To take your first step and set your mind on the course to financial success, you must begin to dream. You must begin to envision the kind of life you desire. For some of you, this will be easy, because you have dreamed all your life. For others, it will be more difficult. Why? Some people simply don’t know how to dream—they’ve never tapped into their imagination deeply enough to let their thoughts run free.
Other people, deep down, don’t believe that they deserve wealth or success. But they’re wrong. Everyone deserves a better place in life, and the dream has to come first. And if you’ve never let your imagination run free in this way, there’s no time like the present.
Let’s try a little exercise. Find a quiet place where there are no distractions. Think about your future financial freedom for just a moment. Envision the future—not just when you reach some arbitrary financial milestone, but further into the future. Think about your life after you achieve the financial freedom that you want.
What will you do with the money? Visualize yourself actually spending money on things you have always wanted. Would you buy a new car if you had a lot more money? Can you see yourself actually driving your old car into that showroom and buying that dream car? Having trouble?
This process of visualization may be very hard for some of you, mainly because for so many years, you have blocked out the possibility of great things happening to you. You assumed that if you didn’t think too much about your financial worries, then that might make your frustrations a little easier to take. It’s an “out of sight, out of mind” approach.
But that type of attitude is precisely what you should move you away from. Dare to dream again! Get those creative juices flowing! Think back to the excitement that life held when you were a teenager, and everything seemed possible. (If you’re a teenager now, congratulations for worrying about these issues at such an early age; you’re almost guaranteed success.) If at first you don’t succeed in dreaming, try and try again.
If you achieved financial freedom, what would you buy for yourself? What would you buy for a member of your family? Can you see yourself spending your money, laughing, and having a good time? Giving a loved one something that he or she has always wanted? Good. You must start dreaming before this process can begin to work for you. Remember, mental rewards are just as good as physical ones.
All right, I’m willing to bet that at least some of you didn’t go through that exercise. Well, I am going to stop right here and give you another chance. (If you did it, do it again.) Pause for a moment. No one’s timing you. Let yourself go. (What’s the downside? There is none!) Give your mind a chance to create the kind of future you’ve always wanted. Try it now.
Next blog will pick back up after you have completed the exercise.