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October 2013

Stay True to You

By | Advice from Julie Murphy Casserly, Vlogs | One Comment

We spend the majority of our conscious lives working. Some people have the fortune of doing something they’re truly passionate about, while others go to a “job” each day and stick around for years just to secure that paycheck. Who do you think sees more success and money during their lifetime? Time to change your status quo: end the anxiety of performing a job that sucks the life out of you. Choose to make a change and determine what it is that you can do better than anyone else and find a way to get paid for it.

From “Cubicle Convict” To A Career You Love

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Do you feel like you’re stuck in a job you hate? That’s not taking you anywhere? But you don’t know what you what you want to do or how to change? I encounter this often within my financial practice and it’s not just the people who are financially strapped. No matter how much money you have in your 401k or other savings, you can find yourself in a less-than-desirable job situation. But you have no idea how to escape your “dead end” job.

The job landscape is changing faster than ever and so many people are having to temp or take on jobs that they don’t like in order to just scrape by financially. On the other side of that, others are just staying in jobs to maintain a lifestyle that they thought wanted, but…all of this “getting by” may make you feel like just another drone in the system. If you’re feeling like a cubical convict – trapped in a career that you had no intention of pursuing – it’s time to make some changes.

Look at what you can do right now

No, not tomorrow. Or next week. Or in a couple of months when you have a little more money or feel more secure. Now. Today. At this very moment. This could be something as simple as suggesting something to your boss on a project you’re working on or asking if you can draft up something for him to take into consideration. It could also be monetizing a hobby you love. Offer up your scrapbooking services to friends and family for a small fee or sell that jewelry you like to make while you’re watching television.

Shift your focus away from money

With that said, if you are only looking at the financial side of things you will likely miss out on great opportunities. Isn’t that how you got into your current situation in the first place? When you focus only on money, you are disconnected from what you are truly after: your desired life. So instead of focusing on money, look inward at the things that you enjoy doing and the things you’re good at. There are several courses available on the internet like personality tests and job profile engines that can help you figure out what’s really a good fit for you.

Choose to be proactive

It goes without saying that in order to make major changes in your life, you have to choose to do so. Whether it’s looking at job boards, asking your friends about potential openings at their jobs or cold-calling companies you’re interested in to inquire about employment opportunities. You have to actually do something in order for things to change. And you might as well do it with confidence; you might be dead wrong in what you think you want. But you know what? At least you know and at least you tried. Trying and failing is better than doing nothing and going nowhere.

Small steps lead to big action

That’s what I want to stress here. No, you’re probably not going to get out of your situation tomorrow and find yourself in your perfect job. But what you are going to realize is that the more of the little things you do to change your circumstance, the better  your outlook will be. Something as little as just calling a company you’d love to work for and getting someone with decision-making power on the phone is huge. It can boost your confidence and give you the push you need to keep going. I know it’ll be intimidating at first and you may feel the fear (I sure did when I first opened my own business) but it only takes a few small steps a day to make a huge difference in your life. This is your path – your journey – and it’s your time time to choose to be the CEO of your life.

What decisions are holding you back?

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We all hang on to things we don’t need. Whether it’s clothing from when we had fewer pounds, a relationship that’s run it’s course or a financial burden that’s not allowing us to move forward. Now is the time to let go of the things that are holding us back. It’s time to purge bad energy and allow positive energy to rule our lives and allow for personal growth and progress.

Filling The gap: What’s Missing?

By | Advice from Julie Murphy Casserly, Blog, Rich but empty | No Comments

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Sometimes, being “rich” in others eyes means that your life is perfect. To those around you, you already “have it all.” A great spouse. Healthy kids. A job you like. And friends that make you happy.

But you feel something is missing.

You can’t put your finger on it, but you know that your rich life isn’t completing you the way it had been previously. This doesn’t mean that you’re unhappy. Quite the contrary – you love so many things in your life and feel grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities and people that surround you on a daily and weekly basis.

Yet, there’s a hole. It’s small enough to have been easily ignored for a while, but you’ve come to a place where it’s time for it to be addressed.

I want to stress that it is perfectly acceptable to have these feelings. Just because you have everything on paper, it doesn’t mean you’re fulfilled in every area of your life. Judgment comes in all forms. It’s the friends who passively gloss over your concern about something your boss said about your work; after all, you have a great paying job that you actually like so there’s no real problem there.

It’s incredibly easy for people to base their entire opinion on something from what they see on the surface. People, even those close to you, feel that they can judge your life based on what you choose to show them. And if your life appears to be great, some may view your concerns as unwarranted.

So where do you go from here? First off, you accept that you are lucky to be in the position that you’re in. To have a financially stable life, a great career, healthy kids or a solid relationship (with yourself or another person). Then, you acknowledge that something is missing. Your life isn’t as rich as you’d like it be, and it’s time for you to explore. Maybe that means taking some risks professionally. It could be just your body telling you it’s time for a break. Or within all of your seeming happiness, you may find yourself stuck.

Action step

Take some time over the next few weeks and write how you’ve been feeling. Or even record yourself on your phone, computer or camera talking about the things you are experiencing internally as they relate to your external life. The whole point of this exercise is to get to know yourself better so you can understand what’s missing.

Whether it be a new personal project, a vacation or anything else, you deserve to live your rich life exactly on your terms. Yes, you are in an incredibly fortunate situation and you are grateful for it daily. But going after that missing piece is integral in creating the life you desire.