One of the major decisions I have made over the past few years has been to change my diet so that I feel good. I made a conscious decision to do this after it resisting it for a long time. After being a life- long junkie who could not possibly pass up clipping a great recipe, I changed my focus.
This change required changing my perspective; I realized that my body knows what it wants and needs, it tells me, and I want to honor that for my overall good. After making a committed decision, I just have to listen and act accordingly.
This same shift paradigm works in any area of our lives, including our personal finances. I saw the following steps in implementing the changes that I knew I wanted to make:
- Prioritize. I decided that feeling good was more important than eating certain foods. What are your priorities around money? What are your Money Reasons, or those really, really important things that you want to accomplish with your money?
- Make a committed decision. Always simple, never easy; decide. What decision do you need to make around your money? To increase your income, to learn what you need to know to confidently evaluate your financial advisor, or to create order with your finances?
- Change your perspective. I realized that I still get to eat lots of excellent food. What perspective can you adopt to support your committed decision?
- Think gratitude. I have focused on feeling better than I have in years, and how blessed I am to be able to eat organic high quality food. If you are reading this article on a computer, you have much to be grateful for given the world as a whole.
- Make use of your new space in time and focus after the priority shift. I now cook simpler meals, and spend less time, energy and money dining out. (My husband lovingly calls me a cheap date.) Are there areas where you are spending your time, energy or money that could lead to more meaningful results in your life?
Do I miss enchiladas and margaritas? Yes! Was I happy to wake up feeling great today? It’s simply a bigger yes, especially after stepping back and taking a bigger picture look at my life and my priorities.
What are your priorities with your money? Have you defined them, and then defined the steps to accomplish them? Decide what you want in your life, and then create it.