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03 aug

8 Ways to Prosperity

HelenKim1. Forgive yourself and others for any financial trespasses

If you are gripped by the past or still upset by financial indiscretions, you are not allowing yourself to move forward. A great deal of this is about boundaries. Have you consciously decided what kinds of financial behaviors you are wiling to accept from yourself and others? How far you are willing to go for someone and how far you are willing to let someone go for you, financially-speaking? The harder it is to create a boundary, the more important it is to create it.

2. Take Extreme Physical Care of yourself. If you’re not well cared for, your ability to prosper suffers. Are you getting enough exercise, sleep and healthy foods into your week?

How about making a conscious effort to eat foods that are not only yummy but best of all have what I consider to be, “medicinal effects”? (You can call me “Flax Seed Queen” now.. I finally admitted that as much as I want to, I just don’t have the time to get to the gym or yoga studio on a consistent basis and needed to come up with something that suits my lifestyle. Enter “Sneaky Fitness”, a great program for busy people created by Berrnadette Penotti. No matter where I am, I can always manage to sneak in 10-30 min of some simple aerobic and core strengthening exercises that elevate my heart and lenghthen my body.

Do you know the brain scientist, Jill Bolte Taylor – the one who wrote “A Stroke of Insight” and not only lived to share the process of her stroke and her recovery with us, but to tell us that “living in the right brain” or “Nirvana” as she puts it, is only moments away for all of us? She credits sleep as one of the most important reasons her body was able to recover from her stroke. I know that when I don’t feel my best, it impacts by moods and energy levels which impacts my ability to maintain the standard I need to sustain wealthy thoughts and actions.We’ve got to respect the wisdom of our body; it never lies.

3. Understand that Money has no power (only the power that you give it)

The source of your supply comes from within. You are your re-Source. Until this very basic principle is learned and accepted life will give you plenty of opportunities to master this. The greater your sense of consciousness the bigger the receptacle into which money will flow towards and from you.

4. Research your future
Put real numbers to everything you want in your life, even if the money hasn’t shown up yet. Get your “dream life” out of your thinking mind. Stir your pots. For example, if you dream about buying real estate find out just what your dream house costs. Consult with real estate agencies; find out what kind of mortgage you would get, how much down payment you need, what it would cost to run it….
The more specific and directed you are towards growing and maintaining your wealth, the faster you will receive it. By doing this, you show yourself that you are serious. Money loves clarity.

5. Keep a Spending Diary in order to understand your Triggers.
(I know, I know. You’ve heard me say this a lot – but have you tried it : )? A few days after you track everything you buy, go through the list of items bought and ask:

1. Does this have the same value today that I thought it would when I purchased it?
2. What mood was I in when I bought this?
3. Have I used this yet?

This exercise has helped a lot of my clients learn about some of their financial triggers and helps you learn to be proactive, not reactive.

6. Track your Time, Energy and Money
Many sabotaging behaviors that prevent us from prospering come from unawareness of how we spend our Time + Energy (see last newsletter article here). Try tracking all your activities from the moment you wake up to the moment your head hits the pillow. Then ask yourself these questions about every activity;

1. How much time did this take?
2. How much energy did it require of me and what was the quality of energy I received in the doing of it?
3. How much did it cost or did I make?
4. On a scale from 1-5, was it worth the Time, Energy and Money spent and/or made?

I have said time and time again (no pun intended) that fogginess of how we use our time and energy is a huge culprit re: thriving your wealthy self. I’ve noticed how successful entrepreneurs whom I admire respect Time; they show up on time, they deliver on time, they stick to the agreed to amount of time. This is so huge I’ve invited Organizing Guru Julie Morgenstern to join me on “Conscious Wealth” (www.HayHouseRadio.com) as we talk about decluttering our lives in order to have enough time to create wealth (and remember it’s a call in show, so we would love to answer your questions!). Money allows us to do what we want with our time and energy.

7. Understand that everything, every situation, is temporary.
Whether you have more than or less than enough money to cover your needs and desires right now, your financial situation is temporary. Money, like your breath, needs to flow in AND out.

8. Keep in touch with your money.

Show up for your money. Stealing a line from Tom Cruise in Jerry McGuire, “Help it help you”. Visit with it consistently. Financial Expert Galia Gaichon recommends we set aside 15 minutes/week – that’s all! I have incorporated that into my lifestyle now and find it ends up saving me time in addition to staying close to my financial pulse.

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Posted by Helen Kim on August 3rd, 2010 in Finances | 0 comments

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