Beyond Frugality: Money Abundance For 2020


 

Abstract:
 

People aren’t too fond of learning about money. Too much of the advice around finances focuses on self-denial and frugal living.
 

It can be frustrating when you try to focus on your passion(s). A lot of the time you need to spend money: on equipment, materials, tuition… The expenses add up quickly.
 

What if I told you that tapping into abundance is the opposite of self-denial? It may sound unbelievable, but don’t stop listening just yet. I’ll show you exactly how it works.
 

Your mission is to learn and apply the principles of joyful money for your passions.
 
 

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Task 1: Learn why self-denial doesn’t work

 

Most people try to save money and never manage. Every time they get ahead, something happens to eat up all their money again. I was once in this sitution myself, and I know it sucks.
 

Nor am I going to tell you that you can just will yourself out. The truth is, it’s absolutely possible to change your financial destiny, but it requires some dedication and consistency.
 

Self-denial is counterproductive, because it is restrictive and limiting. You won’t create flow by building barriers. It’s as though two opposing forces of nature were at work.
 

Money Abundance

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Task 2: Tap into money abundance

 

Instead of focusing on the lack of money and what you can’t do or buy, focus on what you can and what you already have. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:
 

  • Every time you pay something, say or think: “There’s more where that money came from.” (I learned this from Marie Forleo)
  • Give away 5% of your income. Find a worthy cause or donate spontaneously each month.
  • Create a Passions budget of 5-10% of your income.

You may also look into increasing your earnings and learning to budget, as well as improve your mindset long-term. Take a look at my Money abundance program, read books on personal finances, educate yourself about investing. If you work on it consistently, you’ll notice a huge shift.

The Transformation Of Prioritising Passions


 

Abstract:
 

Most people think what I do is help people make time for their hobbies. It can be exasperating to explain that prioritising passion transforms your entire life and rattles the foundations of our modern, dysfunctional society.
 

Your mission today is to learn about the effects of prioritising your passion, as well as how to put it into practice for yourself.
 
 

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Task 1: Be subversive

 

Why passions? Why joy and purpose?
 

It’s no secret that our society today is based on several thousand years of patriarchy. Now, neither the male nore the female principle – quite apart from everything in between and beyond – is good or bad in itself. The problems start when only one principle is deemed valid and useful.
 

We are so brainwashed into valuing only practical, linear, logical things, we don’t even notice it. Pepople spend their entire lives pursuing money, a house, a career, without noticing they aren’t happy. The pursuit of joy, prioritising passions – above money and prestige – of what lights us up, is nothing short of revolutionary.
 

What you can do: Make a decision to focus on what matters.
 

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Task 2: Prioritising passions in practice

 

Make no mistake, this is going to hurt. Again, the principles of usefulness and practicality are so ingrained in us, we never question them. And of course, this isn’t to say that you should stop earning money or caring for your family, because obviously that would be detrimental.
 

The focus you decided on in Task 1, is meaningless unless you follow it up with actions. Where you put your time and money, is what matters to you most.
 

What you can do: Every morning, after waking up, determine which passion you’ll focus on. Make room for it, that same day. Do this every day. Also, invest in your passion, through a course, Coaching, or whatever is appropriate. Money is energy and carries a lot of focus.

Set Some DUMB Goals


 

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Happy New Year and decade! I hope you’ve arrived well in the 20s. I have, and I suspect it’s going to be a rocking, sexy, amazing decade.
 

To make sure of that, I’ve set some goals. Now, you’ve all heard of “SMART” goals, but I’m going to suggest you go against the grain. Your mission today is to set some DUMB goals and then set yourself up for achieving them.
 
 

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Task 1: Learn about DUMB goals

 

“Smart” goals have been invented for a corporate environment. The method is reasonable and rather uninspiring. In recent years, there’s been a cheeky counter-movement in the Coaching community, called DUMB goals:
 

Daring – Forget being realistic. Reach for the stars.
Uplifting – If it doesn’t give you butterflies, what’s the point?
Magnificent – Bigger goals inspire more than small ones.
Brave – Life’s too short to play it safe.
 
