10 Things I Want for You and Your Money

10 Things I Want For Your MoneyThe blog is back!

As you probably know, I have been going through the process of changing hosting providers for the blog.

Because of that, I have not been able to add any new content over the last couple of weeks, and that has given me some time to think.

It has been just about five years since I started on this adventure of being a financial coach and blogger.

So I have been thinking about why I started doing this in the first place.

I started because I want you to win and prosper with your money.

I want you to experience the same blessings my family has received as we have learned to handle money.

With that in mind, here are 10 things I want for you and your money.

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  1. I want you to have control of your money and have the ability to decide how it is going to work for you and your household.
  2. I want you to be free once and for all from the chains of debt. Walk in your own financial strength and let your money benefit you and not the banks.
  3. I want you to experience the peace of mind of being prepared for emergencies.
  4. If you are married, I want you and your spouse to stop fighting about money so you can build your future together, as a team.
  5. I want you to leave a legacy of financial wisdom to your children.
  6. If you are single, I want you to know that you don’t have to walk alone in your financial journey. You too can win and prosper with money.
  7. I want you to have options for your future so that when the time comes you retire on your terms to do what you want to do with your time.
  8. I want you to have a complete financial plan and I want you to be in a position to take care of your family well.
  9. I want you to experience the joy of being an extravagant and generous giver.

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And last but not least, I want you to have hope with your finances. I want you to be able to dream again about your future. And, I want to help you with that.

Yes, you can win and prosper with money. Yes, you can be in control of your financial destiny.

So, let’s get started today!

Question: What’s keeping you from winning with money?

The Opposite: Financial Wisdom From George Costanza

The Opposite: Financial Wisdom from George CostanzaIf you are a fan of the classic sitcom “Seinfeld, you are very familiar with the travails of George Costanza.

George was Jerry’s best friend and the prototypical underachiever, loser type.

George wanted all the benefits of a great life but was unwilling to pay the price required.

Instead, he would much rather lie and take the easy way to get there.

Only once did George experience some level of success.

In the episode “The Opposite“, George realizes that every instinct he has ever had, has been wrong.

He then decides from that moment to do the opposite of what his instincts tell him in every situation.

Here is the video:

What can we learn from George Costanza?

We could take a cue from George with regard to our financial wisdom.

If you do the opposite of what most people are doing with their money, you will succeed.

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Here are some examples. Statistics come from the 2014 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation For Credit Counseling):

  • 61% of Americans do not have a working budget to manage their money and keep track of their expenses. If you get on a budget, your money will work harder for you. Trust me, you will feel like you got a raise.
  • Only 29% of Americans are spending less than they make.
  • 34% of Americans do not have any non-retirement savings. This means that when an emergency comes, they have to borrow more money.
  • 32% of Americans do not allocate any money to retirement savings. This means they are relying on the Social Insecurity system to take care of them in their golden years.
  • 34% of Americans carry credit card debt from month to month. This means they pay more and longer for their purchases.
  • Many adults (41%) would give themselves a grade of C, D, or F on their knowledge of personal finance. Lack of knowledge leads to mistakes and lost opportunities.
  • Most Americans (71%) are worried about their financial situation. They lack financial peace.

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Are you in one of those groups above? If so, what will it take for you to change course?

You can get your finances on track, you can learn how to handle money. You can get out of your current situation.

Unlike George Costanza, your success does not have to be temporary. Make a decision today that will really change your life for good.

There is always Help and Hope for Your Finances!!!

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
Psalm 20:4 (NIV)