Happy New Year! It’s resolution time when most of us decide we are cutting out all the things to create a better version of ourselves. No more fast food, sugar, alcohol, sleeping in, being lazy, frivolous spending, and so on. Once the new year rolls around, we convince ourselves that less is more.
What if you shifted that perspective to dream crazy big and design the life of your dreams? Instead of focusing on what we should reduce, let’s focus on how we can expand. You’ve heard us say it here at IRC Wealth . . . numbers on a page are not compelling enough to drive change. You need to paint a picture so vivid you’re inspired to take action. A vision so grand that it motivates you to keep striving towards your goals, no matter the pace, whether at a crawl, walk, or run.
How you spend your money is unique to you, not better or worse, as compared to anyone else. What brings YOU joy? Create a vision of YOUR ideal future. Be unapologetic in your desires and release any guilt over what you want. Nothing is too frivolous, and no one must approve of it.
Let go of your limiting beliefs around what is possible. Let go of the idea that you’re not someone who deserves to be wealthy and live an abundant life. I would even go so far as to suggest that most of your limiting beliefs are based on conversations you heard around the dinner table as a child or in passing from others. It’s time to challenge them and change generational wealth.
What do you want?
The typical answer is, “I want to do what I want, when I want.” Well great, that still doesn’t answer the question of what you actually want. I also often hear, “I want to get out of debt.” I mean, fine, but where’s the magic in getting essentially back to zero?
Those vague answers aren’t motivational or aspirational. You need to know why you are saving and investing and keep that vision in your head.
In two years from now, you want . . . what? Okay, I’ll go first.
Two years from now, I’ve taken several amazing trips to celebrate high school and college graduations for my children. I’ve experienced the holidays in Europe. My upgraded master bathroom is like having my own spa. I speak conversational Spanish and have finished 24 books on my reading list. I’ve created an amazing networking community supporting women in business and served 50 new clients.
Honestly, it took me a minute to get out of my own way and get creative with what I wanted. Once I allowed myself to dream bigger, the ideas started flowing and I could feel the excitement in my body.
It’s your turn. Create your one-year, two-year, or five-year vision. If a bucket list feels more aligned, then do that. Once you feel like you’ve exhausted your ideas, keep going. Put the list somewhere you can reference it often. Go back and review it regularly so you can feel the magic and excitement when you see your vision becoming a reality. Please share it with me . . . I want to watch the magic happen with you.