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June 2014

Dear <<First Name>>

Fears and insecurities around money are often a central issue to tackle before people are willing to make radical shifts in their career.

Ethan left a lucrative corporate training position to launch a hot sauce business. This was his big dream. He’s a cook and an avid foodie, and he comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. Now, like most new entrepreneurs, he is struggling to make his business profitable. To make ends meet, his wife, Jane, works part-time while caring for their two small kids, and the lack of financial stability in their lives is dredging up some of their oldest and scariest beliefs about money.

As uncomfortable as this can be, the most effective response to these fears is to roll up our sleeves and do some financial housekeeping. If fears about money are keeping you paralyzed and unable to pursue major life changes, get your financial house in order — not just by sweeping the porch, but really tackling everything, till you’ve cleared the cobwebs out of every corner. Consider the following financial health strategies and approaches, which have helped our clients tackle their “inner work” regarding money and prosperity:
  • Acknowledge your fears and assumptions about money. When it comes to money issues, we all have work to do. We all have our own “stuff ” around money, prosperity, and wealth. What was your family’s situation growing up, and is your adult attitude toward money a reaction to it? What are your core issues or insecurities? If money fears are holding you back, are you ready to do the work necessary to release these self-limiting beliefs around the green stuff (which may involve hiring a CPA or a financial consultant)?
  • Understand money as energy. Author Joseph Campbell once said, “Money is congealed energy and releasing it releases life ’s possibilities.” In other words, money has no value in itself. Its only value is in what it allows us to do. Rather than accumulating or hoarding money, can you imagine letting it responsibly and joyfully flow in and out of your life? What if you viewed money as a way to power, fuel, and sustain your life and those areas that matter most to you?
  • Describe  your  relationship  with  money.  If your money was a person, how would you describe the relationship? Is it your best friend, your beloved, or a dreaded enemy you avoid running into at all costs? Does it serve you or are you a slave to it? Is your mood tied to your bank account? Is your self-esteem? Can you imagine living as if your happiness was independent of financial status?
  • Get real about your financial state. Many times we worry about how bad things are without really looking at our financial state. Do you know where you stand financially? Sometimes, we think we ’re better — or worse — off than we are. However, fear can create paralysis, and the first step to start moving again is to take a full inventory: list your debts and expenses and compare them to your income and assets. Most people have no idea where they stand financially, so just taking this first step is huge. This knowledge can allow you to make conscious choices about how to live and spend.
  • Expand your notion of prosperity. An antidote to feeling poor is to pause and think of all you have to be grateful for — your health, your freedom, your ability to create, your work, your family and friends, and so on. Money is just one form of prosperity, and sometimes it’s the least important. Celebrating all your blessings can help shift your perspective, and it often gives you the breathing room you need to see your situation in a different light.
  • See the big picture. It’s really easy to fixate on our present moment and believe life will remain this way forever. If we feel stuck in our current financial state, remember that this too shall pass. Spend time with friends and colleagues who support you and remind you that your state of being is not determined by your bank account. This is only a bump in the road — you’ll survive. We all live in the unknown and no one can predict the future, but we can find our center and choose how to respond to and see our circumstances. As a friend who just lost her house shared with me, “We thought we lost everything, but when we realized we had our health and each other, we realized we were wrong.”
  • Don’t stop enjoying life! Just because your bank account is lean doesn't mean your life has to grind to a halt. Don’t mope — maintain your well-being and keep having fun. Seek out free concerts and events. Go on a family picnic. Go to the dollar theater. Invite friends for a Mediterranean or comfort foods potluck dinner. Enjoy your local and state parks. The best things in life are free!
What helps you to feel more empowered about your finances? Many find that when they begin to feel more free, trusting, and open regarding money, they can finally step into the career and life they truly desire.

Warmly, Renee and Career Strategists Senior Coaches: Angela, Sarina and Debbie /512-459-6700
P.S. The Career Strategists coaching team—a boutique coaching firm based in Austin and serving clients worldwide via personal sessions, phone, Skype—has been supporting clients around the globe since 1999. We are incredibly grateful to do the work we do and find tremendous joy and satisfaction in knowing we have helped thousands of men/women find their calling and experience enhanced job satisfaction. Read some of our past newsletters here to learn more about our philosophy.

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