Are you finding it takes extra effort to keep a positive outlook during this time of volatile markets and sometimes-disappointing economic news? That is understandable; however, it is important to remember that focusing on what isn’t working and what scares you can make the entire process of getting ahead that much more difficult.
Our financial focus needs to be on what we want to have happen. How can we do that?
Here are some things you should NEVER do!
1. Listen to the financial news 3 or 4 times a day
Knowledge about what is happening in the world is good, but too much information can be detrimental. Check in with yourself to see how you really feel after watching the financial news. Are you addicted to commentators who are hysterical or are you able to turn off the TV and focus on what’s good in the world? If you need something else to watch try this: Celebrate What’s Right With the World.
2. Slow down your giving
I know it may sound counter-intuitive to give more in difficult times, but generosity will serve to take your focus off your difficulties and on making things better for others. Whether the way you give is purely financial or if it includes your time and energy, now is the time to contribute.
3. Keep doing the same things, the same way you always have
The world is changing very quickly and it is more important than ever to be flexible. Remember that adage, “If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got?” Well, guess what; it doesn’t apply any more. You can no longer do what you’ve always done and expect the same results. The rules are changing and you must do the same. Please keep in mind that change doesn’t necessarily mean bad or worse, it just means different. Maybe all of these changes will make you happier and more fulfilled in the end.