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8 Ways of Thinking To Make You Become Rich

8 Ways of Thinking To Make You Become Rich

You may not know this, but your thoughts can affect your life. Thoughts are things. Scientists have measured vibrations of people’s thoughts and emotions, and they have found that positive, happy thoughts like love and appreciation vibrate very quickly. However, thoughts like fear, frustration, and envy vibrate very slowly. The phenomenon called the Law of Attraction explains the connection between your thoughts and your life – even your financial situation. In order to become rich, you must first be aware of the thoughts you have about money. If you find that you have any negative thoughts, you need to change them ASAP if you want to become rich. Here are 8 ways you can do that.

1. Believe you are worthy.

Many people in our culture have low self-esteem. We are constantly bombarded with messages about how we are “not good enough.” Whether you compare your beauty to super models or your bank account to Oprah’s, you need to believe that you genuinely have something to offer the world. You have a special gift and talent that will help you become rich. Rich people don’t have a problem promoting themselves, their services, or their business. That is because they believe they are worthy. You need to think that too.

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2. Believe it’s possible.

How many times did you hear your parents say things like, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Or, “Do you think I’m made of money?” Many of us have been negatively programmed to think that money is scarce. It is not. There is plenty of money out there for the taking. You just need to believe that deserve your “piece of the pie.” Anything is possible. But you need to believe that before it happens.

3. Appreciate what you already have.

If you sit around thinking, “I don’t like my house, I wish I had a bigger one.” Or, “I can’t wait to get a new car because I’m embarrassed to drive this one,” you are sending out negative vibrations with your thoughts. According to the Law of Attraction, negative, slow-moving thoughts will not create anything positive. Instead, you need to love your house or your car. Or simply be grateful that you have a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, or food on your table. The more you give appreciation to what you already have, the more likely it will be that you will be able to acquire more.

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4. Be happy for rich people.

Sometimes people hear negative statements about rich people. Do any of these sound familiar: “Rich people are snobs” or “Rich people aren’t honest” or “Rich people are selfish.” If you heard this a lot growing up, then your subconscious mind is programmed with negative thinking about rich people. And your subconscious probably won’t let you become rich because you certainly don’t want to be a “snob,” “dishonest,” or “selfish.” Instead, realize that many rich people are very good human beings. Believe they deserve what they have. Bless them, and say a ‘thank you’ in advance for becoming rich yourself.

5. Use affirmations or vision boards.

Writing out positive statements (affirmations) and repeating them over and over in your mind helps re-program your brain. If you found in #4 that you think rich people are snobs, then repeat an affirmation such as, “Rich people are generous, kind, and loving people. I am appreciative that I will be one of them someday.” Vision boards are helpful too. Get a poster board and cut out words and photos of things you want. It could be a new car, a big house, a private jet, or your own yacht. Whatever feels good and gets you excited is appropriate to put on the board. Use your affirmations and your vision board together for maximum results.

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6. Love money.

I’ve heard people say, “I hate money!” And my jaw always drops to the floor. How can you hate money? Well, the reason they hate money is because they don’t have any. That doesn’t mean that they really HATE money. They just hate the LACK of money. So you need to catch yourself if you keep saying negative things about money. Turn them around and say “I love money! Money is my friend! It brings me great joy!” The more that you put the positive vibrations of love towards the subject of money, the more you will acquire it.

7. Be happy paying your bills.

I’m sure you have had a pit in your stomach before when you are paying bills. Most people have. That is because their focus is on the negative. All they think about is how much money is going out, not coming in. But you need to reframe that. Be happy when you pay your bills. Because guess what? That means that you actually have the money to pay them! If you weren’t paying them, that would mean you don’t have any money. So be grateful for having the money to pay out. After all, it does provide you with a place to live, a car to drive, and food on your table. That’s a good thing!

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8. Commit to being rich.

Finally, you just need to decide to be rich! Don’t take no for an answer! Don’t give up! In order to accomplish anything in life, you need to be committed. You can’t simply treat “getting rich” as a hobby, or something that you’ll just try out and see what happens. It doesn’t work that way. Rich people are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make money and keep it! You need to do the same. Commit to your goal of being rich, and it will be yours.

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Carol Morgan

Dr. Carol Morgan is the owner of HerSideHisSide.com, a communication professor, dating & relationship coach, TV personality, speaker, and author.

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Last Updated on September 2, 2020

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

Personal finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. That’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

In this article, we will explore ways to set financial goals and actually meet them with ease.

4 Steps to Setting Financial Goals

Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task, if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps to get you started.

1. Be Clear About the Objectives

Any goal without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream, and this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore, if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it’s for. It could be anything, including your child’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car, etc.

Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives that you foresee in the future and put a value to each.

2. Keep Goals Realistic

It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a Pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going beyond what you can realistically achieve will definitely hurt your chances of making meaningful progress.

It’s important that you keep your goals realistic, as it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

3. Account for Inflation

Ronald Reagan once said: “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman.” This quote sums up what inflation could do your financial goals.

Therefore, account for inflation[1] whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far into the future.

For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years from now, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is a mere 3%. Always account for this to avoid falling short of your goals.

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4. Short Term Vs Long Term

Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach to achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It’s important to bifurcate goals into short-term and long-term.

As a rule of thumb, any financial goal that is due in next 3 years should be termed as a short-term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long-term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short-term vs long-term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

By now, you should be ready with your list of financial goals. Now, it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a two-step process:

  • Ensuring healthy savings
  • Making smart investments

You will need to save enough and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals.

Ensuring Healthy Savings

Self-realization is the best form of realization, and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

1. Track Expenses

The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your spending. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you will be surprised by how small expenses add up to a sizable amount.

Also categorize those expenses into different buckets so that you know which bucket is eating most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pumping up your savings rate.

If you’re not sure where to start when tracking expenses, this article may be able to help.

2. Pay Yourself First

Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classic mistake when setting financial goals. We pay ourselves last!

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Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world, i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and manage all the expenses from the rest.

The best way to actually implement this is to put the savings on automatic mode, i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (mutual funds, retirement accounts, etc) every month.

Taking the automatic route will help release some control and compel us to manage what’s left, increasing the savings rate.

3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick With It

Learning to create a budget is the best way to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be organized

Nowadays, several money management apps can help you do this automatically.

At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely, but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options, and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

4. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that, in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

Make savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counterintuitive to many, there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

  • Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Weekends are more expensive.
  • If you are a travel buff, try to travel during off-season. You’ll spend significantly less.
  • If you go shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

The key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice, which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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5. Talk About It

Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission.

Therefore, in order to stay the course, surround yourself with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

6. Maintain a Journal

For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

If you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energized to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot easier for you to track your progress.

Making Smart Investments

Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However, savings, when invested wisely, can do wonders.

1. Consult a Financial Advisor

Investment doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so it’s wise to consult a financial advisor.

Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings, and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

2. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the common ones, like a savings account, Roth IRA, and others.

Just like “no one is born a criminal,” no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference[2].

As a general rule, for all your short-term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature, for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds, etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less compared to equity instruments.

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3. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

Einstein once remarked about compounding:

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.”

Use compound interest when setting financial goals

    Make friends with this wonder kid. The sooner you become friends with it, the quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

    Start saving early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

    4. Measure, Measure, Measure

    All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments and taking stock of how our investments are doing.

    If we don’t measure progress at the right times, we are shooting in the dark. We won’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not, whether the financial advisor is doing a decent job, or whether we are moving closer to our target.

    Measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

    The Bottom Line

    Managing your extra money to achieve your short and long-term financial goals

    and live a debt-free life is doable for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. Use the tips above to get you started on your path to setting financial goals.

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