Secrets to Take Control of Your Life and Financial Situation
By Al Auger
In today’s economy people everywhere are searching for ways
to improve their financial situation and their life. But coming from
a place of fear and desperation, it’s easy to be sucked in by the
schemes that promise you will reach all your dreams. You commit
resources, both time and money, but you still don’t have what you
want. Frustrated and in more emotional pain, you fall back to your
safe zone. And the cycle is ready to run itself again.
Your success is a matter of getting your emotions in control
enough to respond positively, logically and systematically. You need
objectivity in your life. By applying the following steps you will
be pulled out of mediocrity.
1. There is nothing without a beginning: Everything in
life must start somewhere. According to the Bible, it took 6 days
for the Earth to be created. Bill Gates was not always a
billionaire. He started in his garage. So whatever it is you desire,
you can’t start out in the middle.
If you want to lose weight, quit smoking, be a millionaire,
or whatever it is you desire, there is a beginning point. Just like
gaining weight started one pound at a time; there is a starting
point that leads to the building process. So stop looking for the
instant fix. Understanding the process, becoming aware that you are
in it, and starting down its road will accelerate your goal
2. Stop Spinning Your Wheels:
We have all heard
the term ‘cold feet.’ Letting your feet freeze solid into the ice
will only yield you helpless. The world is never static --
everything is in constant change. You may choose to embrace it and
work with it or you may choose to resist it. The latter choice being
much like standing in front of a moving glacier, you will be
crushed. However, riding the glacier will propel you effortlessly to
your goal. Success is always a personal matter. Your determination
to succeed is yours alone. Learning all you can from those before
you will eliminate your wheel spinning. Learning the nuances and
“tricks of the trade” will all help, but ultimately it’s all up to
you to get your wheels out of the mud.
3. Find the will and you have the keys:
In order to find
the will, you must find your true passion. This is easier said then
done. It is a more complicated process than can be shared here. It
can require the assistance of a catalyst. Most importantly it is a
process that cannot be shortcut at all. Despite that warning, many
people do not prioritize this step. If you are serious about finding
your true passion, then be willing to prioritize this step. If you
find that your desire wanes then you probably have shortcut this
For example, Brian was a college senior digging for a job
upon graduation. He wrote numerous letters to potential employers.
He was having trouble formulating this one letter to this one
employer with whom he had interviewed. Brian became frustrated and
couldn’t get the letter formulated so he asked for help. Brian
didn’t need the help, he had written numerous well-formulated
letters before. So he was asked why he thought he was having so much
trouble writing a letter to this particular company. After Brian was
forced to reassess his lack of will to write this letter, he finally
concluded that he didn’t really want to work for that company
So if you think you want something, but just can’t quite get
to it, remember find your will. Contemplate it, feel it and
understand what having that something will do for you. Remember, it
may not be a better house you are seeking. Instead, it might be the
ideal family living in the current house that you desire. Many
people have listened to themselves sometimes for months or years
before really believing that they have hit the target. Once you know
you’ve got something that just won’t go away, you are ready to
further test your passion.
4. Assess your resources:
It’s time to take inventory of the resources available
to you in accomplishing your objective. Make a list of the items you
need. Identify the items that you have and those that you do not.
For most people money is in the “needs” column and in the “don’t
have” column. Because of this double listing, money is the single
most destructive “bomb” capable of blasting away all dreams. If you
are in this situation, revisit step 3 immediately and change the way
you view money. Using other people’s money and knowing how to get it
is a common practice that has built many companies. The stock
exchanges of the world all use other people’s money to raise funds
for existing companies to grow. If that thought is too big for you,
then keep it simple. There are numerous wealthy individuals out
there who are very willing to invest their money in the right
venture. It’s up to you to garner the resolve, structure the right
opportunity, identify your objectives and then go and find it.
If you find at this point your resolve wanes a bit, or your
passion dips, do not give up, this is hard for anyone. Take a
breather first. You might just need a break and a rest, or you may
just need to revisit step 3. Whatever the case, stay objective as
much as you can. If you quit before you begin, your end result will
be certain failure.
5. Plan your attack:
Once you have made your list, you will know what resources
you will need to acquire. This is the first step to any great plan.
If, for example, you require more knowledge or education, you will
then need to go and get it. Any goal will fit into this process,
including losing weight for example. How? Your “items needed” list
will most likely call for nutritional information and exercise
information. As you complete the steps honestly and thoroughly, you
will see your plan unfold. You will feel pulled closer and closer to
your definitive aspiration.
It’s now time to take serious notice of your progress. Ask
yourself if you are getting closer to your goal or stuck in place.
Stopping, pausing, and thinking are effective and can free you if
you are trapped. Learn to question; curiosity may have killed the
cat, but there is no evidence that humans have ever met with the
same fate. Dig deep. Ask yourself if there is a fresh new approach
or something you can do differently to propel you more rapidly
towards your purpose. Know that as you proceed in this search, your
past experiences become a great resource for assisting you in your
7. Adapt, encourage, continue:
Adapt your plan to
the ever-changing information you are constantly receiving. Maybe
you have found a different path that will accelerate your search.
Take a moment to encourage yourself. Be careful here -- it must be
realistic and not distorted encouragement. Look objectively at how
far you’ve come from your beginning. Continue on your quest with
passion and desire, and the belief that these steps hold your keys.
Always re-evaluate the information you are getting as you
travel along your search. Remember there is no right way to achieve
what it is you are after. It is a search, a never-ending journey.
There is no ultimate destination. The search is the destination. For
every successful actor, executive, doctor, politician, teacher,
lawyer, or professor there is a different story and path that each
one has followed to get where he or she is today. But their search
should continue as they learn more about their particular
profession. It’s the courage to start the process. It’s the courage
to start your own search for a profitable life. Because without a
beginning, there is no ending, or at least not the ending you
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