So, I had an understanding as I was looking my budget over this past Sunday. It was payday and I had just finished enacting all of the things that was in that budget.
I paid what I had to pay and put into savings what I had decided to put into savings. Yet as I stared at the completed list, I thought to myself “Didn’t I already do this?”
Now, on one level, and in one sense, I have; I do this every payday. Yet, what the sensation was that hadn’t I already enacted this budget.
That sensation was a result of me spending so much time during the previous payperiod looking at, and tweaking this current budget (the one that I had just enacted, and I am still inside of).
I realized that by spending time looking at and working with my future budgets with a thought and concept of “This is going to happen” I make those budgets happen.
Now, a word of caution is required here, as there is a temptation (yes I have fallen prey to it) to look at something and say “Oh yeah, sure, that’s going to happen, so I don’t have to worry about it or do anything to make it happen . . . it’ll come to pass on its own.”
No . . . no it won’t.
You have to work at it. Visualize something, sure. Imagine that it has already happened, sure.
In this case it is looking at the ending balances on the next payperiod’s budget and believing that I will make have that much cash in my accounts.
Yet, you have to actually work on it. For me, it is controlling my spending. Looking for ways to live cheaply, do what I need to do, and do so without harming myself or my budget.
I do this in order to build my future, to have that piece of land yet do so without debt, and yes have a bit of savings to do something with it.
That is what keeps me going, it is that greater picture, that larger visualization that gets me through the tough times.
It will come to pass, because I am visualizing it and working towards it, each and every day, through each and every budget I enact and work.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!