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Last week, we began updating our financial plan, and I asked you some questions about your personal retirement plan. Did it get you thinking? With over 80% of Americans planning to work at least part time in retirement to supplement their pensions, Social Security and savings, the idea of retiring to something – not from something™ is catching a lot of attention.
I am a huge fan of doing something you are passionate and talented at create income in retirement.
For the last 10 years, I have been telling people that are planning on living off their savings, that the most they should consider pulling from their investments to create income is 4% a year if they would like it to last for at least 30 years.
- This means that if you have $1 million saved at age 65, you would only want to pull $40,000 per year or $3500 per month.
- Well according to David Blanchett, head of retirement research at Morningstar Investment Management, “We have to question that 4% assumption“. He says that withdrawal rate would only give clients a 50% chance of their assets lasting 30 years. A 2.8% annual withdrawal rate is more realistic, he adds.
What this means is that if you have $1 million in assets, you should only be pulling $28,000 per year to make sure it lasts at least 30 years. This is certainly not a millionaire lifestyle!
I am not saying stop saving. By all means, continue to build up not only cash reserves, but start maxing out your 401(k) savings and IRAs. You are going to want to have as much cash as possible, so continue to invest.
The secret to building this type of retirement plan is starting early, so you can take advantage of the “time-value” of money. For example, to save $1 million by age 65 (assuming a very generous 10 percent annual rate of return), take a look at the different amounts you would need to save, depending on how late you started to invest in your savings:
Age Daily Savings Yearly Savings
20 $4.00 $1,460
30 $11.00 $4.015
40 $30.00 $10,950
50 $95.00 $34,675
What do you do if you don’t have “The Gift of Time” on your side? Then I suggest your access “The Gift of Experience“. By the time we are in our 50s, 60 and 70s, we all have amazing wisdom and experience that we can leverage to create income to supplement our retirement income. The key is finding out what we are passionate at and skilled at, and then creating a smart plan to generate income.
So why did I suggest last week was to “find your stuff” and to get organized?
- I want you to pull all your investment statements, pension statements, your social security statements so you can see what you have.
- Once you see what you have, you can work with a financial advisor or a financial calculator to see how much you will have out into the future.
- By doing this, you will be able to see how much you need to earn to create the lifestyle you want.
The key is to start somewhere. See where you stand today based on where you are. Then you can create a strategy. My strategy is to spend my winters living in Costa Rica or Panama where the cost of living is very low, and I can lead my retreats which I love, and have access to high quality health care at a fraction of the cost of what we pay here.
The old paradigm: “Retirement” is when you have enough INCOME and ASSETS so working is optional and retirement is affordable.
The new paradigm: “Retire to Something – Not From Something” by creating lifetime income (preferably passive) doing something you love to supplement your pensions, Social Security and savings.
Next week, let’s talk about different retirement income strategies. In the meantime, try to get a “picture” of what your retirement goals are as well as what the future looks like based on where you are today using all those statements you pulled out this week. Try using the financial calculator above and see what you find out.
Last week, my husband and I met with our financial planner, John Steves. He is my former partner at Ameriprise and he is fabulous. Yes, even though I am a Certified Financial Planner, I still have my own advisor. It keeps my husband and me disciplined. Besides, I am a big picture person and John is the detail person who does the number crunching and also has his ears and eyes on the market daily.
Having a trusted advisor is one of the very best gifts you can give to yourself. I can help you with the big picture and help you create a game plan, but you will still want someone to run that financial plan taking a look at every area of your financial life, including what would happen if you died prematurely or couldn’t do what you do anymore. So often I hear of advisors just looking at the investments or just the insurance. True financial planning includes six areas of your life: financial position, goals like education and retirement, plus taxes, insurance and estate planning (or legacy).
A great financial planner will ask you to create a detailed budget, asking when certain expenses end, decrease or increase — like college expenses, health insurance costs and medical out of pocket, home improvements and maintenance, and even downsizing. They will used these numbers all through your analysis, and calculate how taking your Social Security and pensions at different times will affect your nest egg and amount you need to save today.
