Visualize your ideal life
Creating vision boards can be a powerful motivator to help see goals more clearly. Think about what your ideal life looks like (and one that resonates with you, rather than a flashy version of that picture). Would you like to have a house with enough space to host family and friends? A job that affords you the financial freedom to travel? Enough of a cushion saved so that you can retire at a set age? Find pictures that represent your goals and assemble them into a collage.
“Get as specific as possible,” Robinson says. “The more specific your vision, the more emotionally attached you are to it. The goal is to dig deep until you uncover the desires that really compel you. That’s what’s going to motivate you to create real financial change.”
Stacy Caprio’s vision definitely worked for her. “I wrote a check out to myself and taped it to my wall where I see it before I go to bed and wake up each morning, with my monthly income goal written on it, as though I already had it,” says Caprio, 26, who lives in Chicago, IL. “That was eight months ago, and I achieved it last month.”
To meet her money goal, Caprio also visualized herself working at her computer every day and took consistent action. "The majority of my income comes from managing my own and others' websites doing SEO and online marketing," Caprio says. "So working on my site portfolio and improving all their rankings was my main focus.