LIFE BY DESIGN, NOT DEFAULT
LIFE BY DESIGN, NOT DEFAULT
What is your money mindset? Is it hindering you from reaching the financial wealth you dream of achieving? Are you not seeking wealth, but to just be "ok" or "financially secure"?
Think about this though...how many more people could you serve, how many lives could you impact if you were more than just ok financially. There are so many amazing charitable organizations that need our help, but if you're just ok, what level of impact are you able to have?
Like many, I grew up in a household of scarcity. There was never enough money. Add to that, my Dad did road construction, so every winter he was laid-off and we relied on welfare and food banks to survive. We often heard "money doesn't grow on trees", "there is not enough...", "you have to work hard to make money", "we can't afford that", etc. It influenced my childhood so greatly that I began working at the age of 12 and dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to work full-time.
One of the most impactful books I've read on this subject is Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker. In fact, it was so impactful that my sister and I are both currently reading it for the second time.
“If your motivation for acquiring money or success comes from a non-supportive root such as fear, anger, or the need to ‘prove’ yourself, your money will never bring you happiness." ~ Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
The book is split up in two parts. The first beingYour Money Blueprint, focuses on how we are conditioned regarding money. It explains why we are who we are and our conditioned way of thinking. Part two, The Wealth Files teaches 17 Wealth Files about how rich people think, act and live. Then dives into our new way of thinking and how we should operate if we want to become rich.
This book opened my eyes to all the ways I was not receiving and how people and the universe stop offering when you consistently refuse to accept the offering. It truly is a life changing book!
A lot of us have also heard that "money is the root of all evil" and "rich people are selfish and/or assholes" or something to that effect. The reality though is that your character is still your character whether you have $$$ or not. If you're an asshole, you're still going to be an asshole when you have money. However, if you're a kind, loving and generous person, money will enable to give even more. Chris Harder's podcast For The Love Of Money calls attention to the reality that when good people make good money, they do great things! Check it out!
In my book The 40/40 Rules; Wisdom from 40 Women Over 40, one of the questions asked was: What is the best financial advice you have learned?
I will leave you with my closing response: My advice would be that you are enough; no material possession will ever prove your worth. Live beneath your means, so you are able to secure your future and give back.
Here's to another week of living your life by design, not by default!