A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to attend Ali Brown’s Shine conference at the Venetian/Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. What a great time! While the weekend itself had me feeling an enormous roller coaster of emotions, they were all very real and important feelings. I took time on Saturday evening after the conference was over to work through some of them with my dear friend that I went with. Here are some of the nuggets of information I was able to pull together.
I have heard that if you want to be rich, you have to be committed to it unreservedly. Okay, I guess I get it. I think everyone wants to be rich, right? It is probably the level of commitment that separates the rich from…well, everyone else. I have spent the last several years trying so hard to get to that place. I have told myself I am committed…yada, yada, yada. Yet, I keep feeling like the harder I try, the further away I get from “it”. What was I doing wrong?
That is why these last couple of weeks has been such an experience for me. I think I finally get it!! Yes, I want to be rich, who doesn’t? But it is not about that. I was committing myself to the wrong thing if I wanted to be rich. It is not about the money. Okay, the money is an enormous bonus. But, I need to make a priority list when it comes to commitment. If I want to be rich in the truest sense of the word, I need this to be my priority list:
Are you thankful for what you have right now? You may automatically say yes and not think twice about it. I always feel I am thankful for all the wonderful things I have in my life. However, I have also caught myself longing for more. Wanting the bigger house, the nicer car, clothes that are a little more chic or even for the kids to get just a little older so we can…
I know you are probably saying to yourself I am thankful for what I have, but then you find yourself doing the same thing. Stop for a minute and think about what you are thankful for right now. Is it:
Many of you are probably saying, “Oh, yes, it is!” Don’t get me wrong, I love money. It’s great!
Let’s give a mention to all the fantastic things you can do with money:
- It makes you feel good when you have lots of it.
- You can buy lots of cool stuff with it.
- People respect you more if you have it.
- You feel successful if you have plenty of it around.
- It gives you the ultimate freedom.
Who wouldn’t want lots of money around with all those great benefits? So, let me just make it abundantly clear here, I am not saying money is bad in any way. I want people to stop running their lives with it. [Read more...]
Does this seem like a strange question? I used to think it was. That is until I decided to really dig deep and see why my business was not doing as well as I wanted it to. The good news is this doesn’t just apply to entrepreneurs, this can easily explain why you do not have the level of income you would like.
Take a minute and reflect…How were you raised? Did your parents teach you that it was not appropriate to ask for things? That it is better to give than to receive? Money is the root of all evil? If that is the case, then, my guess is, you are probably not a very good receiver in many ways.
Don’t get me wrong, your parents had the absolute best of intentions. They were at least partially right. There are definitely times when it is not appropriate to ask for things. However, when you own your own business, it is appropriate to ask for payment from a client. If you are an employee, there are situations when it is okay to ask for a raise. And, yes, it is generally better to give than it is to receive. But, again, when you are trying to make a living, receiving is a necessity…why not be good at it?