Budgeting is a discipline every person should practice both in their personal and professional lives. A budget represents a plan to help you organize and spend your money. Ultimately, a budget represents income (net monies that you earn through work or business) and expenses (costs of an item or money spent on something). Here are 6 quick tips to help you setup, organize, and track a budget:
It has been said that every created object you see now, was first created in someone else’s mind. Everything is essentially created twice, first in the mind of the creator, and then it is manifested in real life.
A few of us have our goals written down, but how many of us are picturing what it’s like to live life as if we’ve already reached that goal? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is not often.
As the architect of your future, you cannot let this power go untapped. Most of us walk around with a vision of the past, which is to say that we obsess about our problems. What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning? Do you immediately remember your problems from the day before? Do you constantly obsess over what’s not going your way? This is more than just negative thinking, this is a mental rut that keeps you chained to your past.
What you think about are the ingredients that create your future, and should be taken seriously. It seems the older we get, the easier it is just to focus on our responsibilities rather than our goals; to survive rather than thrive. This is why our future will look almost exactly the same (or worse) as our present if we do not impose our will.
Think about how often you visualize your future, and then think about how often that visualization is negative or positive. Are you anxious or stressed? If you ever experience anxiety about the future, you’re not alone, but that does not mean you should settle for that state of mind. Business tycoon and best-selling author, Tony Robbins, has coached millions of people on having the right state of mind. Robbins has provided the following insight:
“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.”
The reality is that most people choose unhappiness over uncertainty.
But the good news is… that can change! Neuroscientist and corporate consultant, Dr. Joe Dispenza, states, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” The power of your thoughts translates to the physical, which means that almost everything you are currently experiencing in your life is due to the reality you first created in your mind. Even an architect doesn’t begin to build the home until it is “finished.” That is to say, the home does not begin construction until the plans or the mental picture is first completed. Even when you are losing weight, you must first visualize yourself as a fit person, living a fit person’s lifestyle. It’s the same thing for your business and your life.
To finally take control of your future, start by developing a clear, detailed, visualization of your future. It’s also known as a “mental movie” for your ideal future. This movie needs be as detailed as if it is happening in real life, so when you picture it, your mind is actually experiencing all the sights, sounds, and even emotions of that moment in time. Your mind cannot tell the difference between real and imagined if it is detailed enough.
Visualization Exercise: For your mental movie, pick a moment in time in your future – an event or even a typical day, in which you experience all your future goals at once. An example could be driving up to your new home, in the car you’ve always wanted, greeting your spouse warmly, and you’re in the best health of your life (in more detail of course). This moment in time can encompass all your goals in one vision. You can always create multiple ones later, but perhaps begin with one. Do this exercise at least twice in a day, ideally first thing in the morning and last thing at night, when your subconscious mind is the most receptive to suggestion.
Author’s Note: As a team we have explained in previous posts that visualization is one part of the equation, and hard work is another. Work is not to be overlooked, visualization is just another critical aspect of achieving your goals.
On a deeper level, remember that the mind is constantly moving toward equilibrium, which means the more you visualize your future the way you want it, the more your subconscious mind goes to work on bringing those circumstances to life. You must visualize yourself “being” the person that would have all the things that you want. Think about for a minute the type of person who would have an abundant, joy-filled life. Are they in control? Are they positive? You must see yourself as this new person and then make that visualization your reality.
“In order to have a new personal reality, you must have a new personality.” – Dr. Joe Dispenza
Ever thought a meeting was a waste of time? You’re not alone. In fact, one analysis found that, on average, 33% of meeting time is unproductive for most participants.
Meetings will almost always be a necessity for professionals though, especially if you work with a team. In this blog we outline the various ways that you can improve your meetings, keep your team on track, and make the most of your meetings!
The Big Deadline
Your meetings will be much more successful and productive if you stick to these guidelines. By making your priorities and goals clear and transparent, you will respect everyone’s time and provide more valuable teamwork.
Notes from: Early to Rise – Matt Smith