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June 2011

The freedom of financial security: choose to tackle your money issues

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We’re in the thick of summer and all you can think about is a nice vacation, but in honor of the 4th of July holiday weekend coming up, I want to talk about freedom.  I am a firm believer in the concept of choice. You choose to be happy. You choose to pursue the career path you want. And you choose to live a life of freedom.

Not freedom from literal chains or mutiny but from Read More

Financially sabotaging your quality of life

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We all spend for different reasons. There are the basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter. And then there are those things we spend on that we really enjoy: travel, technology, the arts or other hobbies. Since we spend the most money on our basic needs, I want you to think about how you spend on them by answering this question.

How many financial choices have you made based on how you feel at any given moment?

A bad day means going a little overboard on Read More

Rushing the journey: taking small steps for big results

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We live in a society of instant gratification, and there’s a big market of “proven” products backing this claim. We want to lose 10 pounds by Friday. Or make $1,000 in only four hours.

It’s easier to put the emphasis on the results while eliminating the process. Besides, the best things in life are easy, right? Not exactly.

This week, when picturing your ideal financial life, I want you to consider the journey. What does a “day in your journey to financial bliss” look like? To really answer that question, we need to do a quick exercise.

“Success is in the journey”

I want you to think about something you’ve accomplished that makes you especially proud. Maybe it’s the day you graduated college. Or that big promotion you got at work. It could be your ten year wedding anniversary or one of the many moments your child did something special.

Now consider why that particular moment filled you Read More

Your inner wealth: take the first step towards actualizing your dreams

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What percentage of your time do you spend doing things you really love? If you’ve read my book or kept up regularly with this blog, you know that I believe that directing your attention away from money and towards your priorities, values and beliefs – your inner wealth – is crucial to freeing yourself of financial stresses. This week, I want to help you take steps towards living the life of your dreams – actualizing your inner wealth – each day.

Instead of just thinking about what you would do if you could get started, this week I want you to take that first step into living your ideal life. Here are four ways to make your move towards your goal.

Take – or teach – a class

Do you love painting and want to eventually open up your own gallery? Well maybe the first step is brushing up on those artistic chops by taking a painting class. Even if you think you don’t need one, the accountability of a structured schedule (like that in a classroom) forces you to be motivated and produce something regularly.

And, of course, you could always teach a class; instructing others is a great way to get a different perspective of the business you want to get into. It’ll also improve your craft.


If you love writing yet have no idea how to get published, why not start with doing a little pro bono work? Start out with writing member profiles for your church’s newsletter or doing an e-blast for the animal shelter where you walk dogs. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to try out your passion in no-pressure situations.


Talk to people

Every person I know successfully living the exact life they want has mentors and like-minded individuals to bounce ideas off of. Even I have a team of people around me helping me to achieve the goals I set out for. So make it a point this week to meet one person who can help you reach your destination, whether it be through encouragement, sound advice or networking. The idea of putting yourself out there may be a scary one, but this is necessary to realizing your dreams.

Try something new

Maybe you don’t know exactly what it is you want to do, but you know that you need to make some changes. Just pick an activity and give it a shot. You might like it, you might not. But you might meet someone in your fun new activity that can open a door to something you’d like to give a try.

The idea isn’t to take this “something new” and turn it into your new favorite hobby (though if that happens, great). I want you to start living your ideal right now, and trying out something new expands your social and professional network. Putting yourself out there is a great initial step towards your inner wealth.

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