, get a degree, and then stay at your parents house because you can’t find a job. As the economy goes south, so does the risk of not getting a job after you graduate. What college gets you is a better chance at success in the corporate world. You have a chance to get more connections and you’ll have a degree that shows proof that you can finish what you start.

Life is easier with a degree, plain and simple. But that’s only if you use it to the full potential. What if you’re not good at socializing? What if you’re not that interested in getting a degree? Then college is probably a bigger risk of failure to you and maybe you should have foregone college and got a head start out of high school.

Don’t get me wrong, college is a great experience and you can get a lot of connections that will serve you well after you get out. But that’s if you make the effort to get those connections. That’s all part of the gamble.

Don’t go to college

If you make this choice the road is a lot harder. However, it can give you a head start.  About 50% of the people that go to college drop out. If you take that route, then you wasted time you could have had in the workforce or starting a business.

Once you get out of high school you have to make a choice of which path you want to choose for yourself. If the economy is down like it is you have a better chance of just joining the work force or even starting your own business. When the economy’s down the risk of going to college and not getting a job are about the same as starting a successful business that you control.

I could either go to college and risk not getting a job when I get out or not go to college and risk that I won’t be able to go up in the ranks at work because I don’t have a degree.

What I’m getting at is that you have to make a choice of whichever one you feel will give you the best chance of happiness. I chose what I feel will be a harder road but I think I need that challenge in life.

What road did you choose? Do you regret your choice?

I’ll start. While I wish I started out sooner, I will say I did learn a lot about myself by going through the college atmosphere. So, I don’t regret it because I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t attempt college.

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The One Asset You’ll Always Have

In Search Of Lost Time

The first thing we own as a person when coming into this world is, you guessed it, is time. There have been many situations in which both I and you have used the phrase “I spend my time doing x” and neither of us has realized how the way we think and speak affects our life. The first action is born at the level of the mind known as the subconscious and it becomes motion in a couple of Nano seconds leading to action.

Invest it

Instead of “spending time” we should choose to “invest time”. We should invest time in activities which make us feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. If we focus on being healthy we will be able to enjoy life more and also work more which in turn will mean more money into our pockets.

If we invest time in reading about personal finance then our mind will grow and we will know how to pay ourselves first and protect the money we work so hard to earn by learning to work smarter not harder. If we have a balanced personality we will be in a good mood and have a nice positive vibe which will attract more wonderful opportunities and people into our lives that will mentor us on how to become wealthy.

To be wealthy means to be successful on all the levels of your life: family, career, personal level of development, social relationships and financial status.

The way you invest your time as a person will determine whether you will be poor, belong to the middle class or be a part of the exceptional people known as rich.

Use it wisely

Most of us after a whole month of work are tempted to go spend the money that is left over after taxes and bills are taken care of on various treat or activities. We love to spoil ourselves and we all know it. Instead of eating this big piece of candy at the end of the month take that small sum of money and put it away in a savings account. Delay gratification! If this piece of candy makes you feel so good about yourself now, imagine how good it will make you feel when you have six times as much and decide it is time to increase your income by investing the money into something that will raise your standard of living.

Take a course about something you always wanted to learn and get certified! Switch your line of work to what you have always wanted to do and begin making more money. Now that you are certified you will begin to receive more offers and you will notice an increase in monthly cash flow.

You are one of the best

The truth is the majority of people we call rich are people like you and me. The portrait of the billionaire no longer resembles to a corporate suit that works 18 hours per day and drives to work in the most expensive foreign car just because he loves to attract attention.

The modern day billionaire is a person that had a normal life growing up, some even mediocre. They had no special talents or didn’t benefit from the whole education package and decided it is time to make their own way in life, so they learned about personal finance.

Personal finance is not about spending money, but about how to keep as much of the money you make as you can. The first investment you should ever make is in yourself.

Take the time and the money that you’ve made today and invest it in yourself so by the end of year you will have made even more money! In case you have noticed that I have said the end of the year instead of tomorrow that is because the process takes time. Stay true to the principle and put in the work and you will be on your way to wealth!

How do you use your time wisely?

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Thursday Quick Tip: Quit Smoking Today

I just want to give you a quick tip today that will affect your health as well as your wallet. Quit smoking.  Yeah, I said it, quit smoking.  It can add up to quite a bit of costs now as well as in your future.  Think about all of the money you spend each week, month, and year on smoking.  It is a lot of money that you could use toward debt or even vacation.  That would be pretty nice wouldn’t it?

And in the future when you are in the hospital because you need help breathing, its not going to feel too hot then will it.  Also it will cost you a huge chunk of change just to live.  So stop.

Smoking also affects your loved ones because they don’t want to see you on your death bed.  It is going to hurt them a lot when they see you suffering because you wanted to smoke. Next time you take a puff, think about your future loved ones or your loved ones now that are going to suffer because you wanted to relax a little; it just isn’t worth it.

If you do want to continue smoking, let me know in the comments below why you are making that decision and maybe we can converse back and forth a little.  You may change my mind or maybe I’ll change yours; we’ll just have to see.  This week’s quick tip, stop smoking.