 

Task 2: Set the right goals for you

 

This is meant to give you goals that excite you, rather than feel like a chore. For example, in the category “health”, you may have set the SMART goal to reduce your body fat by 5% in six months. A DUMB goal might be to eat and move in a way that makes you burst with energy and feel your best instead.
 

Go through each of the categories: Health, Finances, Job/Business, Relationships, Spirituality, Passions, and audit the goals you set. If needed, spruce them up with the DUMB principles.
 

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Task 3: Make it fun

 

You know I always tell you to do the first step within 72 hours. I’m still telling you this, but now your challenge is to find something to do that inspires you, rather than just some mechanical first step. Look at each goal and determine something you could do that’s fun, something you’ll look forward to.
 

Write down these first steps and schedule them today, tomorrow, or the day after. If it’s not in your calendar, it isn’t real! And then get going.

Get Ready For The 20s – Part II


 

Abstract:
 

If you’ve missed part I, please take some time to do this first; you’ll need your results from it! This week, your mission is to set yourself up for the best decade of your life so far.
 

Looking ahead doesn’t have to be mere wishful thinking. A significant part of the future is down to you, and that’s reassuring to know, but it’s also a big responsibility. Here’s how to stack the deck in your favour.
 
 

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Task 1: Housecleaning

 

No, don’t worry, I’m not going to send you for the duster! This is about you, your inner workings. To get started, please take a few minutes to review your results from part I.
 

Now ask yourself what you would like to leave behind in the 2010s. Write these things on a piece of paper, then tear it up and burn it. Or take a walk, pick up a stone and speak the things you’d like to leave behind into the stone, then hurl it into a brook or river.
 
 

Task 2: Call in the 20s

 

It’s time for the 20s! Get comfortable, take a deep breath, and take notes on the following questions, one by one:
 

  1. How would you like to feel in the coming decade?
  2. What passions would you like to prioritise?
  3. What do you want to focus most of your time and energy on?
  4. Who would you like to spend more time with?
  5. What would you like to say about your decade on the eve of 2030?

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Task 3: Get specific

 

Now it’s time to set goals. Ask yourself what you’ll have to do and achieve in the coming year, in order to create this decade the way you just decided in Task 2.
 

Set up to three goals for the year each in the areas of Health, Finances, Job/Business, Relationships, Spirituality, Passions. Then determine the first step for each of these goals and schedule to take it within the next 72 hours.

Get Ready For The 20s – Part I


 

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Every year around this time, posts on social media proclaim it’s been the worst year ever, and the next is going to be great. Some do this year after year, without realising that change is up to themselves in many cases.
 

Your mission is to review the ending decade, and to get ready for the 20s.
 
 

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Task 1: The good and the bad

 

For this task, write down all your personal highlights of the last 10 years: A dream job, wedding, a great holiday etc. Make it at least five for the decade, but not much more than one per year. Also note which year these things happened, or started, in.
 

Next, you do the same for the low points of the decade. Again, find between five for the whole decade, and one per year. Write them down by year.
 
 

Task 2: The timeline

 

Now you create a graph. On the horizontal axis, write the years 2010-2019. On the vertical one, the numbers 1-10. Anything above 5 is a positive event, anything below is negative.
 

Enter the highlights you noted down in Task 1, according to their year and how amazing they were (between 6 and 10). Then connect the dots – quite literally – to create a graph of all the best times this past decade.
 

Next you do the same with the low points. Connect these into a graph line as well.
 

the 20s

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Task 3: Gratitude and lessons for the 20s

 

Looking at your graphs, write down what you’re grateful for. The things you enjoyed, the highlights, maybe even some good outcomes from an initially low point in your life.
 

Next, write down the lessons you’ve learned. Think about how you were ten years ago, and how you are now. In what ways have you changed as a result of what happened? What have you learned?
 

Take your time with this. Also, save your paper, because you’ll need it in the second part, which will set you up for the 20s.