Oh man oh man oh man…
This is the last post before the Jan 1 launch of The $3000 Experiment. Let’s use it to get you primed to accept all that cash!
Job #1. Get your observational skills all limbered up so you actually notice the money. This might seem like a ‘duh’ point, but you’ll quickly discover how easy it is to simply not notice, recognize or count your unexpected money as it appears.
Case in point. The very day we four Consciouseers decided to choose this particular experiment topic, Janice got news of a development in a family property that would bring her $250/month for the next year. It wasn’t until later that day that her husband, Rodney observed that $250/month for 1 year equals (drum roll please) … $3000.
That $3000 almost went unnoticed, especially since The $3000 Experiment hasn’t even started yet. (Side note: We four leaders have all already heard multiple stories of folks participating in the experiment who are receiving unexpected income already. You too?)
So, how be we all put our big brains together and imagine possible ways your $3000 might appear. We’ll kick off the brainstorming and you add your ideas in the Comments area below. Deal? Here goes:
“What possible ways might $3000 accumulate?”
* through a gift or multiple gifts
* you could get a pay raise
* you could find something of value (like money), or remember money you’d forgotten
* you could get deals or discounts on purchases
* people, or more people, could pay you for something
* ‘mistakes’ could be found in a calculation involving your finances
* you could get unexpected income from a lottery win
* a previously unknown relative could leave you a bequest
* your stamp collection could be re-valued
* the people from Nigeria could return all the scam money (that’s Ken’s humour showing up here)
* A refund from the I.R.S. or taxation authorities
* And so on. When you’ve finished this post, share your wildest, funnest, most improbable or imaginative idea in the Comments below. If you can imagine it, someone can experience it!
But first, one more point.
If Job #1 today is to prime your powers of observation to notice unexpected money, Job #2 is to answer the question, “How am I going to keep track of my money?”
If yours shows up as a lump sum of $3000 hand-delivered to your door by a stranger, that will be easy. But what if your money accumulates through a series of smaller events? Say, a savings of $25 here and an extra $10 received there. How are you going to keep count to know when you’ve hit $3000?
Keeping track is so important in fact, that we’re going to say… You aren’t actually IN the $3000 Experiment until you’ve decided how you’ll keep track.
We’ll remind you to start counting your dough on Launch Day but for now, decide how you want to capture your unexpected money during the experiment period from Jan 1 to April 1.
Would you like to:
* Use a journal? (As you’ll see in the photo above, I’ve pulled out an old Olivia the Pig notebook I’ve had for years.)
* Set up a note-taking app on your phone or computer?
* Write each ‘unexpected money event’ on a scrap of paper and collect them in a jar labelled “The $3000 Experiment”?
* Use Post-it Notes to record each event on, say, a wall or your bathroom mirror? Or something else… completely unique to you?
A heads up about this. You will be strongly tempted to dismiss or ‘not count’ a lot (at least half) of the unexpected money you receive during the course of this experiment. And it will happen like this. You’ll become aware of unexpected money and excitedly (and accurately) think, “That’s part of my $3000!”
Then your mind will talk you out of it, giving reasons ‘that money doesn’t really count’.
Don’t let yourself be talked out of your $3000!
Instead, take advantage when this happens. Simply include an area in your note-keeping record called, “Money I’m tempted to not count.” As the experiment progresses, just record that ‘not sure’ money there and wait until the end to decide whether to include it or not.
So that’s Job #1 and Job #2 for today. Done and done.
Now your turn. In the comments below, tell us how $3000 could show up for you or someone else.
And if you already know how you’ll keep track of your $3000, let us know that too…
See you back here Jan 1 when we launch THE $3000 EXPERIMENT!