My husband is eligible for his pension at 55 and wants to compare retiring at age 55 to age 65. I think he will find it eye opening at the least. There is magic to knowing these numbers and I will share what you can do with it this type of information in my next article.
When you look at your retirement plan, do any of these apply to you?
- You plan to work forever
- You haven’t opened your statement since the market crashed in 2008
- You left or lost your job, dipped into your 401K and may have even paid taxes and penalties on it
- You aren’t saving anymore or don’t even have a retirement plan
- You have never seen your Social Security estimate
- You don’t understand your pension and benefit statements or even know where they are
- You’re paying so much for your kids college, there is nothing left for you to save for retirement
- Your kids have moved back in after college — enough said
- You have run up credit card debt and college loans and are trying to pay them off first
- You lost a big chunk of your savings in the 2008 market crash, never got back in and are afraid it’s too late
- You are hearing that the stock market is too risky and that bonds are even worse right now
- You are putting all your money into real estate
- Your best investment is your business, so you have everything tied up in that and just pray you don’t get disabled
- You have no idea where to start or how much you will need anyway
If you answer yes to any or all of these, then you are not alone. In a recent “Retirement Confidence Survey” conducted by the Employee Benefits Research Institute they asked “How confident are you about Retirement?” The results were:
- American workers are more pessimistic about their ability to retire comfortably than at any time since the survey began about 20 years ago.
- According to the survey about one‐third of workers tapped their retirement savings to pay for day‐to‐day expenses during 2010 and many of them didn’t have much saved in the first place.
- Just 59% of workers are currently saving for retirement and one‐half of them have less than $25,000 tucked away, according to the survey.
I believe that “work” is the New Retirement Solution and so do more and more baby boomers who are looking at their options.
- In a June 2008 Associated Press survey, it was reported that 78 million baby boomers are approaching retirement and that 66 percent of these individuals expect to continue working after “retiring” to supplement their pensions, Social Security and savings.
- In a recent Gallop Poll – that number is now up to 80%. Most plan to work part‐time, although some say they may need to work full‐time just to make ends meet.
The silver lining, according to LIfescience.com people who continue to work during retirement often experience better health than those who don’t work. As long as the work remains low stress, retirees who labor are less likely to suffer from major diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. They are also less likely to become depressed.
This is great news…because I see many of us continuing to work by doing something we absolutely love. I call this Retiring To Something — Not From Something. I believe that this new retirement for most of us will consist of a simpler lifestyle with less consumerism and working at something we are passionate about. If my husband does want to retire early, we will have the numbers, and it will include going through this process…and I am sure it will include Costa Rica, Panama and golf!
This certainly is a different retirement than our parents and things have changed dramatically over the last two decades. Most of the clients I work with are interested in working in retirement not only for financial reasons, but to continue doing something meaningful where they are utilizing their unique abilities, life experiences and making a difference in the world.
I see us doing this into our mid to late 70’s. Look around you and you will see many vibrant 70 year olds doing amazing things and having fun. Remember, we will probably end up living into our late 80s and 90s.
The secret is creating your plan now and then taking action. This is the first of an ongoing series that will help you create that plan. Please make sure you don’t miss this series and share them with your friends by sending them to www.smartwomenscoaching.com. Plus your friends will get my free video course designed increase your confidence and wealth, our weekly ezine and radio shows, and 100 days of inspiration (quotes from women!).
Your exercise today is to “Find Your Stuff“.
Pull together all your savings, investment, 401k, IRA, pension and Social Security Statements. Next week, I will tell you what to do with them. Don’t delay. Please do this now before you forget. You will thank me for it!
If you are ready to Create Your Perfect Life feel free to book your complimentary 30 minute Discovery Coaching Session now at www.talkwithkatana.com
A few years ago, I was interviewed on the topic, It’s Never Too Late to Become a Midlife Millionaire, by a brilliant interviewer, Lorwai Lan, on her radio show, Your Money and Your Mindset. Just a few weeks ago, she sent me an email saying that our interview had been the #1 downloaded podcast on the CEM network with over 30,000 downloads, so I went back and listened to it. It really was a great interview, and I invite you to listen yourself by clicking here.
