We don't talk about ... money! Oh yes, we do!
In my work, I don't shy away from the hard topics, the awkward questions, and the subjects that make us feel uncomfortable. Why not? Because that's where the growth is!
Plus, I always believe that it doesn't do anyone any favors to not talk about the things that we really need to talk about simply because it makes someone a little squirmy.
If you know me, you know I don't hold back, and I'm always more than willing to share because my goal is to shortcut your path to success, meaning, and happiness. So if talking about tricky topics helps make that happen, let's go!
So this month we are going to talk about money. Maybe I was inspired thinking about St. Patrick's Day and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Why do I want to talk about money? Don't we usually talk about well-being, emotional intelligence, and business development?
Yes - that's the point. I see too many of my clients avoiding talking about money because they don't realize how related it is to their health and well-being, to their own development professionally, and to their ability to generate even more money in the future.
1. Financial well-being impacts your well-being in so many other areas of your life. It's certainly wrapped up in your occupational well-being, but money (or lack thereof or worries about it) can create all sorts of challenges to your emotional well-being. And what about fighting about money with your significant other? Cue social well-being problems. So money and well-being go hand-in-hand.
2. Let's get in touch with your feelings about money. What are your real fears? How do those worries impact your behavior? What do you do or not do when you are anxious about money? Emotional intelligence and emotional awareness are key to managing your money having a good relationship -- with your finances.
3. When you are developing business, you have more money. But when you are anxious about money, all panicky about it, and feeling desperate about it, you won't be in the best emotional state to build strong relationships with potential clients and serve your clients well. We want you feeling confident in your financial security so you don't inadvertently get too graspy about new business. No one wants to feel like they are only a paycheck to you - but you run that risk when you aren't in a good place about your finances.
I encourage you to simply look at your finances as data. It's a way of seeing where you've been, how you've thought about your revenue and expenses, what choices you've made, and where you have opportunities to do things different in the future (or how to keep up the good practices you have.)
If a lot of emotion comes up for you around your current financial situation, get curious about that. What do you like or not like about where you are at right now? What worries you? What small, consistent actions can you take to put you on the path to experiencing financial well-being?
And maybe you find a little gold at the end of the rainbow this month!
I'm grateful you are in this community, and, as the old Irish proverb says, "when I count my blessings, I count you twice."