dream itYou can’t live your life fully if your mind is cluttered with the details and stresses of money management. When you’ve got it right, that’s the beauty of financial mastery—you don’t have to think about it all of the time. This doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen without hard work. But the payoff, oh, the payoff is so worth it.

The problem: How do you get there? How do you get to that point where your money begins to actually work for you? It’s not easy, but it is manageable. Take a seat, grab a pencil, and start dreaming. Oh, and dream big.

1.    Think about your goals. If you can clearly identify what you want your money to do for you, you’ve got your foot squarely on the right path.  Now ask yourself: What do you want your life and business to look like?

2.    Use your personal, financial details to create a forecast. Get honest with your numbers and learn to love them—no matter what they are.

3.    Now you’ve got to make a map. Sure, following someone else’s directions eventually worked for Dorothy and Toto, but not without a series of misadventures—oh yeah, and an evil witch. Here’s a little tip Dorothy didn’t have: Anticipate the obstacles and identify the roadblocks. This will help you visualize exactly where you want to end up and who or what might get in your way.

Keep your eyes on the future. Visualize the destination. With a new financial plan in hand, you can start to build your business around your life—not your life around your business.