One of the things that we talk about in the interview of course is mindset. The idea of mindset is so important, because unless you have a healthy relationship with money, no matter how much you make or have, you will never be able to keep it, grow it or feel secure and joyful about it. This is why 70% of lottery winners squander away their winnings within a few years. We have all heard these stories and think, “I’d never do that!” Oh really?
We also know that when new wealth is created in families, there is a 90% probability that all the wealth will be gone by the third generation. It’s known as “Shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves in three generations”.
So what is your mindset around money? If you received a large sum – millions of dollars, could you hold on to it? You say yes, but how are you treating the money that you have today? Do you respect and appreciate it? To create, grow and keep wealth, you will a healthy relationship with it and an action plan.
How does this idea of “Becoming a Midlife Millionaire” feel too you?
- Does it make you feel uncomfortable or does it feel too unrealistic?
- What would your friends and family think of you if you were really rich?
- Does the word millionaire seem too materialist or masculine?
- What were you told growing up about money; Was it money doesn’t grow on trees or money is the root of all evil?
- Are you triggered negatively by the idea of having a lot of money or those who already have it?
Our relationship with money – how we feel about it AND what we do with it – will have a profound effect on every area of our lives, because until we develop a truly sacred relationship with it and that means both the “Inner Work” and the “Outer Work” of money, we will never be able to ask for what we are worth, keep what we do earn, invest confidently to make it grow, or feel secure and confident about it once we have it.
I’ve worked with hundreds of women who have come to me to get help with their money and we always start with the “Inner Work”. If you are struggling with your relationship with money, thinking it’s too late to become wealthy, waiting for someone else to solve your financial problems, hoping the issues will go away by simply ignoring them, or going deeper and deeper into debt, even being afraid to spend it, or invest it, then it’s time to take action.
So the “Inner Work” is identifying our beliefs and disempowering beliefs around money, and then shifting, healing and releasing those beliefs while creating new empowering beliefs AND actions.
The “Outer Work” is what you are doing with your money. Are you getting paid what you are worth, do you respect it, are you saving and investing for your future?
No matter where you are in your life, there is hope. I can promise you this one thing. There is always hope and there is always a solution. So where do you start?
Step #1: Start with the Inner Work- your beliefs around money. What has been coming up while you were reading this article? I’ve helped hundreds of women heal their relationship with money by helping you identify your money personality which is based on your disempowering belief and your biggest challenge.
There are 5 money personalities:
- Value (I need to prove I am good enough)
- Status (Whatever I achieve is not enough)
- Love (I need to do whatever it takes to get love)
- Security (I never know when what I have may be taken from me)
- Recognition (I need to prove I’m right)
Once you identify your disempowering belief, challenge and personality, then it is time to release, forgive and heal. This process could take years or if done with a professional, it can be instantaneous. It’s truly step number one. This one step will shift everything. I’ve seen it happen with hundreds of women, frequently with immediate almost magical results.
Step #2: Now you can begin the Outer Work – Taking Action. So this is where you begin to look at where you stand and where you want to go. It’s time to be brutally honest, to clean up messes, set goals, and get the help you need. Steps could include:
- Creating a financial plan
- Taking a financial course like our Money Drama Breakthrough home study course and listen to my free teleclass, Clearing Money Clutter: From Chaos to Clarity .
- Going to a financial counselor if you are in debt
- Begin to education yourself – visit our free radio show archives for dozens of interviews with the top financial gurus.
Step #3: Don’t give up. Don’t try to do this part alone. Get support and surround yourself with like minded women who are on the same path. You can do this by joining our free Smart Women Community. There are Facebook Groups, free resources, 100 days of inspiration, weekly inspirational radio shows, and online forums.
I believe in you. I have been there and know how to do this. I have surrounded myself with dozens of supporters and they are all part of this community of smart, successful women who are willing to reach out and help each other. Check out these free resources and let us know how you transform. We want to hear from you!
Last week, we talked about creating a money bucket for your home maintenance. Today, I want to talk about how to hire a contractor for things like landscaping, home repairs, a new roof, etc.
