In order to live a rich life, everything about who you are must be one, in alignment, and in pure harmony - Suze Orman
It only takes a moment to feel rich. That deep, abundant, in-your-soul feeling of connection and meaning. When all senses are satisfied. When not less nor more feels necessary. When there's alignment between your thoughts, feelings, and actions and the fourth Principle of Positive Money.
As you head into the new year, consider what it means for you to feel rich. Is it a state of mind or a state of being? Is it how much money you have or the freedom to do what you want? Is it textural? Contextual? Or, just a number?
Whatever it is for you, the following five steps can help to ensure you're on the right path.
1. Choose love over fear.
The first Principle of Positive Money is that it's a choice. When you choose Positive Money, you choose a relationship with money driven by love rather than fear. I know. It sounds corny but it works. When you ask, "What does love look like?" when navigating a financial decision or situation, you will feel a shift in your body and give yourself more time to consider your actions. Also, notice if you're using it to excuse an action rather than considering consequences. For example, if a purchase puts you further into debt, perhaps love looks like taking care of your future self and holding off on buying something you may want but not need.
2. Focus on what makes life rich now.
The "new" in the new year can distract us from what's already working. Before you start thinking about the new things you want or need, take an inventory of all that you have, what you've accomplished, or what feels rich in your life today. It also helps to remember that all things new become not new.
3. Keep it simple.
It's easy to get overwhelmed, think you aren't doing enough, or hold yourself to certain standards. Sometimes it's ok to fall short -- especially if you set high bars. If you are frustrated or disappointed, consider what you can and can't control. Letting go of all you can't is a rich source of relief.
4. Focus on the journey, not the destination.
Resolutions fail because we lose steam, fall back into old habits, and focus on the outcome rather than the journey. If you want to live a rich life in 2024, start the journey from a place that feels abundant. Maybe you find a candle and a cozy spot to drink your morning coffee or begin listing all you are grateful for each day.
5. Make it a practice.
We know how important practice is to building mastery. If you want to live a rich life, establish and maintain practices that make you feel rich. For example, if you want to be a better steward of your money, consider one thing you can do every day that exemplifies stewardship and make that a practice.
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