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When was the last time you focused on financial healing as a way to fix your money troubles? We’re always looking for an easy way out when we’re in too deep financially. But instead of a get-rich-quick scheme, I want to help you build long-term wealth slowly and deliberately. And to do that, we need to start your financial healing process.


Last week, you went over the first six months of your 2011. You saw where you were in your financial progress, and you determined what you had to do to either stay on track or get back on it. This week, we’re focusing solely on the three steps to financial healing. Your first one is to detach.


Step 1: Detach

Distractions are around us daily. Cell phones buzz with messages and calls all day. Emails are a never-ending task. And, at the end of the day when all we want to do is rest, the television winds us down until bedtime.


You’ll never be able to financially heal if you don’t eliminate the commotions taking up your attention. So this week, take a few nights to totally detach. Unplug from the outside world and focus on your authentic self: core values, beliefs, unique abilities and sense of purpose.


Step 2: Define

Congratulations! You’ve disconnected the internet, turned off the smart phone and found a quiet place to explore. Let your mind wander to places you’d usually deem off limits. No boundaries here; the idea is to unearth everything that’s hidden.


It’s easy to pass off a particular idea as crazy or impossible, but let those negative feelings float out of your consciousness. Don’t judge what you come up with; embrace it. Define your own personal dreams and desires to determine what you’re passionate about; this is necessary to get what you really want out of life.


Step 3: Devise

Now it’s time to get a plan together. You’ve figured out your big dream. How are you going to make it happen? What will you do today? Tomorrow? Next week? Next year? Design you ideal life. What does a typical day look like when you’re living your dream?


What you just devised is a Personal Navigation Route. This is the life plan that will get you from where you are right now to where you want to be. Once you’ve defined this path, write it down and post it everywhere. Remind yourself that each day is another opportunity to live your dreams. Don’t waste one moment living anything other than your ideal life.

Sign up for my weekly words of wisdom (in the top right-hand corner of your screen) for encouraging thoughts each Tuesday. And be sure to check out my book, Emotion Behind the Money, for guidance and healing. You can take control of your finances, and I can help you.

Tags: financial healing, financial progress, emotion behind money, financial intentions, advice from Julie Murphy Casserly, Julie Murphy Casserly, Chicago personal finance, Chicago financial planner

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