I happen to be lucky enough to have a husband who has learned to do a lot of the smaller jobs himself. Although I do admit much of it came through a lot of trial and errors. I remember Mark’s first home maintenance attempt at installing a humidifier – we ended up with a mini flood in the furnace room. Now he knows what to attempt himself and what to leave up to the experts.
Mark’s Golden Rule: Unless you know what you’re doing, if the repair is related to gas or electricity do not attempt the repair yourself. Hire a professional!
Recently, we had a pretty bad leak in our roof and it was causing water damage in my daughter’s bedroom. We contacted our local handyman and he attempted a roof repair but it failed. We feared this meant we would have to get a new roof.
The good news is that we ended up with a very honest roofer who suggested that he could do a $500 roof repair today and then plan to replace the entire roof in about 5 years for around $14,000.
We had been considering replacing the roof since it didn’t match too well after our last home addition. We decided to ignore the mismatch for a few more years and earmark specific funds in our brokerage account for the new roof.
One thing you will need to estimate is how much more it will cost to do this in the future. We will make sure to budget another $2000 just in case. Another way to plan for this expense would be to save around $250/per month or $125/per paycheck if you are paid two times per month.
- Get a referral just like you would when looking to hire an attorney, CPA or find a good doctor. In our case of needing a new roof, you could ask your neighbors who are happy. There is often one company that does everyone in the neighborhood. In our case, we asked our builder who he recommended and you can see it was a great choice.
- Get a couple of quotes and ask for the names and phone numbers of other satisfied customers.
- Follow your gut and don’t get pressured to make a quick decision. Usually you will get an immediate feeling from a person. Trust this feeling. You will get a sense of a person in the first few seconds after you meet them – way before the sales presentation begins.
- Get it in writing. Get the details of the job in writing so there’s no misunderstanding later.
- Make a deposit. Don’t pay in full until the job is complete. This gives you leverage and you can ensure that the job was done right.
Then remember to create that money bucket – Your Cash Cushion for both the planned and unexpected.
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If you are one of the 75 million home owners in the US, then one of the things you need to plan for is keeping your house maintenance up to date. If you are a single woman, this is even more important because you are probably running your household on one income. Since your home is often your largest investment, keeping it properly maintained is very important.
This includes “expected maintenance and unexpected maintenance”. I suggest creating a money bucket for each. A money bucket is a savings account that you add funds to from every paycheck so you can have readily available cash reserves when the funds are needed.
According to a recent MSN study, 43% of Americans spend more than they make and the average credit card debt is $8000. Planning for the unexpected with a special savings account is a smart way to avoid having to go into debt to cover home maintenance.
When purchasing a home and trying to determine how much of a payment you can afford, be sure to include all the possible maintenance costs both long term and short term and include those into your monthly calculation.
The secret is living on less than you make. You can do this by over estimating expenses, buying less home than you can afford and then setting aside those additional funds into cash reserves, retirement investing and some funds for enjoying life now.
Here is an example of how to calculate your home maintenance fund:
- Annual maintenance
Landscaping, carpet cleaning, minor repairs and replacements of worn out appliances like washer, dryer, dish washer, refrigerator (seems like one of these goes every couple of years).
- Bigger Ticket Items
New roof, furnace, air conditioner, hot water heater, siding, remodeling, etc.
- Unexpected maintenance
Rotting siding, fallen tree, storm damage, etc.
Some of these items could be covered by home owner’s insurance, however, be careful about filling small claims because it could cause your insurance rates to go up. Sometimes it makes more sense to simply pay the deductible.
So in the above example, you could be putting away:
- $100/month for the annual maintenance,
- $100/month for bigger tickets,
- $50 for unexpected.
The goal would be to create a savings account and add $250/month or $125 per pay if you are paid every other week. Start somewhere and tweak the account as you go. You can also add lump sums from things like tax refunds to build this account up quicker.
Come up with an estimate for each category and then create a figure that you will be saving on a monthly basis so you are building up your cash reserves. Having the cash to fall back on will help you sleep at night and keep the credit card debt at bay.
