Want to make next years tax return a doddle?
How your own goals may be holding you back and how to correct this
We all know that the annual tax return is seen as more of a chore than a goal… Well here’s why that attitude may be unnecessarily causing you trouble.
When we don’t intentionally set goals, we allow our direction to be steered by our basic desire to satisfy survival requirements, such as obtaining food, water, warmth and safety, as well as reproduction.
This leads to us automatically creating goals, emotions, perceptions and actions to satisfy our primal urges. What happens here is our perceptions are filtered so that we see only what we need to see, to achieve our primal goals and nothing more.
This narrowing of our perception means that we view the world with a very narrow field of vision, missing so many opportunities and going round in repetitive circles. We then end up living in fear of financial security, loss of our homes, loss of or inability to meet a suitable life partner, rejection by our social groups and all the many non-existent monsters lurking under the bed.
Let’s look at an example; when we are hungry, a motivational framework (I am hungry) automatically creates a goal; to obtain food. We then find that our emotions guide us on whether we are moving towards our goal or not. We experience arousal/anticipation when we are moving towards food and become angry when something is in the way of it, (anger allows us to remove the obstacles to getting the food). I refer to these anger outbursts when someone is hungry as ‘The Hangries’. In this experience, our perception becomes very tightly focused on the things we need to see, in order to get to the food. We will notice all the food stores, or cafes, or restaurants and all the potential obstacles, but we won’t notice much else. Have you ever noticed how irritable you or your friends are when you get hungry? people almost become an obstacle we want out of the way, when our hunger is intense enough.
“Basic needs create goals, perceptions, emotions and actions that loop around and around unless we bring focused awareness to them.”
We don’t need to employ aggression to remove the obstacles between us and our food, because we are more evolved than that, (hopefully). We can instead think clearly and rationally about how to fulfill our basic needs and instead of relying solely on our perception and emotions we can use the focused creative power of our mind too. We can also be sure to avoid having to keep falling back on these primal responses, through planning our lives around meeting our basic needs. This way we can begin building on the more evolved areas of our minds and stop potentiating our less reasonable behaviours.
What does this have to do with your Tax Return?
So how do we take charge of this? How can we become more self aware and stop being led purely by primal needs? How do we intentionally set our goals instead? How do we move beyond simply following the emotional responses that accompany primal drives? And what DOES this have to do with our tax return???
When we start to take charge of our lives and intentionally set goals, we are able to steer ourselves towards a higher and more evolved direction and we also open our lives up to a whole new dimension of self awareness. Everyone is free to choose their goals, however we must note that for each goal we set, we will create an emotional feedback loop and also narrow our perception, therefore we must be precise and focused.
So let’s look at your tax return…..
If you haven’t set your goals around ‘getting organised’ and ‘staying on top of the details, paperwork and little things’, then your perception won’t allow you to focus on it and your emotions will give you the definitive response of ‘no way!’. It’s simply because you haven’t done the groundwork to create the right conditions. Think about it, you’ve been having a negative emotional response to completing your tax return for weeks now, perhaps months. When you sit down to focus on it, your perception won’t allow you to think things through. You can’t remember where you put important paperwork, or receipts that you need, and you can’t remember what names you stored files under, you feel overwhelmed at the possibility of gathering up all the information and it feels unpleasant and tedious. It’s so common for our perception to filter out what our unconscious selves perceive we don’t need, including where to access the information we need.
So here’s our solution to make next years tax return an absolute doddle
Let’s allow this years attempt to give you the motivation to do it better next year. Sit down and set specific goals for next years return, what do you want to achieve by when? It’s important that you speak these goals out loud and also write them down by hand, it is also important that you say out loud that you are committed to achieving these goals. You may find it helpful to take on an accountability coach just for small goals, if that interests you then contact us and we can arrange something for a small charge.
When you set these goals, you will open up your perception to be able to access all the information you need to achieve them and you will feel positive emotion as you move towards your goal, instead of the usual dread. No more putting it off, no more uncomfortable emotions and no more difficulty in remembering where all your information is.
Help with setting goals?
If you are unfamiliar with how to set goals effectively (including using visioning, imagination and writing affirmations), then contact us for a free 15minute chat and we will guide you through it and share our resources with you as needed.
Oh and if you want some advice on how to make your tax return process super easy, contact us for guidance on tools that are available, including how to make use of software programs such as Quickbooks. It has been a big financial year for Purpose In Action. Nonetheless our tax return took us 10minutes this year, which is how it should be if you set your goals right!
We have many tools, processes and life enhancing guidance that we love to share, just get in touch and let us know what help you need.
- Think carefully about what goals to set, they all carry a cost, be it a narrowing of your perception or greater fluctuation in emotions
- Don’t create too many goals – make the ones you do set your highest priority areas
- Make sure your goals are supportive of living a balanced life
- Be sure to include the goals that will help you stay on top of things and get your own house in order first
Stay tuned for goal setting for a life of purpose, where I am going to talk about how we can utilise self awareness in our goal creation, to work with the more highly developed pre-frontal cortex of our brain. Here we access empathy, compassion, altruism, a higher sense of purpose and living a deeply fulfilling life shaped by love and not fear. This is evolution 101, time to upgrade your brain!