You can’t solve a problem if you are an ostrich with your head in the sand. I have actually never seen an ostrich with its head in the sand (poor things seemed to have gotten a bad rap), but I know what this feels like.
I spent a couple days last week taking a good hard look at both my business and personal finances. The kind of task that makes you physically sick to your stomach so you keep procrastinating. (I did a lot of Tapping, I mean a lot! It is amazing how many money blocks surfaced for me.)
I have been avoiding doing this for a while because it’s not particularly fun to dig deep and see what’s working and what isn’t, and where your money is actually going. As a matter of fact, most of my bills are automated and I often forget what I’m paying and what money is going where. It is really easy to get yourself in a snafu when you aren’t monitoring stuff.
Needless to say, I was forced to rethink my whole business and financial strategy, which isn’t very easy. In the process of asking myself how I got here (which deep down you really KNOW but you have ask the hypothetical question to yourself anyway), it dawned on me that my finances had become an unconscious process. Paying bills and collecting money was not mindful, nor was it intentional.
So I spent an afternoon with my trusty calculator and created a spreadsheet to figure out where my money was going. The end result involved taking my bills off of auto pay, and creating a schedule so that every day I would know exactly what was due, what I needed to collect, and where my money was spent.
I know many business guru’s would say that this is a waste of time because they have more important things to do than pay bills every day. As a matter of fact, some of the Google trolling I did (for sh*ts and giggles) ended with the same advice – outsource and automate.
Personally, I find that when I automate, I forget what I am even doing. I needed a system that was going to bring what was unconscious back to the forefront of my brain. I needed to be intentional about my finances in order to make change. Plus, you can’t really build a successful business when you’re not tracking what your financial goals are.
I am putting a short challenge on Instagram (come follow me @loreearley) so you too can make the unconscious, conscious in the areas of your life that need it. This is perfect for you if you are a New Year’s resolution type and set some goals that you may already be neglecting.
I also have a new program called Tap On It, which helps you get past that “thing” that is creating knots in your stomach, making you sick, and triggering all your best avoidance techniques. Until you get past the emotions, and can bring forward the subconscious crap, you are the ostrich with its head in the sand.