You have to think about the reasons you want to change the way you handle your finances. What are your priorities? Is there anything that needs your immediate attention? Examining your motivation and your past attitudes about money can really help you understand why you were unable to deal well with your finances in the past.Next, it is important to have goals with your money. What do you want to spend your money on? Do you want to pay off bills? As a bow is more likely to reach a bullseye when it is aimed in the right direction, when know where you want your money to go, it has a better chance of getting there than if you had no goals at all.You have to start writing things down. Or, if not, use software that helps you to track your income and expenses throughout the month. Seeing it written down makes it a lot more real, and it is easier to see where you can save money and where you are losing money. A visual depiction of your finances can usually help turn things around.The old saying "pay yourself first" is something that is both wise and profound. If you do not have money for a rainy day, you are going to be in a lot of trouble. When you take a little money every paycheck and put it into an account for your own emergencies, you will be able to sleep easier knowing that if something out of the ordinary happened, you have the means to take care of it. It need not be much, but do take care to always set some money aside for you every time you get paid.Talk to like-minded people. If your social circle is full of people who live for the moment and do not care how they spend their money, that is not going to encourage you to have a smart approach to your own money. Surround yourself with people who are ready to move forward.Look at your future finances. A lot of people are so caught up in their own current financial picture that they cannot see that they are going to be in the same position year after year unless they start thinking about the future today. If you would have thought about the future years ago, you would not be in the position you are today.After reading the information in this article, hopefully you feel better about setting your finances in the right direction. Now you can start doing the things you need to do in order to move your life in a positive direction.