LET'S TALK ABOUT... MONEY
“MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING, BUT IT'S RIGHT UP THERE WITH OXYGEN.” - Zig Ziglar.
Have you ever asked yourself why talking about wealth, income, making money and anything related to financial figures is so often viewed in a negative light?
I believe we’ve all been conditioned to be discreet about money not to be labeled as greedy or money hungry - but the truth is - money is a crucial part of freedom.
For knowing what it’s like to have nothing, stress about paying the next bill, and feel hopeless (yes it has happened and more than once), I also know what it’s like to thrive, and I’ve been fortunate (or smart?) enough to create some income as well.
Having money is a lot more enjoyable and fulfilling, but most importantly it gives us options.
We’ve all heard these at least once …“Money won’t make you happy” / “Rich people are greedy” / “You don’t want to be one of those people”/ “I don’t need money” (…)
Well, first it's usually those who claim loud and clear they don't care about money that do not have any. Or at least not any they earned from their own sweat.
Freshly coming back from a short trip from the States, where everyone is conscious and not ashamed of what’s in their bank account (from the girl working 3 jobs a week to the Digital Marketing Consultant, nobody hides their figures nor are ashamed to say they make $4 to $60 an hour - the money is what they make, not what make them!), and I have always found it very French to be so secretive about anything money-related. “What’s your salary? How much money do you make? Im good, I don’t complain.” Ask a French about his business and this is what he will tell you.
« It was a hell of hustle, I have been broke - like B R O K E - but now I signed this $40 000 deal with Nike and I can finally get my head out of the water for a bit, pay my credit and re-invest a bit here and there. » Ask an American about his business and he won’t hide any details. Because the hustle, the work, the sweat, and the money coming out of it is - real - and there’s no shame in working and enjoying the results.
Everyone wants to be wealthy. So why not focusing on making as much money as you can? Isn't Entrepreneurship about goals and increasing our incomes? Huh-huh.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day (I mean.. remember last year same period? Beyonce (...) managed to take care of her daughter, be on tour, and bomb-drop an album who almost gave a stroke to the entire planet, and yet she eats, snores and goes to the wc just like all of us - yet ) so those thriving financially are doing something different, something better, starting with having a better perspective about money : how it’s earned & how it should be invested (please note that I didn’t say spent).
I have read this amazing article last week on tips to boost our income that I found really interesting and so accurate, I thought I couldn’t keep it to myself.
It’s called eight tactical and straightforward tips that can be used right away to catapult your income, and there it goes :
1. STOP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
We all know the saying “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a difference result.” If you aren’t satisfied, the first thing you must do is stop doing what you’ve been doing because what you are doing is what is creating your dissatisfying, current reality.
What’s great about life is the opportunity to completely change your story and direction overnight. Regardless of your past decisions, you’re always one decision away from making the right one.
2. DON'T LET MONEY DEFINE YOU.
Your self worth has nothing to do with your finances. Whether you have a negative bank account or $5 million in the bank, your confidence must never waiver. If anything, your confidence needs to increase when you are stressed so you are motivated you to never feel that stress again.
Being wealthy is a state of mind, but so is being broke. You are what defines you, not what you possess.
3. START PRIORITIZING YOUR PROFITS.
When you set up your weekly schedule make sure you start with income producing activities. Of all your activities, 20 percent will account for 80 percent of your income. Figure out what those are. Really think about the the top two or three things you need to do to create income. Now put those in your schedule consistently to assure you are creating income.
Constantly ask yourself if what you’re doing is profitable. Focus on doing what you should versus what you feel. Never forget that impact drives income.
4. START PLACING A HIGHER VALUE ON YOUR TIME.
Time is more valuable than money. You can always get more money, but you can never get more time. It is possible to become twice as valuable, and make twice as much money in the same amount of time. There is nothing more valuable than time invested wisely. We all have the same 24 hours, and it’s what you do with them that determines everything.
5. IT'S OKAY TO SAY NO.
Steve Jobs once said, “It’s what Apple said “no” to that ultimately made them successful.”
If you’re over-extending yourself and committing to too many things, this word will change your life. Say "no'' to everything that doesn't create income for you until you get your income to a place you feel confident and secure. Make a commitment to yourself that you will focus on income-producing activities versus tension-relieving activities.
6. PROXIMITY IS POWER.
Most broke people hang with other broke people and they usually stay broke, together. Elevate your peer group by reaching out to those playing the game of life at a higher level than you. Find those people because you’ll become a lot like the people you spend the most time with. Their belief systems, their ways of being and their attitudes are contagious. You're either surrounding yourself with those who hold you accountable, or let you off the hook. Choose wisely.
7. LOWER YOUR EXCUSES.
As the excuses go up, the bank account goes down. The best excuse makers or “validators” have the smallest bank accounts. The energy and time you spend on creative excuses is better invested in thinking of actual solutions that move your life forward. Excuses are a disease and those who continue making them will continue to have money issues.
8. SHIFT YOUR FOCUS FROM VICTIM TO LEADER.
Stop blaming the economy, stop blaming your past, stop blaming your boss or company, and stop thinking the world is out to get you. Charge more, switch jobs, become more valuable. My friend Hal Elrod says, “The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life, is the moment you can change anything in your life.”
The difference between ordinary income and extraordinary income is fast implementation. How quick will you get on your grind to start increasing your income? I assure you if you take these tips seriously, and want it bad enough you will create an income explosion the next couple months. But first realize that your bank account isn’t who you are, it’s who you were before you made the decision to focus on wealth.