It's no secret that when you're financial life is going well life just feels right.
This can happen in fleeting moments where you know the bills are paid and you have a nice sum left over for whatever you want – it's a pretty good feeling to have.
But is that feeling consistent?
For most people it is not consistent at all, and there are too many times where the feeling of lack takes over – and that can be a nasty moment where you feel like your money just isn't going very far.
It's not a good feeling, and we tend to feel as if all of our money is going toward all the stuff we need to buy rather than what we want to buy.
It's literally a feeling that we never want to have, but can be a key sign of where we are with our finances.
It's not that we don't have enough money – it's that we don't feel like we have much money, and that's totally different.
This is sort of like understanding that your car is perfectly fine – runs well and doesn't give you problems – but you have a small but weird feeling as if it might break down soon.
Does that feeling really help you out at all – or does it just give you needless worry when you have a perfectly fine running car.
That's the different between feeling prosperous and abundance versus feeling poor and impoverished.
These are literally just feelings – and you can shift how you feel about your finances in an instant which might help to reveal a few truths about your situation.
Am I saying that poverty and abundance are just feelings?
Not quite – but the reality of having money versus not having anything start with emotions and having the belief.
That means that shifting the way you think is a very good thing, and actually way to propel you out of that feeling of lack and into the feeling of abundance that you know you've had before, but you would like to feel far more consistently .
This is not about making you just delude yourself into the fantasy of just thinking you are prosperous when you aren't – nope, we're not going that direction.
We are taking your old beliefs and shifting them so that you aren't so accustomed to thinking in terms of lack and having no money.
Sometimes we pick up negative money beliefs from people and others around us, and they don't enable us to have positive money habits long term – and that is a problem.
Other times it can be very frustrating to know that we picked up those negative money habits – believed them to be from us – and acted upon them thinking that we had to live forever like that.
It's sort of like thinking that you only work to pay the bills – which is a horrid way to think about life.
You can shift all of that through adopting positive money beliefs over time which will shift your financial outlook and your money understanding in general.
We are moving away from thinking foolishly about our money – having so much unnecessary spending – and pulling ourselves toward wiser spending habits that enable us to keep more of what we spend and dissolving all tendencies to spend our money on things we don't need.
This isn't a small thing either – so don't think this will happen over night.
Embracing stronger financial habits long term is about consistent behaviors we do over time – the small stuff we do on a daily basis that prevents us from spending our cash on the unneeded crap which ends up eating up all of our money.
Once you eliminate those horrid spending habits, that actually gives you a stronger budget and that is literally one full step closer to have stronger finances in general.
Most people don't really think like that, and it's that oblivious thinking that brings them less and less cash in hand after bills are paid each week – and that's not a good way to live, or a good way to manage your money.
One of the worst cases is to not have a budget at all – and that just leads to major unmanaged spending that doesn't allow you to have much if any extra cash at all.
If you don't know what your budget is, it is very likely that your spending will be out of control and your bills feels like they're your primary expense.
Though bills might be a necessary thing, they don't have to feel like a chore and something that you have to begrudgingly hand over on a routine basis.
When you feel and know you have abundance with your money situation the bills are just a necessary thing that you do that allows you to live, have shelter, and use your basic necessities at home and otherwise.
If you didn't have those things, life would be a lot worse off – and if there are some things in your bills you just don't need, you need to cut those things out of your life.
This is still part of the unnecessary spending part, and it even affects our bills and the stuff we pay routinely for but don't remotely use.
Removing all of that from your budget literally means that you are spending more efficiently and moving yourself away from poor financial management and understanding your money situation a whole lot better.
Just as it was stated earlier – the smaller steps add up to larger changes over time, and as you shift your money habits and adopt stronger budgeting going forward you will literally keep more of your money and spend far less on the stuff you never needed.
We're not talking about difficult or outrageously complex changes here – just small stuff that you can do on a daily basis that allows you to be far better with your money long term while embracing stronger finances through better money management habits.