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Until next time, live with Purpose, Passion and Prosperity!
Today’s tip is specifically for women who own a business, are self employed or a commissioned based sales person.
One of the biggest mistakes I see so many female entrepreneurs do is they don’t treat their finances like a business. Time and time again, I run into women – many who have been in business for many years and often who are even making a lot of money who don’t respect their money and treat it like a business.
A Cash Cow is a business person who:
- Runs all their income through one checking account.
- They normally don’t have a bookkeeper.
- Wait till year end to tackle their bookkeeping for their CPA.
- Rarely have the funds available to put into their retirement account.
- Are scrambling to pay taxes at year end.
- End up overwhelmed and miss out on so many deductions.
- When they get a big sale or commission, they spend more – so they are not operating with a budget.
- It’s always feast of famine – no cash cushion.
- They often fund their business through personal credit cards.
- They experience a lot of money drama.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, here are some smart cash flow tips you can implement immediately:
- Set up a separate business checking and savings account just for your business – even if you are a sole proprietor.
- Deposit all your business income into this account only.
- Create a budget so you know exactly what your business expenses are every month.
- Pay Yourself First!
Here’s how you will pay yourself first. Every two weeks you cut 4 checks:
1. Your personal paycheck:
Identify how much you need to be paid as a paycheck to cover your personal expenses and pay that to yourself two times a month.
Tip: Even if you earn $10,000 per month, if you only need $3,000 per month to cover your personal expenses then cut yourself a check for $1500 twice a month.
The extra builds up in your business and then you can pay yourself a bonus quarterly!
2. Emergency Fund:
Send a check to your savings until you have a 3 month money cushion.
3. Retirement Fund:
Send a check to your savings account so you can fund your retirement plan – usually some sort of IRA. So you have the money when your CPA tells you how much you can contribute. More on this next week. If you goal is to fund $10,000, then you want to be sending a check for $384 every two weeks.
4. Estimated Tax Fund:
Send a check to your savings account to pay for your estimated taxes payments. Your CPA will tell you how much this is and give you the forms to send it.
If your goal is to have a successful business, to create wealth and to be able to sleep at night, then you need to schedule time right this minute in your calendar to sit down and address these cash flow techniques.
This will probably mean a meeting with your CPA to put your retirement and estimated tax payments on your radar screen. Meeting with a financial planner to set up a retirement plan if you don’t already have one in place and meeting with your banker to set up the appropriate business checking account.
And of course…. not being a cash cow.
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Now this may seem obvious to you, but as a society, we have been taught and actually encouraged to spend every penny we make, to get it now and pay for it later, and to live beyond our means. What ends up happening is that we find ourselves living paycheck to paycheck or client to client and these habits are destroying any chance we might have for financial freedom and financial peace.
So what is the solution you might ask? The solution is to create a clear picture of how much is coming in for the full year and how much is going out.
1. Your first goal is to see where your money is going today. You can do this by listing every one of your expenses for a full year.
Remember, some of your expenses like car payments and utilities are monthly, others like auto insurance or the water bill might be quarterly, and then others like property taxes and insurance might be semi annually or annually.
Take this total for the full year, then divide it by 12 and this will give you how much you spend every month.
Now be sure to track your pocket money and go through your credit card statements to make sure you get everything.
2. Take the amount you make every month (after taxes) and subtract this figure. What do you see?
Is there money left over?
If there is extra, then that’s fabulous, because next week, I will show you what to do with it. Yay!
If it’s negative, then what do you think is going on here? You are probably spending more than you make and going into debt. Do you have credit card debt? This should be a wakeup call and the message is to “stop spending more than you make”.
3. Go back through your list of expenses and put a plus mark by everything that is absolutely crucial and everything that raises your self-worth. Then you want to see what areas you might be able to eliminate to increase your bottom line.
Yes, just a like a business, you want to increase your bottom line.
So this week, just work on this one area to get really clear about where you stand. What is coming in and what is going out.
The secret will be to spend less than you make while living a rich and rewarding life and over the next few weeks, I will be sharing more and more ways to do just this.
You are welcome to use the “Expense Tracking Worksheet” that I have attached at the end of this blog to see where your money is going today.
