Money isn’t everything, but it is up there with oxygen

money is like oxxygenI always find it interesting when I talk to people and they tell me that money isn’t that important.  However, it is these people that are stressing about paying their bills or working ridiculous hours to keep a roof over their head.  Money is not a bad thing and wanting money is not a bad thing.  Having money means you become self reliant instead of relying on others or the government.  Having money means that you are able to experience more in life.  Having money gives you the ability to be able to give back and help others.  I was bought up believing that all rich people are A$@#holes.  What I have now learned is that money simply magnifies the person you already are.  So if someone is an A$@#hole then they are going to be so with or without money.  People fear that if they had a lot of money it will change them.  I can ensure you that this is a Big Fat Myth and simply not true.  So go out with a desire to earn a crap load of money and enjoy life.

Are You Looking For A New Opportunity?

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Are you tired of working the same old job? Maybe you have just decided that there has to be more to life. I know because that is where I was.

7 STEPS TO ACHIEVING SUCCESS

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PART 3 – BELIEFS

How have you gone so far with the steps that I have discussed over the last couple of weeks?  If you have missed them be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2.  This week I want to cover the next step and that is looking at our belief systems.  Did you know that something as simple as what you believe could be what is stopping you from achieving what you want?

What do you believe in?  Are your beliefs stopping you from achieving what you want?  Are your beliefs real?  Are the beliefs you have yours or someone else’s?  These are all very valid questions we need to be asking ourselves on a journey to becoming all we can be?  I never really understood the power our beliefs actually have over how we experience our life and the choices we make.

What do you believe in?  So this covers your entire belief system which is the basis for your decision making.  It might be religious, spiritual, you may believe you can never be successful or that rich people are A@#$#. Either way we have a lot of beliefs that most of the time will be the deciding factor when making a decision.  Now this isn’t a bad thing as long as your beliefs are in alignment with your goals and where you are heading. 

Are your beliefs stopping you from achieving what you want?  If you are wanting to make more money, but you believe that all rich people are A@#$# then there is a good chance that you won’t make money because what you want and what your belief are very conflicting.  In this case you would need to change your belief about rich people in order to have better success at creating more money.

Are your beliefs real?  This is where our brain tends to generalise things; for example, You may have met one person who happened to be rich and he was rude to you and not very nice.  Your brain then generalises and says all rich people are like this.  Is this really true though, have you met a poor person and they have been rude and not very nice?  When we are looking at our beliefs it is good to step back and ask ourselves, IS IT REAL?

Are your beliefs yours or someone else’s?  How many beliefs do you have as a result of your parents and upbringing or from friends and those around you that have influence?  I guess a big example of this is religion, most who are brought up in a religious family have a tendency growing up with the same beliefs.  There may be other examples that are not as significant, but also not ours.  It is fine to have the same beliefs as others, as long as it is something that you actually believe.  The key is to Know For Yourself.

Your task is to take a pen and a piece of paper, write down beliefs that are stopping you, beliefs that you don’t truly believe and beliefs that aren’t in alignment with your ultimate goal.  I find it much better to understand, analyse and change things when I see them in black and white.  You would be surprised at what you discover and how much you discover when you start writing.  When looking at your beliefs on that piece of paper, ask yourself, are they true? Are they yours? Are they stopping you?  Happy Searching……

7 STEPS TO ACHIEVING SUCCESS

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PART 1 – GOAL SETTING/VISION

Did you know according to Forbes just 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolution.  We hear and see people around us achieve success, but how do they do it?  Over the next 7 weeks I will be discussing the different steps you can take in order to help you achieve success.  This does not have to be in the form of money which you may associate with the word success, but it could be what you are after.  It could be you want to eat healthier, lose weight, give up smoking or get a better job.  So let’s get started.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you will fall into someone else’s plan.  And guess what they have planned for you? Not Much.”        
Jim Rohn

The first step to take before you start implementing any action is to decide on what it is exactly that you want.  Give yourself the space and take some time to get clear on what your goals and vision is.  The best thing you can do for yourself is to be as clear and specific as possible.  Rather than writing I want to earn more money, say how much more.  If you get another $5 it is still more money, but you are probably wanting more than that, so be specific.  If you want to lose weight, state how much weight you want to lose.

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WHY? If you get clear on the why than the how will take care of itself.  Think about the goals you have set and why you want to achieve them.  What would it mean to you if you achieve that particular goal?  If you earn more money it may mean that you won’t have to stress about bills or you could take your family on that holiday you have always wanted.  By getting clear on the why it will also help you in determining whether the goal you have set is in alignment with your values.  If it isn’t something that is going to get you excited or get you out of bed than you are most likely setting yourself up for failure.  BEWARE!! Make sure the goals you are setting are things YOU want to achieve and not things that other people want you to achieve. 

I would love for you to share and let me know how you go with this step.  Next week I will be discussing visualization and why it is important in achieving your goals.

ARE YOU GREEDY?

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I was bought up to believe that to want lots of money is considered greedy, I should be happy with what I have.  Up until now I actually believed that, but how wrong I was.  When we think of having lots of money we automatically associate it with greed.  Society has taught us to believe in this negative word association rather than looking at it from a positive stand point.  This could be one of the reasons why so many struggle financially.  If we see having lots of money as a negative thing than we certainly aren’t going to attract more into our life. 

