Posts Tagged "wealth"

Wealth and its place in my life

By on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog, business, Finance | 0 comments

  One of my readers asked me what my answers were to the questions I asked in this post. That’s a fair question to ask. To be honest, I’m working on raising my wealth barometer. Financially I’d definitely like to be in a better place than I’m at now, though it is nice to finally feel like I’m no longer just surviving or scraping by. It’s also nice to have enough financial space to focus on creating the business I want to own, as opposed to doing what I think will make money so that ends can be met. It’s very hard to develop a business when you are worried about making ends meet, because money you could put toward business development is put toward bills (which do need to be paid). I’m fortunate in that I have a partner who believes in me and is willing to support me as I work on creating a business I can truly excel at (actually two businesses in my case). Still a lot of the work is mine, both internally in terms of attitudes and beliefs and externally in terms of actions taken. This last year I took a small business management course which helped me refine my business into the coaching practice it is becoming. I’m still working on the business a lot…this week and next week will involve a flurry of activity around pricing and marketing for the business. Am I as wealthy as I want to be? Definitely not, at least financially. On the personal front I am happily married to someone who gets me financially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. I feel very wealthy in that way and in how we are living our lives. The communication we have between us has allowed me to feel an intimate connection that runs deeper than anything I’ve experienced. And I have friends I feel connected to. As someone who has not cultivated many close connections over the years, its nice to have friends I can connect with in a meaningful way. Most people I know and work with are not at the level of wealth they want to be. But if they can answer when they know they have enough...

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What is your wealth barometer?

By on Aug 13, 2012 in Blog, business | 0 comments

  One of the questions I ask my clients is about the quality of life they want. In other words, I want to know the level of wealth they want in life. I don’t focus on just money in this question, because while money is a part of wealth, its not the only indicator of wealth. Your love life is an indicator as is your relationship with your friends. The activities you do can also be an indicator. The balance between work and life is another indicator. To truly understand wealth, you need to understand that it is the quality of your life that creates your wealth barometer. What you have or don’t have isn’t as important as the quality of your life. To truly discover wealth in your business and life is to discover a profound joy that comes with the realization that you are able to live your life on your terms. Your wealth barometer measures how much money you make and more importantly what you do with it. It measures the joy you take in your business and in your life, in the relationships you have with others and with yourself. What is your wealth? Are you as wealthy as you want to be? Do you have enough? Do you want more and if so what will you do to get it, both internally, in your attitudes and beliefs, and externally in your actions? These questions are ones every business owner needs to answer. Knowing the answers will help you discover your wealth barometer as well as help you plan your business activities. Book Review: After the Honeymoon by Daniel Wile This is a must read book for anyone who is married or is in a serious relationships and wants to learn how to use conflict to improve your relationship. The skills in this books can also be applied to friendships, and business relationships. What I like about this book is that the author really explores the anatomy of conflicts, and how it shows up. He provides case studies and examples. Best of all, following the advice in the book works. You can turn conflict into a conversation that really gets to the heart of the...

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What is joy and wealth in business?

By on Apr 19, 2012 in Blog, business, Work-life balance | 0 comments

Over the last seven months I’ve been taking a class on small business management. One of the prevalent themes has been measuring your joy and wealth in your business, and in your life. When I think about the words joy and wealth and how they apply to business I think that what stands out most is that the majority of self-employed people I’ve met do seem focused on achieving a measure of joy and wealth in their business that’s based on a recognition that working for themselves is integral part of their joy and wealth. Working for yourself isn’t for everyone. It can be stressful, especially when you are your own boss. But there is a satisfaction in knowing you’re the boss. Part of what I love about self-employment is being on my own schedule, but also being able to meet and work with a variety of people I’d probably not meet in a more conventional work setting. Being on my own schedule helps not so much because I can slack off (though I could) but because it allows me to fit meetings and networking events in with working on my business or projects. And being self-employed does involve a lot of work. While it can be nice to take a break, I always have to keep in mind various projects, both client projects and my own. The joy and wealth of all of this is based partially on income, but just as much on enjoyment of my life and of my work. Having worked at many jobs I didn’t like, I can safely say that being self-employed brings more joy to me. The wealth could sometimes be better, but I’m working on that and it has gotten better recently just by changing the focus of my business. Part of that wealth is creative ideas, and being engaged in work that is meaningful and produces joy because you are doing what you are called to do. I think one component of joy and wealth which isn’t always focused on is business-life balance. I love my businesses, but I also love my downtime. It’s how I recharge and its what keeps me motivated and focused on doing well with my...

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Newsletter 4/21/08

By on Apr 21, 2008 in classes, communication | 0 comments

Table of Contents Introduction Article: The importance of Believing in the Abundance You Deserve Book Review: Creativity for Life by Eric Maisel Upcoming Workshops ********** Introduction This weekend I had the opportunity to present my class on breathing easy at the body Mind spirit Expo, in Portland, OR. I had a small group of people show up, but given that I had only registered the class on Tuesday of the week before and it was a 10 A.M., I was really impressed. We had a great time. What I enjoyed the most about the experience was sharing my skills with people who wanted to learn more. The Importance of Believing in the Abundance You Deserve On Friday I landed a job. I’d been job hunting for a little while, since my contract at my previous job got finished. While my ultimate goal is to be come self-employed as a life coach, I still need to maintain a viable income while getting more clients. I’ve mostly been focused on building my life coaching business, but I did put aside a few hours each week for job hunting. Yes, only a few hours. While conventional wisdom argues that you should treat job hunting as a full time occupation, I find it to be too stressful and demoralizing to constantly on what I don’t have. That doesn’t encourage abundance; in fact, it encourages focusing your mental attitudes and beliefs on what you don’t have, on creating a poverty mentality. I know, because last fall that’s what I created for myself when I couldn’t find a job right away and spent a good amount of each day trying to find a job. I kept apply to a job and saying to myself, “Why aren’t they contacting me? Can’t they see I’m the perfect candidate for them?” So this time, instead of spending lots of time job hunting, I job hunted for a few hours each week. I found jobs I wanted to apply for, applied for them, and then stopped thinking about what I didn’t have, and focused on the abundance I do have in my life: A warm home, food, a loving wife, really good friends, an excellent city to live in,...

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