Money, it's a relationship in life we will never be without. Join me as I discuss six important money questions you need to ask yourself when it comes to this very important relationship.
We all have to deal with money day in and day out, so it can be easy to forget what our purpose is in the midst of the money questions and details. Join me as I discuss 6 important questions you need to ask yourself about money.
I ask this same question to every single one of my clients and, often times, the answers aren't what you think. Here are some real-life responses.
"Having enough money to live and give without having to think too hard or worry too much. Bills paid, saving and investment coffers filled, and the ability to tithe." -Yehuda
"Personally, for me, when I think about what wealth means to me, I differentiate money and wealth. Certainly, when I was younger or even 5-8 years ago, it meant being as rich as I possibly could. However, now, wealth doesn't need to revolve around money. For me, now I much prefer being wealthy with my family, friends and other memorable experiences throughout my life. But if we are talking from a financial standpoint, wealth is about being able to do what I enjoy for a living without worrying about having enough money." -Don
"Freedom and flexibility. Not beholden to people outside family. Free to make choices within our means." -Chris and Kate
"Wealth means security to me, security in all aspects of life. Wealth also gives you more control: control financially, personally, for myself and my kids." -Courtney
This is just a fraction of the responses I've received. Can you find the common tone woven through each of these answers?
Very little of it actually has to do with money! Peace of mind, freedom to do what you love, security. Wealth is not about money but, rather, what money can provide for you. What is your personal wealth definition?
Early on with clients, I ask what they are most afraid of. I have heard everything from not having a plan to living under a bridge, destitute and that isn't exaggeration but direct quotes. Often times, these feelings are lying under the surface, not confronted, and we are medicating the issue with busyness. Let me tell you a secret. Busyness does not necessarily produce results! Here's a mantra I use in my own life:
Replace busyness with productivity and replace productivity with effectiveness.
Just because you are busy doesn't mean you are making an impact. It is not good to ignore or neglect financial fears. What is effective is answering those money questions, making sure you have a plan and finding peace, knowing you're doing your best. Nothing lasting is built overnight. To find stability in these areas, let's talk.
If you don't have an emergency fund, this is a huge reason to get one in place because knowing how long you can float your own boat is critical to survival! For more information on this topic, check out, "The Essentials of an Emergency Fund."
Before you can determine how much needs to be in your emergency fund, you need to know the total of your regular expenses. Don't just think about bills. Instead, think through all aspects and needs so nothing takes you by surprise. If you are self-employed or a sub-contractor, it is critical to know how much you need to stay afloat in order to know how much business you must generate before expenses and taxes. How do you know how much you need to keep afloat? Through budgeting! For more budgeting tips, check out, "How to Build a Strong Budget That Actually Sticks."
I posed this same question in my "Strong Together Money Community" and the overwhelming response was "Nothing." Even if your parents were proactive in teaching you about money, you likely caught more than you were taught. I suggest you evaluate these learned traits before putting them into practice to see if they are, in fact, healthy.
If you don't, you are sailing a ship with no rudder. How will you know you are gaining financial traction if you don't have a plan or destination? I know you are getting told everything is important, which can make it difficult to gain clarity and can lead to some serious money questions. Take the first question I asked today and this last question and use them to develop a plan of action and steps to get there, which will ultimately help you find more money to fund your dreams.
Question: What's your definition of wealth and what steps do you need to take to move from having a definition of wealth to living it out? Let me help you develop a plan of action. Contact me today!
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