In the United States, July 4th, we celebrate our most significant national holiday: Independence Day.
On this day we remember how, as a people, we stood up and committed to our personal freedoms. The nation that resulted became the exemplar of personal freedom – and hundreds of other nations followed in its wake. This transformed the world.
I’ve been thinking a lot about independence and personal freedoms lately. What does it really means to me? I had certain milestones that marked a few of my first tastes of independence; getting a drivers license, turning 18. Then I entered the 9-5 working world. A world I thought would give me the money I would need to gain independence. Boy was I wrong!
Are you craving independence? Do you long for the freedom to decide what YOU want to do with your time? Do you ever feel like you can’t quick your job because so much is dependent on it? Or are you ever frustrated because you can’t afford a nice vacation? I was!
I knew that wasn’t the life I wanted to lead OR the life I wanted to show my kids was possible.
Here are a few things that I’ve learned on my journey to independence:
1. Take A Chance!
That’s right, you’re gonna need to change and grow! And that might mean changing your beliefs around money. Here are some common beliefs around money: wealthy people are greedy; money is the root of all evil; money is not important; starting a business is risky; making money is hard; If you hold any of these beliefs, you’re setting yourself to a tough financial journey.
When it comes to money, we’re all conditioned from a very young age by our environment. We model our parents’ beliefs, we conform to the norms of a society, we learn how to think and act by the media. We act based on past programming. We do all of that and then justify our behavior.
It’s only when I examined some of my beliefs that I could see how my own thoughts were holding me back from creating wealth and abundance. Like many others, including my parents, I believed in retirement at the age of 65. Nowadays, I don’t believe in retirement at all. Why would I like to retire from something I love? This only pushes me further to only doing what I love to do.
Before you commit to creating financial freedom, explore your beliefs around money. Identify which scripts you run and which beliefs you may be holding subconsciously. Once you know what holds you back, create new empowering beliefs and expand them step-by-step. If you can grow your passive income to $100 a month, for example, push on to $200, and keep going from there. Taking baby steps in such a way allows you to push the boundaries of your beliefs around money little by little, until you’ve reached your ultimate goal.
2. Take Action!
Most of us play the game of life in a very safe manner and steer our life toward security. The main concern is survival and our dominant life strategy is not to lose.
Living based on security is living based in fear, which is probably the most powerful hindrance for our financial growth. I was no different. Fueled with the fear of failure. The truth is that failure creates life experience, and a necessary component for business success. The more life experiences you have, the more skills you will acquire and the wiser you will become.
So many people are scared to take action so they calculate and plan and then they see something that may not work perfect so they pull back. You MUST take action.
The longer you wait before making the leap, the more difficult it can become. You might have a greater family obligation, slightly less youthful energy, and a big mortgage loan on your shoulders. Use fear to motivate yourself to take action, or even better, put the fear aside and just take action. Get in the game now and expand your comfort zone.
3. Surround yourself with like-minded people!
We’ve all heard that saying “Your Networth is equal to your Network.” Don’t only invest in real estate. Invest in relationships. Build your social capital. I believe your ability to build a network of authentic personal and professional relationships is the most important asset in your portfolio. Seek out and work in collaboration with others who share your interests and values will provide a stronger foundation, enabling you to reach a higher level of success than you would on your own.
Look, whether you goal is to focus on your head, your heart or your wallet; remember, building and strengthening your network will help you improve your productivity and true net worth. I encourage you to surround yourself with people that share your values and don’t let your social capital lie dormant. Reinvest it!
It’s within the WREN network that I’ve found the power of leadership of my life. I believe our journey starts with our own courageous steps for our own future. I thank my luck stars for the women that surround me and lift me up to do more than I ever thought I could.
Now, let’s celebrate our independence together! #independence women