How to get in – and win – the game of money [Money Tip and Action Step]

by Belinda Rosenblum

This is an interesting few days here in the U.S… with Groundhog day today and Superbowl Sunday in 2 days, I got to thinking about how both of these events are actually related…Pats in game

Not because the Patriots keep getting into the Superbowl, or because it is no surprise that we have 6 more weeks of winter, but instead because…

MONEY TIP: If you are not actually IN THE GAME, then every day can feel like every other day (and you’ll feel stuck in the Groundhog day mentality).

Why? Because you aren’t allowing – or supporting – yourself to makeprogress. And you can’t WIN the game of money unless you are actively, consistently, and intentionally playing the “game.”

Progress is reserved for the people in life who take action.

Those who take a stand for themselves.

And those who stop buying into the lie that this reality is how it has to be – and take baby steps even in those moments when they feel stuck and disappointed that the now is not nearly as plentiful as the life they truly want.

(Need some help figuring out what those action steps need to be? Grab one of the last 3 spots to talk with me if you aren’t currently in a program with us and I’ll help you get on track for 2018!)

So, when it comes to your life, and especially your life with money, are you sitting on the sidelines or actively playing the game? Are you ready to see what YOU can achieve with a bit more intentionality and guidance?

On Sunday night, the Patriots and Eagles players on the field will be playing their hearts out. Not just because everyone is watching. But also because they want to see what is possible, what they can achieve, and how winning can celebrate all of the practice, passion, and commitment they have!

Now is your time – and this is your year.

ACTION STEP: Success comes from active engagement. What is one thing you can do TODAY to get in the game? Let me know in a comment below.

THE PAYOFF: You may be living your own version of Groundhog Day – every day. Think of the movie with Billgroundhogday Murray, where he gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp – doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.

Now, you are not doomed BUT you do need to separate yourself from the groundhog day mentality all around you that keeps you stuck on the same financial hamster wheel every day, week, month, and year – struggling a little more than you need to because you may not have ever been adequately trained in how to manage your money.

Let’s stop this cycle once and for all THIS YEAR – let me know what you are going to do to make sure you stop reliving your own version of Groundhog Day – and what you can (or have) put in place to model the Patriots path to victory.

Comment below – I want to hear from you.

I am literally cheering you on and here to guide you along your progress!

PS> Did we set up a time to talk yet? I only have 3 more slots last time I checked so if you’d like some guidance and support to take control of your finances in 2018, and you aren’t currently enrolled in a program with us, then let’s set up a time to chat! Follow this link: http://ownyourmoney.com/letstalk/ and have a great weekend!  

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Nicole February 2, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Thanks for this–this is my first comment . :)

My action step for 2018 is going to be to finally, and I mean finally, overcome my under-earning. This is how I’m going to do it:
1. Acknowledge that the lessons I received in childhood about women earning money were that women’s money didn’t really matter, because her main job was to be a wife and mom, and that anything outside of that job was second or third priority, and she should want to be a wife and mom first. She could quit working at anytime if she wanted to, and her husband should support her. That would have been amazing, I suppose, but getting married hasn’t been part of my life. And even if it is in the future, I want to be able to contribute my own money to the relationship. My parents have a great marriage that works for them (married almost 40 years with a lot of love, respect, financial stability/ comfort/ abundance, and tenderness), but somehow, I either got the idea that making money didn’t matter, or that someone else would always support me, and I didn’t HAVE to ever make money–I could just explore and play and never commit to something. Yikes. Embarrassing and somewhat entitled-sounding to admit, but this “need to depend on someone else so I can have fun” mindset has led to never making my own living well or doing professional work that helped me flourish and be proud. Sure, I could always pay my bills, but I could never seem to enjoy life, make things happen, or stop worrying.

2. Embrace a bridge story that I am intending to become a woman who likes being a professional, who earns well, takes care of herself, and is inspired by, enjoys, and is proud of her work, professional accomplishments, AND her relationships every day. And, who just damn works hard so she can play hard. :)

3. Start investing in my profession and professional contacts, as well as clarifying my business and professional goals.

4. Do whatever needs to be done (not being too proud to fail) to set myself up with financial cushions.

5.Get a business plan set up.

6. Set my quarterly financial goals. Learn to think and act more like a money maker and owner instead of a money spender and employee.

7. Get comfortable promoting myself and my work.

8. Diversify my skills.

A few wins! they may be small to others, but they are big to me: I have a weekly money date with myself. After losing my $6,000 cushion due to health care needs, I have grown it back to $2,000 and growing. I have great health insurance now. I set up a Roth IRA last week with $2,000 and a $100 monthly contribution to start. I still have a $3,000 balance on my credit card, but am working on a plan to clear that in the next 2 months. I spoke up on this board, which makes things real. Thanks for reading!

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Sal February 3, 2018 at 1:46 am

Nicole, wow, thank you so much for your comment! You have articulated exactly what is bubbling below the surface for me (Specifically point no. 1). I had such an a-ha while reading your comment… Maybe THIS is what’s holding me back. I also had already committed to 2018 being my year to stop playing small and under earning… Now I have another angle to work on!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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