When focusing on to how to grow money, there is an emphasis in two different areas, usually without a connection. One approach, taught mostly by mindset experts and money coaches, is focused completely on the psychology of money; set the financial goals (or not), do the affirmations, and create the vision board.
While I love all of this mindset stuff, this approach leaves out the essential action steps of how to grow money…
The other approach is focused on the practical steps of how to grow money. While financial advisers and financial planners have begun focusing more on financial goals as a starting point, they deal with the pragmatic and logical steps of how to grow money.
But when you marry these two approaches, the money mindset and the practical steps, a synchronicity happens that inspires actions to create wealth.
Because even if the all the steps are in place to make more money, save the money, and make good investments that increase in value, if someone has bad money habits, the best laid plans will probably go awry.
The root of bad money habits is money mindset, so this the starting point for how to grow money. One of the biggest keys to money mindset is that little voice inside your head, which is the focus of an upcoming series of Financial Woman articles.
Everyone is so busy doing the things that need to be done every day it feels like there’s no time to really hear that little voice. But, that little voice is worth making time to hear….because it is almost certainly helping or sabotaging your entire life.
So, how can you hear that little voice in your head? How can you get to know it so that the voice is your friend, and not your foe? The answer is insanely simple but also very difficult in today’s busy world: it’s quiet time to listen.
Here are a few ways I’ve been able to befriend the little vice inside my head after many years of resisting it.
Keep a pretty spiral bound journal in any area where you may get a few moments of inspired quiet time.
For me, that’s my breakfast table and my bedside table. Don’t get caught up that you have to use the same journal; you know as well as I do that the stack of laundry or another equally mundane chore will grab a hold of your leg if you walk into another room to get your journal. (And guilt may surface for even considering the luxury of quiet time!)
Carry a small notebook in your purse.
Once you start getting to know your little voice, you’ll start to notice it delivering powerful insights when you least expect it.
Leave your routine.
For me, that may be heading down a country road instead of the freeway. (Listen, but write later if you’re driving!)
Use the voice recorder on your cell phone when you can’t write.
This is a great tool on walks.
Schedule regular time to journal at least once a week.
Be patient; it may take a few weeks to connect with your little voice. You can’t expect an instant relationship with something you’ve neglected for years. Find half an hour each week to radically change your life. It will be the best investment you’ve ever made, and a powerful starting step for how to grow money.