You know the feeling, the ups and downs. Money comes in, you celebrate. Money goes out again and you stress, wondering if there is enough to pay the rest of the bills, like that unexpected trip to the vet or the quarterly insurance premium that seems to come due way too often.
You wonder about ways to bring in more cash. Maybe you could sell books on Amazon or find a job that pays more. Or perhaps you could start a business on the side, a Plan B as it’s often called.
1. Find what brings tears to your eyes.
Move past the superficial (I need to pay my bills) to what you want the money for. Things like time with family, travel, start a business, get married, buy a house are just a few examples.
Then dig even deeper and find the real gems, the underlying motivations. Enjoying a relaxed and easy life without money worries, leaving a legacy for your children, or helping your favorite charity are possibilities. The ones that brings tears to your eyes are top priorities.
List your two or three most important goals and review them first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
2. Notice intuitive cues, those gentle nudges urging you to try something new.
These may be found in blog posts, books, conversations with friends, or chats with total strangers while waiting your turn at the bank or grocery store. Or maybe you hear an uplifting TED Talk, or have one of those inspirations that hits in the middle of the night. (Write it down before you go back to sleep.)
Always act on intuitive advice and these hunches will come more often and with greater clarity.
3. Welcome gifts that show up in seemingly ugly packages.
An unexpected illness or accident or some form of rejection like getting fired, seeing someone else get a job that was perfect for you, betrayal by a friend or spouse.
Grieve appropriately then let go of the pain and negativity and look for the message in what happened. Take action and be grateful.
4. Trust the process.
Notice you always have a choice. You can stay positive and act on the intuitive advice that comes your way or you can say “NO” and ignore it.
Saying “YES” often requires more courage and faith than does hiding out in the old negative patterns that keep you stuck. Say it anyway.
Staying the positive course will lead to an abundant life that includes a healthy bank balance.
5. Don’t share. This is one time when it pays not to be generous, to play it close.
Only share your goals if you are sure the other person has your best interests (and not theirs) at heart.
Be especially cautious if they have something to gain from urging you in a particular direction.