Taking action can be the hardest part to the entire process. Just getting started is what stops most people dead in their tracks, content with wishing and blaming their situation on anything else. Truth is, if you never take action, you can't ever get past the wishing stage. So how do you get started? You need to first state to yourself that you will take action. Action is what will be required of you to make your financial goals a reality. Next, you need to discuss your plans with someone else. It can be anyone, whether a partner, your children, a friend or even a co_worker. Telling someone about it gives you accountability towards your goals and doesn't let you off the hook for it.
After you have track your spending for a month, you now have the information you need to create a monthly budget. Now you know exactly how and what you spend your money on. If you did not have a surplus of money at the end of the month, you can now see area where you can trim your spending in order to operate you budget with a surplus next month.