I recently started a new work out called Orangetheory. It's a unique style of interval training: you wear a heart rate monitor and a display screen reflects your heart rate in real time while you go through a strategic workout, assigning it a color. The goal is to get into the orange zone -- hence, 'Orangetheory' -- to sustain intensities at 85% or higher of maximum heart rate.
These are the cycles of entrepreneurship: contraction, expansion, ebb & flow. They are much like life and a LOT like money! These cycles are happening ALL the time but we have become disconnected from them. We no longer need to conserve food for the winter, we just jump in the car and head to the store when we want anything…anytime. This happens with spending money too. We have lost the connection to conserving for the future because we are an instant gratification culture.
Perhaps the most common problem that draws people to financial coaching is the challenge of finding the right livelihood. Although it is one of the Buddha’s prescribed requirements for a happy life, the endeavor to find right livelihood is a process that baffles many in our culture.
How can a sincere, willing (perhaps frazzled or doubtful) seeker create, and open to, an income-generating situation that provides security, freedom and satisfaction?
If you’ve tried to work with budgets in the past, but have not felt inspired or successful with the process, cultivating certain qualities can give you the boost you need to create (and stick to) financial plans like a champ. The more willingness you have to fully embody these qualities in your budgeting process, the more heroic you will feel in accomplishing your financial goals and intentions.
Savings provide an experience of safety, security and peace of mind, as well as a sense that you are setting up your future life according to what’s important to you. When you know you are allocating your resources in a way that takes into account the present moment AND the long term future, you can experience the confidence and wisdom that comes from taking care of your future self.
Debt is a powerful tool when used strategically. It can be very supportive to have access to the resources of others — and if you can tune into what’s appropriate, debt can empower you get to the next step in your life.
Nothing in life is separate from source. Including money. Even though money is often experienced as shameful, taboo or materialistic in our culture, I believe that engaging with your finances can be a potent spiritual practicewhere you courageously face your current reality, overcome fear, and experience the power of your sacred attention.
The most effective model I have ever seen to take a vision and make it a reality is a Map of Intention. In this model, you set your intentions, plan your income, and clearly allocate spending and saving. When you have this degree of clarity with your finances, your map becomes the bridge that brings your more ethereal visions into the earthly plane in a practical, fun way.
A Map of Intention takes your vision and embeds it into the numbers. This dramatically increases your rate of success. I’ve seen it work again and again.
As success builds, there is often more and more to manage, and the to-do list can seem never ending. I’ve watched clients struggle with feeling overwhelmed to the point where they wish they did not have so much opportunity coming in! Even though they set intentions for growth, when it arrives, it can feel like too much— to the point that they may wish for it to stop. This is a common cause of success sabotage.
A solid spiritual practice requires you to face your shadow, move through obstacles, witness your habits, and take responsibility for your self.
It also invites you to grow your experience of what is possible, joyfully participate with what the universe is offering you, and find a way to trust that all is unfolding perfectly. Cultivating a mindful money practice has certainly delivered these, (and more) experiences to my life, and the process has been as rigorous, rich, and rewarding as spending years with any guruin India.
Even though this turbulence may not be affecting us directly, we each have our own challenges or gateways to go through with money. This may look like being on the search for right livelihood, feeling burdened with debt, not earning enough to meet our needs, spending more than we have, confusion, disorganization, etc.
My work as the “priestess of finance” is to help my clients and students relate to the gateways they are facing in ways that empower them like a hero with a new kind of success full of courage, commitment, determination and prosperity. In other words, find their badass warrior.
When you know if you are more masculine or feminine in your approach to money, you can leverage both your gifts, as well as your challenges, to become more successful with visioning, budgeting, income-growing, decision-making, accomplishing goals and creating the experiences that are important to you.
Are you ready to experience abundance in all areas of life? Are you longing to feel rich in the realms of time, money, health, energy, friendship, connection, and your relationship with the universe?
If you answered a loud, resounding “YES!” — I give you my most heartfelt kudos and congratulations! That means you are ready to take the first step on what is likely to be the most challenging, enlivening, magical, and rewarding journey of your life.
Once upon a time, when I was a corporate accountant, I lived + looked like a zombie. I accepted monumental amounts of responsibility, worked crazy hours (sometimes overnight), and my eyes were so bloodshot from being glued to the computer without sleep that I looked like I just crawled out of a grave for the undead.
If you are struggling because you are not yet earning what is required to meet your needs, not sure how to get out of debt, or feel stuck in your efforts to bring your business to the next level, you may be under the influence of one or more habits that sabotage your ability to live a prosperous, fulfilling life. With a little grace and grit, you can transform these patterns into gold.
What are your dreams for this year and beyond? To make a transition with your job and develop your own business or organization? To move or travel to a new place? To start having a family? To grow a Golden Goose for your future? To build financial stability for yourself or your family?
In order to realize your dreams, you need the winning combination of vision and action.