It was around 14 years ago that I learned a few very simple tips to revolutionize my financial reality. I had to hear them three times over before I actually paid attention to them, but now, I am so glad I did! At the time, I was $187,000 in debt. Seriously. Almost $200,000. Now, I am living the financial dream.
It was the third time I heard about these simple tools that I thought, What's the worst that could happen? I would have some more money I would have to spend? Something would change? Or something would stay the same? I hadn't been paying attention to my money. I was avoiding examining it. I had a whole lot of debt and not a whole lot to show for it.
Truth be told, I am hopeless at deprivation. I couldn't possibly say no to that trip to Melbourne or stop doing other things I wanted to do. If I told myself I couldn't have something, then I'd HAVE to have it — and lots of it. Full disclosure: I am the same way with water — if I go somewhere without a bottle of water, I worry about it and I'm dreadfully thirsty. If I have one with me, I feel fine, and I don't even necessarily drink from it. I just feel better knowing it’s there.
Using that analogy, what if having money around you, with you, in your life, started to change the angst, worry, feelings of deprivation you have with money in general? The key here is having money. It’s not money for spending, not money for saving (which is just delayed spending), not for paying bills, just for having. Just so you know it's there. So you don't feel thirsty.
Having money doesn't mean you have to stop spending money, or saving money, or doing whatever else you love to do with your money. Again, it's not about deprivation. What if your financial world suddenly meant having money? What would change?
My advice: Try these things and see for yourself what changes. Worst-case scenario, you will have some money you didn't have before. That's it. Here are three tips for having more money in your life and quenching those feelings of financial dehydration: