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The first step to change is awareness

November 25, 2014

Here’s a great idea …

In the book Small Steps to Health and Wealth, we learn about small actions that can lead to successful behavior change for improving health and increasing wealth.  Author Barbara O’Neil stated, “No step is too small to get started and you can never be too early or too late.”

In other words …

It’s easy to disconnect from the reality of financial and health practices.  This disconnect is denial and it can be a real problem if you’re trying to improve your health or wealth.  In fact, awareness is necessary for behavior change.  So, the first small step toward successful change is to recognize your current situation and practices.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …

Ask yourself if you are in denial. Look at the visible evidence. How’s your credit score? Is your debt load less than 20%? Do you have a positive net worth? Are you a healthy weight? How’s your blood pressure?

Keep written records. Record spending for two months. Most people don’t have a clue how many dollars they spend monthly on incidental expenses such as food and entertainment. Keep a diet journal and record everything you eat for two weeks. Identify needed changes. Use your written records to find areas where change is needed.

To find out more …

Watch a video about Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdh8D3tmAD8

Learn more about strategies for success at http://www.uaex.edu/health-living/personal-finance/small-steps-health-wealth.aspx

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