All of us have had dreams from early childhood up until now. As we got older the dreams may have changed, but we all have dreams that we would like to accomplish. The sad reality is that most people will shape their dreams around their income rather than using their dreams to increase their income.
What am I getting at? Let me explain. Let’s say someone makes $80k/yr. at their corporate job. Most likely they have tied their “dreams” or goals into what $80k/yr can buy them; car, home, travel, etc. They can not imagine driving a Ferrari or living in a multi-million dollar home because to them it is not “realistic.” They have no way of achieving those goals so the settle for what they can afford.
I am challenging you to develop a dream so big it intimidates you. When you have a big dream that is bigger than your current circumstances, it forces you to take action and make the kind of money to afford what you want. You will strive to make enough money to be able to afford that multi-million dollar home or retire your wife/husband from their job; even yourself! You were created to do more and be more, not just settle for what life or your boss says your value is. You can begin to shape your financial future by just increasing your dreams alone! When your subconscious mind is set on achieving a goal, it will begin to create and think of opportunities to help you achieve that goal. That is why one of my definitions of success is: When opportunity and preparedness meet. Your mind will have you prepared to see an opportunity and take advantage of it.
So begin to increase your dreams to increase your finances. Stop settling for what you currently have based on your circumstances. Rise up and be all you can be!
Over the past several years, many people have endured demoralizing corporate lay-offs or downsizing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that as of 2013, 11.3 million people are unemployed. That is a frightening statistic. Are you one of those millions?
The sad part of this scenario is that most of these individuals did not have a “plan-B” or a safety net that they could fall back on if they ever lost their job. Now that they have gotten laid of, they have to scramble to try to find some work in order to keep the lights on and food on the table! More times than not, they end up taking a job that pays them less than what they were making before just so they can have some type of income. Not a good situation, is it?
What about you? Do you have a safety net? I’m sure you are thinking that you have a good job and are on the fast track for growth within your company. I have heard that all too often only to then hear that there was a corporate takeover and the new company is bringing their staff in with them. Maybe you have a bunch of money in your savings account (not many do) and you can go for a period of time without any income. Can you go 90 or 120 days with no income? You have worked hard and have been very disciplined in order to save money so why would you want to have to resort to using it in order to survive before you retire?
I recommend that you develop a secondary stream of income. You can not expect to work with one company for the next 30-40 years and retire with any financial dignity. It just doesn’t happen like that anymore. Having a secondary income can be done in your spare time. It does not have to interfere with your current career or family time. This can be done on your own accord with as much or as little effort as you would like to put in. Think about it, if you could make an extra $2,000/month in your spare time, would that help things around the house? Could you start to get out of debt quicker? Travel more? Be able to keep your current standard of living if you got laid off? Now you can make more or less per month, but I’m just using that number as an example to get you to think about why it would be a good idea to make extra money outside of your career.
If you have not thought about having a safety before, I would encourage you to do so. We can’t predict the future, but we can make every effort to make it more secure regardless of what happens. My wife and I have helped hundreds of individuals and families create a secondary source of income as a safety net. If you would like to find out more about what we do, click on this link and provide some simple information where we can fill you in on all of the details.
Everybody has baggage from their past that can prevent them from achieving their goals. This quick video will help you to understand that who you were in the past does not determine who you can become in your future!
Good decision making is crucial to anyone that wants to achieve success. In the very high-tech world we live in today, there is a battle for your mind. From the pressures of getting the newest cell phones/technology to the tv commercials telling you why you should buy their products, to the world news attempting to direct you on how to vote, think, etc.we are constantly surrounded by others who want to make decisions for you.
It’s no wonder why so many people fall victim to their own decisions. They have never really had to. It is as if many people are like sheep that just follow one another into the slaughter house and then wonder “how did I end up here?” With the constant battle for our minds, we must understand how to think for ourselves and make the best decisions that can have a positive influence in our lives. We have fallen into the trap of trying to “keep up with the Joneses” (whoever they are) and if my next door neighbor, co-worker, friend, or relative is doing or not doing it, it must be the right thing to do. Those of you who learn how to think for yourself and make quality decisions can save yourself a lot of hard times and heart aches.
I am not proposing that I am an expert in decision making nor do I claim that I have made all of the right decsions. That is very far from the truth! In fact, the reason why I feel that I can write this post is because I have made many bad decisions try ing to keep up with the rest of society! The key is that I have learned from most of my bad decisions and more importantly, learned from the process of how I made those bad decisions.
The way to make a good decision versus a bad decision is not at all complicated. In fact, it can be summed up with one word- VISION.
Vision allows you to look ahead and see things how you want the end result to be not as you see them currently This is not like having psychic powers where you are looking into the future, but you have a clear picture of where you want to be and then make your actions line up in order to get there.
So what does vision have to do with making good decisions you ask? Everything! If you don’t have the vision of where you are going, how can you get there? Furthermore, how can you take the correct actions and take advantage of the law of cause and effect?
Vision allows you to look far enough ahead to see what is coming. By doing this, you can now be proactive instead of reactive. When people are reactive to things it is like being hit by a barrage of punches from Floyd Mayweather. You are powerless and have to take them with no time to adjust.
If you take our slumping economy, bad job market, and high gas prices into account, you can see how the people with vision can avoid the life challenges of the majority. Those folks who have either went into business for themselves or started a home-based business where they can make additional income while maintaining a job, have looked ahead and fixed their leaky roof before it rains. They know what they want (or what they don’t want) and are doing something about it. They are being proactive.
So how about you? Have you been proactive or have you been hit with body blow after body blow from Floyd Mayweather?! After awhile those punches hurt and start to wear you down. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Have you lost your vision for what you want and are now just taking life as it comes? I know how that feels, I have been there. It is a very frustrating feeling to not feel like you have any control over your life or future. The good news is that you can take control of your financial future by making the right decisions. One of the best decisions that I have ever made was to start a home-based business and take control of my financial future so when the economy slumped or the job market dried up, I am able to get water from my well rather than wonder where the well is!
If you have vision of where you want to be for your financial future and are ready to do something about it, then click here and let’s talk!!