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.
First of all you need to know how much money you earn, for some people this is easy you look at your Wθ form and there it is, but for seasonal workers, small business people, it gets a little more complicated than that. If you receive income from a lot of different sources for a realistic value of what you actually earn itemize them, put them down on paper. Include all income, now is not the time to be hide money from the IRS you are just fooling yourself, you need to have factual figures here of your true income otherwise you will actually think you're in good financial shape because you know you got this extra income somewhere, but that's not always true.