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Plan Your Now!

Is 2018 the time for you to reassess and make positive moves toward Working on Your Now?  If your plans have ever been placed on hold due to a setback you’ve experienced, goal planning can become very challenging.  When this happens, you have to strengthen your peace of mind until your plan comes to fruition.  It’s important to:

  1. Not give up! Giving up is so easy.  If you need to postpone your goal for a while, it’s okay. Just have a plan that is doable so you can stay on course to get back to it.
  2. Learn how to substitute disappointments with a constructive activity that you enjoy.   (exercise, reading or listening to music, etc.) Just make sure it’s something that will help you feel better– not worse.
  3. Strike a balance to incorporate more realistic expectations. Sometimes our plans may not evolve as quickly as we want them to because of unrealistic expectations that we set for ourselves.  Take your journey one day at a time. If you rush into it, you may miss important steps.t’s

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start Planning Your Now!

Freedom Isn’t Free….

As we celebrate Memorial Day this week, I am thinking of all those who have sacrificed so much for me to have the freedom to pursue the American dream. I am so thankful to all of our military families, past and present, for being willing to live a life that seems impossibly hard, filled with discomfort, fear, and danger. They live in unfamiliar parts of the world, in conditions that can be primitive, facing profound danger, doing work that calls on every skill that they have – whose lives depend on using those skills successfully. I know that I could not do what they do. I could not face those weeks, months, and years away from family enduring hardship after hardship. I could not make the split-second decisions, under pressure, that they must make dozens of times a day. Thank you to everyone who bravely goes where most will not; who bravely go where I do not want to go.

It seems ridiculous to make a comparison between the sacrifices our military families face to the sacrifices that we must make to achieve financial freedom. They sacrifice their lives and we have to give up a daily mocha-chino-latte? They live in a tent in the freezing cold/blistering heat for years on end and we cut back our cable package to 100 channels? We. Have. It. So. Easy! They make gigantic sacrifices to secure our individual freedoms and we make teeny tiny sacrifices (can they even be called sacrifices?) to create our financial freedom.

It is easy in comparison. It is easy to go without a shiny object, to wait on the latest and greatest gadget, to drive our amazing driving machine for another year or two. It is easy to pass on eating out in favor of cooking our plentiful supply of food in our fabulous, safe, well-equipped, bomb-free, air-conditioned kitchens. What hardships do we face in the pursuit of our financial freedom?

The next time we are faced with a “sacrifice” to meet our savings goal, let’s let the word sacrifice pierce our hearts and think about those who truly sacrifice. I know it will not feel hard in the least in comparison.

To your financial success (and freedom),

Tana

 

Is your plan failing you, or are you failing it?

It is a simple question. Many of us are guilty of making a plan and not being able to carry it through.  We make another plan and then another and then…well you get the picture. The same thing happens over and over again. NOTHING. Why ? Because many times we are a part of the reason why our plan fails.

Some may have a hard time believing that they may be the culprit of their own failure.  But, if you’re someone who typically dismisses your past mistakes and have not learned from them, your failed plans will probably continue. Failed plans can start with having unrealistic expectations to not having built enough time into the plan. It can also be not knowing when the right time is to move forward with the plan or to table it for another time.  Some plans end up not working because they are out of our control. Other times they fail because there is no contingency plan or follow-up plan in place.  Whatever the problem is,  a failed plan can create a lot of undue stress, time consumption, and feeling of being out of control.

Wouldn’t it be great to make a plan and actually have it do everything that we wanted it to?  Believe it or not, learning how to get rid of time wasters and taking control over things that will allow us to create a sane and enriching life is achievable with the right planning.

Join in on the free webinar on May 25.   Is Your Plan Failing You or Are You Failing it?  Visit www.workingonyournow.com  for more information. `

It Just Wasn’t What You Thought …

Have you ever wished for something so badly and then when you  finally  got it,  it wasn’t at all what you thought it would be ?

The reality of this happens to many of us during  different  stages in our life.  The trade-off from entrepreneurship to employee is one of the hardest decisions that a business owner can make. Graduating from college and  discovering that the degree you received has not helped you  excel in your career can make you feel like you are going in reverse .  You can feel more frustrated when the  area of work you are in has nothing to do with your major.  Want to get married and or raise a family? You see other couples together and they make it look so appealing. But when it finally happens to  you, you’re are stunned that  being a wife, mother ( and career woman) is a lot more than you ever could imagine even in your wildest of dreams!

When we were  teenagers we couldn’t  wait to become adults. When we finally did, we realized  our  responsibilities far exceeded the freedom and fun that we longed for when we finally became independent. As an adult, we look back on the mistakes we made when we were younger and  wish we knew then what we know now.  These thoughts have us convinced that  our lives would be so much easier, richer and less complicated if we had a chance to do it all over again(or so it seems).

Taking a look at other people’s lives or situations often times makes us take a look at ourselves and  make comparisons. Some may even wish they were in a different place or in a  different time.  But the truth is, no one really knows what it took for that person to get to where she or he is.  For some, if they knew the journey and the struggles that others had to endure to achieve success, many  would not want to make the same sacrifices.

The funny thing is, all of us have an opportunity to be where we want to be in our lifetime. Yes, it’s easier for some and more difficult for others. Staying focused, having  faith, doing the  work and believing in yourself is only half the battle.  The other half  is being committed to the goal,  making the necessary sacrifices, not worrying about what others say or think about you and having a realistic set of expectations  of your end-goal.  You can get there, but you have to be ready.  And when you finally do get there, ask yourself: Will you be grateful? Or will you  still be unsatisfied because what you finally  accomplished still isn’t  what you thought it would be?

Stop Dreaming and Start Scheming

Yeah! It’s Friday and you know what I’m talking about!  You think about this day before the week even  ends on Sunday, and you count down every day until that fifth day of the week finally arrives! So Friday is here — again. Now, what are you going to  differently? You know you want something more than the 40-hour a week gig you’ve been working on for  far too long.  You’ve been imagining yourself doing something bigger and better since you started working there, but somehow life has kept getting in the way. Now, here you are _____years  later and you still aren’t where you thought you would be!

So, now is the the time for you to STOP dreaming and START scheming. That’s right.  Dreams happen when you are asleep!  And now you are in desperate need of a wake-up call.  Here are a few tips to get you scheming  this Friday. Give yourself  this quick self-evaluation by asking yourself the following:

  1. What opportunities do you have right in front of  you that you have been taking for granted?
  2. Are you about to pass up an opportunity of a lifetime without even realizing it?
  3. Is it time for you to create your own opportunity? If so, what does that look like?

Be thoughtful in your answers. Write them down and begin to build upon  increasing your chances of improving your current work situation.  Remember Friday is  7 more days away! Now get to scheming!