Go beyond where you are today and experience lasting wealth, you can’t merely concern yourself with coupon cutting, budgets and credit reports. Chasing the latest social media gimmicks to “stand out” and attract more clients is exhausting. It’s time for you to ditch any belief that your financial success is based upon relentless striving, stress or struggle and create a new definition of wealth that honors your soul. You deserve to go beyond and live your life’s purpose, find fulfillment and earn more without ever chasing money again.
This is a safe space, right?
Then I feel comfortable letting you in on a secret:
I AM America’s Money Maven and I still don’t give a damn about your budget, your coupons or whether you’re sipping a latte at this very moment.
I know that seems out of the ordinary for someone who has built an international brand as a finance expert, but the truth is after eight years of speaking on hundreds of stages nationally and delivering thousands of talking points on radio and television across the globe, I know that none of the soundbites the producers and conference organizers want you to hear so they can check their “We did our money talk” box, will ever help you become wealthy.
You know why?
Because I honestly believe that building wealth has 100% nothing to do with money and 100% everything to do with us and our mindsets towards money.
That’s why you’ve heard all the tips and tricks on savings, budgeting and debt elimination and you’re likely still not where you want to be.
I’m not saying you don’t look the part.
You may have the degree.
You may have the title and direct deposit.
You may have the beautiful home and fly car.
You may even have a social media following that adores your every move.
But here’s what I know about you. While most of society has been conditioned to see wealth strictly in financial terms like money, property or material possessions, deep down you’re different or you wouldn’t be here.
You know that money is important, but you don’t want it to run your life which is why you hear the tips and tricks and you may even apply a few when and where it’s convenient, but you can’t seem to make them stick.
There’s something inside of you that intuitively says, “There’s got to be more to it than this.”
And you’re right.
That was me in 2014.
I was on a national book tour and making phenomenal money. I had just become a permanent fixture on a nationally syndicated radio show where my voice and advice would be heard by millions each and every week. Everything I seemed to have worked for was manifesting before my eyes.
Except for one several problems.
While thin in stature, I could barely breathe walking up and down the stairs.
My relationship with my husband and daughter were shaky at best.
I knew I was doing well, but something was missing and I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Afterall, I looked the part.
I was on autopilot.
Similar to how you might feel today, I had a full life publicly, yet many days I felt empty and unfulfilled privately.
In a way, I had become my worst nightmare: A public success, but a private failure.
And I’m not sure if you know that this can make life a living hell. To be doing work you love, but somehow still feel like a fraud. To portray your best self in the workplace or in social media, while secretly heartbroken that your relationships lack intimacy because you’ve made climbing the corporate ladder or building your business the priority.
In my case, I could still keep my finances in tact.
But for most women I’ve worked with, the embarrassment doesn’t really settle in until their finances also don’t add up to the job title or online persona they’ve created because they throw money at their problems instead of dealing with the root issues.
And despite what you’ve heard, beloved, dealing with those root issues are what actually creates wealth. Not a budget or the latest money management app. You must dig deep and go beyond money.
We just live in a society that encourages you to chase money as if simply having more money will solve all of your problems. It doesn’t sound like chasing money though. It sounds like the advice of well meaning parents, sister friends and mentors.
Get another degree.
Tell them you deserve the promotion.
Network nightly and find more clients.
Conventional wisdom will tell you to “work harder.”
But I resisted the ideology that I needed to chase more. For once, I wanted to attract with ease and grace.
Reluctantly, I took a step back from my business to reassess my priorities and get reacquainted with the daily rituals and practices that I had twice before used to define and build wealth beyond the finances. I focused on creating fulfillment in every area of my life, knowing intuitively that when I showed up as my best self, everything I desired would desire me.
These areas are what I used to rely on Spirit, reignite my purpose, and create the sense of well-being I am madly in love with today. To the masses, they’re known as my 6 Pillars of Wealth and I offer them to you as what I know to be the truth about wealth.
Become your best self.
Stop ignoring your body in the name of hustle and grind. Listen to the signs that say, you need food, you need rest, you need vitamins. God may have given you a vision, but it’s your responsibility to protect the vessel needed to execute the vision. We can’t pray for our territory to be enlarged when we can barely catch our breath in our fly townhome.
Create relationships that matter.
It’s hard to claim that you’re working hard for a family that never sees you. Being physically present is not the same as being completely present. One is about proximity, but the other is about actual availability and attentiveness. What you nurture grows so plant seeds in this area because whether personally or professionally, there’s always someone watching you who has the power to bless you.
Set up a life that supports you.
Look around. Does your environment reflect what you would expect of a wealthy woman? Clean up. Organize. Clutter is the physical manifestation of confusion in the mind and it’s a barrier between you building the wealth you seek. Your space is sacred. Treat it as such and protect the integrity and peace of your space at all times.
Believe in something greater.
Purpose work will always come under attack. Ask Jesus. Fight for your gratitude when all hell breaks loose. Believing in your belly that nothing is ever happening to you, but often times for you . . . even when you don’t understand, will serve you greatly. Nothing has meaning except for the meaning you assign to it. So choose your words wisely and avoid negative humans like the plague.
Live out your life’s purpose.
Lack of fulfillment is the #1 cause of financial mismanagement. When you are not excited and fired up to spend time doing work you love and can be passionate about, you look for ways to fill the void. Knowing your purpose and walking in it daily helps establish your priorities. When you’re working in your purpose you bring a different spirit, enthusiasm and energy to the world. The natural by-product are opportunities beyond your wildest dreams.
Attract the prosperity you desire.
You don’t have to chase money. Money loves you, but it desires your respect. What you have with money is a relationship. Any relationship rooted in acknowledgement, appreciation, trust, honor and respect is bound to be healthier than one with minimum communication, a lack of interest and almost a downright disdain. Imagine if you treated your partner like you treat your paycheck. Blocking time on your calendar weekly to check-in with your money. Stop walking over pennies or change in the street and telling the Universe that money isn’t even important to you. Open the damn mail.