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Achieving Your Financial Dreams

Why the journey to financial freedom starts with you

We all have a dream. This is true when it comes to money too. The question is, what holds us back from achieving your financial dreams? The answer is closer than you think.

Stepping out there and going after your financial dreams takes guts. It takes daring, chutzpah, strength of character and, above all, the ability to laugh. Call it what you will, but the game of money is not for whiners, sissies, or teacher’s pets.

We’ve seen the TV ads and infomercials promising you “financial freedom” for five easy payments of $29.99. Really? There seems to be something missing.

They kind of remind me of this cartoon:


You Are the Miracle

If you’re looking for a financial savior to come to your rescue, guess what? Tag, you’re it.

Not that you’ll be figuring out this miraculous equation all by yourself—just the opposite. You will definitely want and need a support structure of friends, experts, brokers, mentors, and teachers with you on this journey.

When I say, “You’re it,” I mean this is your journey, and you are the architect.

However you choose to embark on the journey of achieving your financial dreams, your success depends on one very important factor: You creating what you want and figuring out how you will get there in a way that fits your values, your spirit, your interests, and your passion.

In other words, it comes down to you.

Being True to You

It’s time for you to be true to yourself. It’s not time for who people want you to be. It’s not time for you the mother or wife, or you the father or husband, or you the artist, or you the homemaker, or you the best friend, or…you get the picture.

For instance, we women get so caught up in playing so many roles for so many people in our lives that we often lose track of who we really are and what we want. My girlfriend told me that, days after her divorce was final, she was shopping at her local grocery store and her eyes started welling up with tears. At first, she didn’t know why she was crying. Then, as she pushed her shopping cart down the aisle, she realized that she was so used to shopping for what her kids (now grown) and her husband wanted that, for the first time in a very long while, she was actually shopping for herself. She was crying as she looked at all the food on the shelves because it dawned on her that she didn’t know what food she wanted. She was so conditioned to put everyone else’s needs and wants before her own that she had completely lost track of who she was. That was the start of her rediscovering herself.

Who are you? When I say you, I am speaking of your innermost person—your spiritual being.

How do you know when you are being true to you? You can tell because magic happens. Things just seem to go right. You think a thought, and it manifests instantly. You are “in the right place at the right time.” Things occur effortlessly. You are happy and enjoying life. That is the true you.

Be True to Your Financial Life

How in the world does “being true to you” fit into money, finance, and investing? Simple. Your plan has to fit you, not the dreams of your parents, your siblings, your spouse, or your friends. To realize your reward of financial freedom really demands that you stay true to your values, your loves, your dreams, your talents, your wit, your silliness, and everything that makes you, you.

This is a big dream. And it will take all of you. It will test you at times. If you’re doing this for anyone other than you, then you won’t make it. You will quit. This is why your reason for pursuing your dream, your purpose for your financial journey, has to be what you really want deep down in your heart and soul. It’s your drive and passion that will get you through the rough patches, the doubts, and the setbacks. But every success you experience will propel you forward.

Start pursuing your dream today!

Original publish date: October 17, 2013