Your ultimate goal is to create a healthy bottom line – meaning you have money left over at the end of the month. Having money left over at the end of the month means you are spending less than you make which is the first step to creating wealth.
Next week, we will talk about “How to pay yourself first.”
In the meantime, if you have any questions for me or any comments, please post them below and I answer them!
Please share these tips with your friends. I believe in you and I want to see you have a rich and rewarding life. So do this assignment, and I will see you next week for our next Smart Money Tip!
In my Smart Money Video Tip series, I have been sharing smart ways to create and grow money. One of the best ways to grow your money is through the magic of compound interest.
“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t … pays it.” Albert Einstein
Today, I want to share a story that demonstrates this concept with the Magic Penny Doubling Effect. If you were given the choice between taking $3 million in cash today or a single penny that doubles in value every day for 31 days, which would you choose? If you have heard this story before, you know the right answer is the penny, right? But why?
You know that picking the penny will lead to greater wealth over the long term. So why is it so hard to pick the penny? It’s because it takes so much longer to see the payoff of choosing the penny.
Let me explain. Let’s say you chose the $3 million cash and your friend chose the “doubling penny” what would it look like?
|Day||Your Friend’s $0.01|
Well on day five, your friend has 16 cents vs. your $3 million. Day 10 your friend’s penny is just $5 bucks. Day 20, your friend still only has $5000. So with only 11 days left, it looks like you made the smarter choice right?
Well this is when the example gets really interesting and the power of compounding really works its magic.
|Day||Your Friend’s $0.01|
On day 28, your friend’s doubling penny is now worth over $1 million and on day 31 your friend now has over $10 million which is 3 times your $3 million. Amazing right?
Well there may not be anyone who is going to offer you a magic doubling penny or $3 million dollars but you can apply this principle in your life today.
This story is an example of how smart choices plus consistency over time will equal a Dynamic Change in your life.
Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = Dynamic Change
Let’s say you ate a cheese burger, fries and a cola today for lunch. It’s not going to hurt you and it’s not going to help you. BUT if you eat this meal every day for lunch for the next year what will happen?
Or if you go to yoga class today, it’s not going to hurt you and it’s not going to help you very much. BUT if you go to yoga class every day for the next year what could happen?
Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = Dynamic Change
The same principal applies to your money.
If you invest $10 today it’s not going to help you and it’s not going to hurt you, but you invest $10 a day for 35 years at 10% and you will have over $1 million.
Think of how you could find an extra $10 a day with lose change, found money, managing your credit card points, using coupons, working smarter, skipping the $5 latte, getting better gas mileage, selling some stuff on eBay, increasing your fees or asking for that raise, taking the stretch and stepping out of your comfort zone, getting a new quote on your car insurance.
That’s only saving an extra $300 per month. Could you do this? The answer is probably yes!
So my tip is to ask yourself – What small changes can you begin to make in your life today that will equal Dynamic Change and a life of true prosperity for the rest of your life?
Post your comments below or on my facebook page. I love to get feedback on this concept.
Last week, we talked about how to make money, to save money and then what to do with it. I even mentioned that if you could save $500 a month for 20 years, you could end up with over $250,000. So if you missed that video click the link below to watch it again.
That video actually triggered a great question from one of our members. If you have questions, be sure to write them in by visiting our Smart Women’s Coaching Facebook Fan Page. Deb writes…
“Katana, I have a question about your latest newsletter and video. In it, you speak of needing a new $400 vacuum and finding it for $110 with shipping. I was always taught that if you have a ‘bargain-hunter’s’ mindset or an ‘I will never pay full price for anything’ mindset, that that mindset will determine who you will attract in your business – so you would attract people who always want a discount or for you to cut your price. I would love to know your thoughts about this!”
What a brilliant question – and I agree! If you have a scarcity mentality, then you’re not going to be able to charge full price for your services and you may attract those kinds of people.
So the secret here is:
- When it comes to buying a product, you are going to want to go for the best price. If you can get a $400 vacuum for $110 delivered, then by all means go with the lowest price.
