1 – January 1
“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality, and then there are those who turn one into the other.”—Douglas Everett
This is a day of celebration: Awake and sing the song of a bold new beginning. The point of power is in the moment and this moment you can start your new path towards success, wealth and happiness. Whatever came before is buried in the snows of last year. You can and you will—whatever you desire.
We are all graduates of MSU—Make Stuff Up. Whatever you have done in your life so far, you made it all up. You chose where you live, what you wear, what friends you have, what profession you’re in, how much money you make. And you choose again each day to maintain and build upon those things or to let go of them and pick up new things, new roads, new directions. On this day of your new beginning, all paths are open, all doors unlocked, all possibilities unlimited. What will you choose to be, do, and have now and going forward?
At the beginning of each Financial Stress Reduction Workshop, I ask participants to write down their “Intended Results.” It is a list of goals they want to accomplish in the course. I ask you to do this as well. What is your intention in reading this book? What do you want to have achieved by the end of it? Make a list of your goals for the next one-year period—financial, emotional, and spiritual. Goals have been called “dreams with deadlines.” Writing them down brings them from the metaphysical realm into the physical. No longer just a fantasy, the idea now exists in concrete form as a written document. If you have written goals down in the past, look at them and acknowledge yourself for the ones you have accomplished. Whatever remains undone may be transferred to your new list.
Make wealth—internal and external—your goal this year. Believe you will make more money with less stress and have more time off for fun with your family and friends. Be willing to risk change and survive the storms to find your highest good. Counting your money will make your money count—and remember to count your friends and your blessings as well.
Then celebrate—you have taken the first step along the path to great achievement!
“Something wonderful is happening to me today—I can feel it!”
Years before “The Wealthy Spirit” was even a twinkle in my eye, I was collecting quotes that I loved. Always an avid reader, I found a book in the bargain bin at the bookstore: “The Last Word on Making Money” by Rolf B. White published in 1988. It was filled with lists of quotations about all things financial.
Although I had no plans to write a book at that point, I just had a feeling that little book would come in handy at some time in my future, so I bought it. When I started writing “The Wealthy Spirit” in 2002, I sure was glad I had this as a resource!
For years, I also kept a little notebook that I filled with quotes that made me laugh, or ponder, or give me a chill and an aha! Some of the entries are handwritten, some are pasted in – it’s very nostalgic for me to thumb through its ragged pages now, remembering how I feverishly paged through it looking for the perfect quote for each page.
The above quote by Douglas Everett is the very first entry in my little book, so it was appropriate for it to be the first quote in my big book. Here’s another from my notebook:
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.”—Louisa May Alcott
Just looking at your highest aspirations makes you feel good. I love choosing my goals for each New Year. I start by reviewing last year’s goals, look at what I accomplished, and then decide what I want to create next. What do you want to choose for 2020? What do you want more of? What do you want to let go of?