Posts Tagged ‘money mindset’
There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.
-Tommy LaSorda, Hall of Fame baseball manager
Starting. It’s difficult, isn’t it?
Often you can see the path that leads to success in your financial life, your craft, or your career, but you just can’t bring yourself to make the first move.
There are many reasons people don’t start. Most of them are labeled procrastination by people around you. I don’t think that’s fair. There are many, many reasons to wait on your goals, most of them far more involved than simple “procrastination.”
- You don’t have all the facts yet.
- You have other priorities.
- It isn’t the right time of year.
- You’ll be fresh tomorrow.
- When you get money, it’ll be easier to start.
- Once you pay off that old debt, then you can begin again.
- The kids are about to go to school/end school/be born.
All of these are reasons to wait. Most of them are even good reasons. No matter, we know for certain one fact: it’s clear that now isn’t a good time to start anything new. But, you still know in the back of your head that if you don’t start now, there’s a chance that you never will. (more…)
Bryan and I have simply been blown away by the response to last week’s “Living in Possibility” call! Hundreds of you joined us for a conversation about living life powerfully as artists who CHOOSE to create the success you desire (and deserve) in every area of your lives. We suspected there would be a few motivated artists who might dive into the material, but we just weren’t prepared for the number of calls and emails we’ve received, sharing your questions, experiences and victories–we’ve never seen the group this fired up before! It seems we really struck a nerve!
Or are you all even more dynamic than we realized?!
The immediate question is: With all of this momentum and new insight, what are you going to do next to stay in the zone of your potential? How will you apply this work practically day to day? How will you best capitalize on these discoveries and treat yourself to the good to come–right now? (more…)
“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.” – Gore Vidal
My acting teacher shared this quote with me, and it quickly became one of my favorites. I still laugh at it, and I still wish it weren’t so damn true. Don’t you wish that at this stage of development we were more enlightened, less envious, more accomplishing, less self-sabotaging? Or that we could openly acknowledge where we are at, be genuinely and fully happy for the success of others, and trust that the universal abundance that exists was ours to share, that the extraordinary life of our dreams was truly within reach… like, right now?
Yeah, us too.
If there’s a disconnect between what you want–what you authentically know to be possible for you creatively and professionally–and the actual results you achieve day in and day out, then I invite you to join me and Miata on our free webcast, LIVING IN POSSIBILITY. It’s a 90-minute call that could shock you, might inspire you, and will almost certainly raise your consciousness and provoke some amazing new actions.
It’s sometimes amusing to me that here at Abundance Bound we’re in the business of teaching artists about finance, when a great deal of what we do has nothing to do with money. In fact, this seminar could easily be called, IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY. It’s about our emotional relationships. It is how we feel about money, or success, or family and friends, or acting or painting or music–or whatever–that defines our world and our level of satisfaction. I don’t care whether you book one acting job or a thousand acting jobs, or paint the Sistine Chapel II, you can’t outrun your subconscious or your deep emotional paradigms. (more…)
So there’s a crazy blog title right? I’ve always been a champion of thinking BIG! My clients will tell you about the many books, articles and quotes I pass on to them on the topic of never, ever limiting our dreams.
On Saturday I attended a seminar on investing. It was a fabulous day. The instructor shared great information and did it in a way that made sense to someone like me who tends to go a bit cross-eyed when I try to follow the stock market. But early on in the class, he was talking us through a simple investment strategy, and explained a process we could follow to earn $100 over the course of a month. He looked around the room and obviously sensed the energy of the participants (me included) that was essentially – “Yeah, okay…$100…when are you going to get to the real stuff?”
He smiled a bit and then cautioned us to pay attention to our mindset and the ways in which, without even realizing it, many of us are guilty of consistently dismissing money. At that moment, we were all pretty much broadcasting loud and clear to the universe: “I’m not impressed. Don’t bother. Call when you’ve got something good for me.”
And then he said something almost ridiculously simple and incredibly powerful:
“ALL MONEY IS GOOD!”
I’ve been thinking about that statement constantly for the last couple of days. How often do you catch yourself saying things like:
- “Geez. A residual check for $1.04. It’s not even worth a trip to the bank.”
- “I can ONLY save $25 a month right now. What’s the point?”
- “Yes their gas prices are a few cents cheaper, but I’d have to make a U-turn.”
