Thought for today:
Sometimes to recover from compulsive debting it helps to develop our Visions for the future. A Vision board helps us map out where we want to head in the future, to make our Action Plan a reality. We cut pictures out of magazines, and make collages with the things we want to get, do or become.
We see ourselves enjoying these things. We use the board in meditations and affirmations. Even having it hanging on our refrigerator helps reinforce our goals.
Sometimes we need to put in time and effort to make our visions come true. Because this is unfamiliar territory for some, a simple plan can help.
One person shares:
“When I do vision boards I keep getting inspired to be an entrepreneur. But how do you know if an idea I have is worth acting on?
“My life is so busy as it is. I keep envisioning, but nothing happens because I’m not acting on it.”
Reducing time-clutter to help make Visions a reality:
Assuming the vision you are considering is something you would enjoy, or will increase your income or it is something worth delegating to another person, you need to streamline your time and processes to get there.
To improve the chances of your vision, try these four steps, which are loosely based on a passage from the book The 4 Hour Work Week *:
- De-clutter your vision. Hoping is one thing, but actually clearing a path to it is another. If you want a new wardrobe, give or discard the old one. If you want more free time, discard the things you do that you do not enjoy and that do not earn income.
- Organize the things that are left. If you have a job you can delegate, document it. Put the steps down on paper. For everything you own, give it a place to live. Put all like objects together in one storage space, so that you do not have many storage places for the same thing throughout the house. One person found a dozen packages of dental floss scattered throughout their home. Another was able to streamline a process to take pictures and then sell products on Ebay.
- Delegate. If your vision is to free up time, seek out an assistant who needs work. Sometimes a family member who lives with you can do a job you thought you were the only one who could do. Give simple instructions, and ask them to check in with you in three hours to see what progress they made.
- Monitor your delegates. If you’ve uncluttered your living space, keep up the space by putting things where they belong. If you’ve delegated a task, check in with your assistant to see what they have achieved in a short time.
When we clear out the clutter, streamline what’s left, get help where we can, and follow through, then our visions will very likely become our reality!
Am I willing to put in the footwork to make my visions a reality?
Meditation for today:
Acceptance is the solution to problems. If we’re stuck on something keeping us from where we want to be, we need to let it go.
We can release expectations placed on other people. If there is work to be done, we can stop fighting it. If our goal requires sacrifice, it’s easier to make it happen if we accept that the situation is temporary.
Things can move swiftly once we practice acceptance.
Affirmations for today:
“Today I will move toward my visions.”
For a list of all our posts about Visions, click here.
- Inspiration for this post came from the book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated).
Other helpful Links:
- Clutterers Anonymous (CLA)
- Clutterers Anonymous Online or Skype Meetings (complete meeting schedule and call-in instructions)
- Clutterers Anonymous Literature (for ordering CLA literature)
- Clutter Literature Excerpts
- CLA Tools
About Money and Underearning…
Ever feel like everyone else in the world must have been given “The Rule Book” except you when it came to your work-life and increasing your income? The following books by Jerrold Mundis help under-earners overcome blocks to true fulfillment in career and life:
Earn What You Deserve: How to Stop Underearning & Start Thriving by Jerrold Mundis.
Making Peace with Money by Jerrold Mundis.
Practical tools based on the program of Debtors Anonymous:
- See our Fourth Step Template which helps us to take a fearless moral inventory.
- A Pressure Relief Group (PRG) can help wrap our heads around mind-blowing debt.
- Sometimes, people who suffer from heavy-duty debt need to take a temporary moratorium from debt payments in order to get their spending under control. See this Debt Moratorium sample letter to creditors for one example and check out this post about taking a Debt Moratorium.
- If you are new to this blog, check out our overview of the program of recovery from compulsive debting.
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