It’s upon us already! A new year and a new opportunity to get our financial houses in order. If this seems far too overwhelming to you, know you are not alone. Money has become a power outside yourself, and finance often seems like a secret code way too difficult to crack. The truth is that money is just a thing, a neutral thing that you can use to create the life you want for yourself, your family, and communities both large and small.
We all have limiting beliefs. Most likely they formed back in early childhood to keep you safe, or maybe they sprouted out of something someone told you about yourself which turned out to be wrong. How many times have you not done something because you thought you couldn’t? Didn’t explore a new life path because it seemed like it was ok for others but not for you? Or told yourself a lie that kept you in the same place, repeating the same pattern over and over? There’s no judgment here- we’ve all grappled with this or worse: simply gave in to a limiting belief without even knowing it.
You’ve got patterns, I’ve got patterns, we all have patterns that trap us & keep us stuck, unable to evolve or experience success. I’m not talking about routines like a morning walk or a daily 2pm coffee break. Patterns are often unconscious, formed & maintained without our awareness or permission, and our own are really hard to see.
Team building is a buzz phrase these days, but it’s truly something many of us need to think about, plan, and implement. Typically we’ve been taught to approach team building from the outside-in: games, challenges, and other usually kinesthetic activities where people can have fun while getting to know one another. This method has merit, and it works in many ways. But how are the participants selected? What are their traits and strengths? What about the people who don’t like group activities? Do they have value to the team? (Keep reading- there is a shortcut way to figure out all of this.)
Teaching our kids about money and financial health is critical. According to a great article from the Wall Street Journal, despite the best intentions, we’ve been getting this all wrong. “Most children still grow up into adults who can’t properly save, spend, and budget,” and invest, leverage, and give. In other words, kids are growing up without an understanding of money as a neutral tool to help them create the lives they want and instead arrive at adulthood with financial anxiety, unable to speak about finances rationally, and unable to distinguish cultural associations and personal emotions all too often attached to money.
So what do we do? How do we instill in our children a healthy financial perspective and the ability to navigate finances with confidence?
When your relationship with one of the currencies gets better, your relationships with the rest get better. Our programs focus on money, but they are really about improving overall well-being, in every part of your life. Here are some articles & studies that support and make a case for our mission along with some books and other resources we like. Here’s to your health & wealth!