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.
Journaling can be a powerful tool to bring more awareness to your finances. This level of awareness and clarity is the first step to creating more success.
The following questions are meant to further reveal your current relationship to your livelihood + finances, and help you get clear about where you want to go.
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 practice where you courageously face your current reality, overcome fear, and experience the power of your sacred attention.