- When it comes to a service however, you are going to look for value and you are going to look for testimonials. What is the reputation, what are they providing, and often you may go with the highest price. We’ve done that many times.
So there is a difference with a product or service. Great question Deb!
So next week, we are going to be talking about Mindset, you will definitely want to tune to in get that new tool. And in the meantime come to the Facebook Fan Page, and post your questions and your own Smart Women Money Tips (what you are doing to make smart money choices!) because as I told you in our last video, we are having a contest.
We are going to post one winner each week for the next 3 weeks to the woman who posts the best Smart Money Tip on our Smart Women’s Coaching Facebook Fan Page. (new winner each week)
The winner will receive a 60 minute Money Breakthrough Method Coaching Session with me. You will also receive a full set of the money personality cards – there are five and they are gorgeous and you will love them. They are worth $50. In this session with me we will identify your money personality, your limiting beliefs, your new empowering beliefs and an action plan. We have tons of testimonials of women going through this process and having huge breakthroughs. So until next week — have a fabulous week!
When we asked women this question, 260 spoke up and the three top categories were:
- Finances or Money – 36%
- Confidence - 22%
- Don’t know where to start or Clarity – 13%
Some of your individual comments were:
- Have difficulty with focus and organizing my knowledge
- Looking to start my coaching business — giving up the security of a previously steady income
- I have lots of ideas but no clarity on where to go from here
- Big financial downward spiral after multiple health & family crises
- I do not know how to manage my finances — I can’t seem to move forward because I have no clue how to do what it takes to make it happen.
- Since my beloved husband passed away I’ve been in the hospital three times, and lost some of my enthusiasm and confidence.
- I say financial and I also think it stems from self esteem issues
- How do I create income doing what I love?
What IS critical to notice from these comments above is that although money is the #1 issue, it is totally connected to issues confidence and clarity. Remember how we handle money affects every area of our lives: where we live, where our children go to school, who we associate with, where we vacation, and even our food and health care that we receive.
Best of all, it’s never too late to late to start making smart money choices, which is why I’m sharing top 3 tips for taking charge of your money.”
Tip #1: Clear Up Money Clutter
Money clutter can appear in many forms. The most common is of course in the form of unpaid or late bills, stacks of paperwork, lack of proper bookkeeping, overstuffed wallets, and lack of clarity when it comes to money.
The second issue comes from mental or emotional clutter when it comes to money which includes overwhelm, fuzzy thinking, procrastination and even fear. So schedule the time to get organized, find your stuff and have a system. You are welcome to pick up my financial organizer planner which will show you how to set up a filing system. I created it specifically for an elderly client, but it will work for anyone. Pick up your free copy here today! (see top right corner – listed as Caregiver’s Manual)
Tip #2: Track Every Penny In and Out
When it comes to money, ignorance is NOT bliss. Money loves to be paid attention to and it WILL get your attention, one way or another. By tracking what you make and what you spend every day, you’re giving money the attention it requires. I use a simple tracking form where I jot down the total amount of revenue I’ve brought in each day. For expenses, I tuck all receipts into one handy folder and let my bookkeeper enter the expenses in a tracking program such as Quicken. You will be amazed at how fast you begin attracting greater income, spending less, feeling more confident and having more clarity!
Tips #3: Stop Spending Money You Don’t Have
Only purchase consumable items like clothes, food, entertainment, gasoline, salon items, etc. on credit if you have the discipline to pay off the balance in full each month. Otherwise, you have nothing to show for it, and it creates stress and sabotages your ability to create wealth.
The only time it makes sense to use your credit card for a purchase that may not be paid in full at the end of the month is if you’re investing in training and education that will help you grow your business. That’s because investing in yourself is always the best investment you can make. Just be sure you have a clear payoff plan written out so you stay in financial integrity and make your investment pay off.
It’s Time To Become a Smart and Wealthy Woman Who Is Living Her Perfect Life.
Highly successful women understand their relationship with money is one of the most important, long lasting and revealing relationships they’ll ever have. Just remember, by respecting your money and creating a plan, you’re respecting yourself in a positive and powerful way that is priceless.