Reduce Money Stress and Make Better Financial Decisions
Have you noticed that when you can make decisions from a place of peace and calm they are always better ones that serve you well?
I suspect this is the case for most people.
When it comes to money decisions and financial planning, being clear and calm leads to plans that are better in the long run. When we tap into the media hysteria about world economic events or make snap decisions in a time of stress the results can be disastrous.
Recently I had a Vedic astrologer (Bill Levacy) talk to me about sharing self-calming strategies. We discussed meditation (which I have been practicing for the past nine years).
This got me thinking about a 4-step model for a C.A.L.M. approach to money:
Claim what you desire –
You can’t build a prosperous life without knowing what that means to you. What is it that you desire? What is your vision for the future?
Appreciate where you are at right now –
You won’t move ahead if you are putting all of your attention on how unhappy you are at this moment. We are in the perfect place always – it just might not feel like it. Where you are now is setting the stage for where you will be going. Our present situation gives us clarity on what we would like instead.
Listen to your inner guidance.
We’re always directed on the right path – we just can’t always hear the guidance. It’s like having a GPS that helps us find our way, but turning off the sound and refusing to look at the display. One of the best ways I’ve found to turn up the volume on my internal GPS is to meditate and quiet the chatter in my mind.
Move your feet!
Once you are clear on the path and you have the direction to get there (or the guidance to figure it out) step into action. Start doing what you need to do or figure out your next move. Taking some action in the direction you want to go is much better than doing nothing (unless of course doing nothing is deliberate step).
Practice these steps whenever you want to switch off financial fear.