Does talking about money make you uncomfortable? Many of us squirm when it comes to discussing money but today I’m going to push the topic just a bit. Negative beliefs about money are often inherited from our family and don’t serve us – in fact those passed-on false beliefs are can actually hold you back.
I know that was true for me. I grew up in a household that seemingly never had enough. Money was never there for things I wanted or needed so I learned early on that if I wanted something, I would have to make it happen for myself. And I did.
The reality is that we all need to make adequate money to support ourselves. If we can’t manage to keep ourselves afloat, we can’t sustain our message – that deep resonant calling that got you into the field of nutrition in the first place. Having enough money allows us to continue our art, craft, and outreach – our real mission.
Money leads to financial success, of course, but more importantly, it provides freedom. Freedom for you and your family first and foremost, but financial wherewithal also gives you the freedom and capacity to help others. Let’s face it, if you can’t pay your bills, you honestly can’t help anyone else either. Money allows us to be generous with our time and resources. So, for these reasons, we need to get comfortable with money talk and even more importantly, take command of it so we can have more of it.
Interesting enough, taking command of your finances starts with how you manage your time. Start by assessing your workday. Taking a serious look, answer these questions: Do you set and achieve daily goals? Does your daily plan ensure you “get it all done”? Do you build in time not only for your primary work tasks but for equally important things like feeding yourself well, proper daily movement, nurturing relationships, and adequate rest? Does your day include a centering meditation or mindfulness practice? Or do you tend to take a more relaxed approach – more of “I’ll do what I can and hope for the best”?
If you resonate with the latter, you may not doing all that well in your business. Success requires focus and planning. Whatever you are trying to accomplish in the world, whether it’s serving more clients or writing a blog, entails setting daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual goals – with clear metrics by which to measure progress and the attainment of those goals. Hoping for the best is not going to get you where you want to go.
We must constantly self-evaluate and ask: am I growing and thriving? Am I wasting some of my precious time? Where can sharpen my focus? In other words, am I staying true, day-by-day, to my mission and calling?
Today, I invite you to take a hard look at your abundance strategy: do you have a clear plan with specific goals? If not, there’s no better time to lay it out and live each day in support of those goals.
Another way to up your financial game is to surround yourself with people who inspire you – those who think big and conquer their dreams, those who focus on their message and keep finding new ways to deliver it to the world. And don’t be afraid to talk about money – it really is the key to all kinds of freedom!
Here’s to raising your ambition and deepening your discipline in 2020!
In health and wholeness,
~Anne and Margaret