When we consistently blow off opportunities to take the “small” steps to building our wealth – what makes us think we’ll be given bigger opportunities? Spending mindfully, saving consistently, welcoming money of any size into our lives – all of these habits make us long term winners.
It’s funny because the first module of The Artist’s Prosperity Home Study System is Change Your Financial Mindset and How You Talk About Money. And what I say throughout this lesson is that our work in this area is never “done.” It’s not like you can check a box and you’ll never have another negative thought about money. But it’s so important to do the work and to keep coming back to it. Sure, there are other “more glamorous” topics like debt elimination, increasing your income and investing. But it all begins with the foundation of a strong and powerful state of mind about money.
Well this weekend created consciousness for me around an area that I want to really pay attention, and I thought I would take a few moments to also share that with you. It’s wonderful for all of us to continue to strive for everything we desire. We just want to remember to give gratitude and thanks for all the small steps we can take along the way.
I had a session today with one of my clients. Her acting career is starting to take off which is so exciting. Moneywise she is also in really good shape. Since we started our work together she’s gotten much more organized, paid off lots of debt and is starting to focus on saving and investing.
The problem is that in spite of all of the wonderful things happening in her life, this client really struggles with feelings of unworthiness. She has a mindset that expects happiness to be quickly chased away by disaster waiting right around the next corner.
It’s so important for this client to put the same discipline she has brought to other areas of her life, to the process of reprogramming these limiting thoughts, which she admits she has carried for as long as she can remember. What is true for all of us is that it doesn’t matter how earnestly we wish to be successful. If what we feel in our core is that we are unworthy, our subconscious mind will affect our good intentions and sabotage our actions.
This is why Step 1 of The Artist’s Prosperity System is: Change your financial mindset and how you talk about money. The way we think and feel about our money is directly connected to our level of financial prosperity. You can learn and implement the practical actions that will shift and improve your financial situation. BUT – in order to transform your relationship with money permanently – you must consistently work to break any existing cycles of negativity. The result is an experience of more flexibility, ease and increased energy being put towards everything you truly wish to accomplish.
I hope you’ll join me on July 21st for The Power of Prosperity – a completely FREE teleseminar/webcast – during which you’ll learn all 9 steps of The Artist’s Prosperity System. Together, we’ll explore actual tools you can put into practice immediately to begin to conquer any fears that are currently a barrier to your success!
Register here and I look forward to “seeing” you on the call!
Cookies are ALWAYS welcome!
You’ve made it through Black Friday and the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, hopefully with your pocketbook intact. I hope that you had a warm, fun time with friends or relatives. As we wheel into a fantastic stretch of holidays on the calendar, I know there’s little I enjoy more than renewing old acquaintances, enjoying new friendships and watching the pageantry of the season. It can truly be, to quote the classic holiday song, the “greatest time of year.”
This stretch can also be the worst time of year, though. I’ve spoken with people who see deals all around them and feel like they can’t take advantage of any because of money woes. A group stops off at Starbucks for a Peppermint-favored holiday drink and all you have in your pocket is enough for bus fare home. For this reason and others, the holidays can lead to depression and feelings of miserable loneliness.
Whether I’ve explained your situation or not, there are good ways to experience and enjoy this holiday season without spending every dollar you have. Much as the Grinch discovered, there is more to this time of year than presents and shopping. Here are some tips to help you beat the holiday blues:
You are an artist. You may be an actor, a painter, or a writer, but you are an artist. And of course, you are running a business. Or is it a hobby? The biggest question of all is – do you know the difference?
The title of this article is significant for two reasons. Firstly, because it defines the type of box that so many of us find ourselves in, and second, because the idea of stepping demands action. Thinking outside of the financial box is simply not enough, although in the beginning it is probably precisely the thing to do. Sound confusing? It is really more straightforward than you might think.
Abundance is very much like colors. No two people see colors in the same way. One person may see blue while another sees purple. Two people looking at the same pumpkin will not see the exact same shade of orange. And no two people will experience the same feelings or have the same ideas of what abundance is. The question is—what does it means for you?
How many of you read the title of this month’s newsletter and said “Oh no! Not that again!”?
If you have ever attended any kind of financial seminar or read any books on finances, you have been told that you should consistently be putting a set amount of your income into savings. We all know that we are supposed to be putting away money every single month. Still, the reality is that an extremely small percentage of us actually do it.