Did you know that the amount of money that the richest 1% of the world’s people makes each year equals what the poorest 57% makes?

Why did my opinion change and why maybe yours should to?

In the last 12 months I have been working on changing my beliefs that I have, with many of them not even being my own but acquired from those around me or society in general.  As part of my personal growth journey I have also started looking at the bigger picture and learning to Know For Myself.  Let’s take a look at some of the most general statements that are made when it comes to having lots of money or simply being rich.

All rich people are a@#*?#@&&

I used to believe this mostly, until I started attending seminars and meeting these rich people in person.  I have been completely blown away by how nice these people actually are and how wrong my current belief was.  Some of the people I have met are Dr John Demartini, Benjamin J Harvey, Jack Delosa, Lisa Messenger, Rowan Burn and more.  Not only are these people extremely nice, but they give back so much.  We may say that rich people are greedy and selfish, but someone like Richard Branson who is worth $5 billion is all about giving back and has a number of foundations.  Jamie Oliver who is worth $235 million spends his time educating people on healthy eating and helping underprivileged with his restaurant Fifteen among many other projects.  Now I don’t know about you, but none of this sounds greedy or selfish.  Yes there are going to be some people out there with money who appear greedy or selfish, it is not about the money so much, but there attitude.  I have met plenty of people classed as middle-class or lower-class that have the same bad attitude.

“Money flows through the economy from those who value and organise it least, to those who value and organise it most”.  Rowan Burn

There is more to life than money?

Life is about more than just money, it is about family, happiness and giving back.  How much more would you be able to give back if you weren’t tied to a job 24/7 or you had more money that you could donate to charity?  You could volunteer your services in your local community or start your own foundation in an area that you are passionate about.  Yes life is about more than just money, but surely you can’t deny that money does give you more freedom to do more.  Having money does not need to be something that is negative

 It’s not about the money for me?

Since starting my business I have heard this statement on a regular basis.  You see when I am speaking to people who want to take part in the business opportunity that I offer, I ask every single person the same question.  “If you were in your ideal situation what would be your dream income”?  I am constantly confronted with the same response, “it’s not about the money, I don’t like being greedy”, like having money is a bad thing.  Here is something for you to consider, the more money you earn the more you can spend, but you aren’t the only one who benefits.  If you buy a new car you go to a car yard, so the car yard is going to make money, they have to employ a salesperson so they will make money, the car has to be manufactured so the manufacturer and the people they employ make money, all the materials needed for the car need to be mined and made so there is more people that make money and the list really does go on as to who benefits from that one purchase.  Therefore in essence by making that one purchase you are helping to support all of these people who also have families to support.  That doesn’t seem greedy or selfish to me.

In conclusion having money and wanting more in life is NOT Greedy, it does not make you selfish and is not a bad thing if done correctly.  This limiting belief is taught to keep you ‘in the herd’ and straying too far.  Don’t allow yourself to be caught up in a belief unless you have done the ground work to know for yourself as to whether it is true or not. 

If you had $10 million dollars put into your account tomorrow what would you do with it? post your answers on my Facebook page

WHAT IS YOUR JOB COSTING YOU?

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Many choose not to go into business for themselves and the main reason that is commonly heard is cost.  At least that is what we tell ourselves, but are we just creating a limiting belief.  Have you ever worked out what your job costs you or even considered the notion that your job costs you money. 

Some people on average take an hour to get to and from work each day, therefore giving up 520 hours a year sitting in a car in traffic.  Then take in the cost of fuel and you are looking at over $5000/year.  This is the cost of just getting to and from work.  You then have to consider the cost of uniforms which could be from a couple of hundred a year or if you have a corporate job this could end up being a couple of thousand on expensive suits.  If you are a parent you have childcare costs and depending on your job you may have tools of the trade which could cost you thousands of dollars.  Have you ever sat down and added up the costs of your job and worked out what you actually have left from your wage.  You will usually find that the amount you can earn from your job is limited and usually taking up at least 40-50 hours if not more of your time.

Let’s look at the business perspective and see how it compares and whether it changes your way of thinking.  Yes there are franchises that can cost you $500k+ and you don’t always make a lot of profit in the beginning.  You could have a traditional business with a shop front and stock which can also be quite expensive.  However, with both of these options you have more control on what you are able to earn.  There is than the more alternative way of doing business and one that is becoming increasingly popular and that is working from home.  Some people start their own business, some go into MLM and others, like me go into direct sales.  These options all have their pros and cons and different models suit different people.  The one thing they do have in common is that you do not have to sit in traffic for hours; you have more control over your earnings, along with more flexibility on when you work.

When weighing up your options maybe you should look at your investment to return ratio.  Look at how much is going out and the potential that could be coming in.  Be open to the possibilities out there and you just never know what you may find.  I recently attended a webinar recently hosted by Loral Langemeier and she pointed out that there are two types of conversations that we have with ourselves. The occupational conversation is about minimising, restricting and living within our means.  The entrepreneurial conversation is about expanding, creating and generating.  Share below what is holding you back if anything from starting a business?

 

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