I’m sitting at a pine kitchen table in a log cabin, enjoying the cool mountain woodsy air of North Carolina. My husband is here on a conference/workshop and I decided to tag along and get work done while he’s in the seminar. I love the change of scenery, kickstarting my work with renewed energy, focus, and creativity.
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Read this month’s newsletter article by nationally recognized expert in the psychology of money management and the psychology of investing, Kathleen Gurney. Kathleen brings together the world of one’s personal finances–a timely subject for many of us–with journaling. Learn more about your own fiscal fitness.
Five Ways to Boost Your Fiscal Fitness: And How to Start Using Your Journal to Help
For many Americans, money is an identifiable benchmark, our measure of success. It symbolizes power, security, love, freedom, and self-respect. Money is much more than an economic necessity. It is one of the most powerful motivators of human behavior. It taps into the deepest layers of our personalities and sets off powerful emotional charges.
It’s not enough to earn money. You have to know what you want to do with the money to make the most of what you have. Who you are and how you relate to money makes the difference between working hard earning a living and working smart, struggling financially or living comfortably, feeling financial stress or feeling enriched.
I’ve dedicated my career to understanding why money works well in some people’s lives, yet not in others. What I’ve discovered is that financial success comes from self-validation—as you think about yourself, your money self, so you become.
It’s both my belief and experience that your journal and journaling practices will give you tremendous insight into your personal dynamics and behavior. Mastering money management begins with discovering the impact our money personalities play in how we use our money. There is an inseparable link between how we think and feel about our money and how we use it.
So there is a need for financial education throughout our lives in the same way that there is a need to keep our professional skills current in order to sustain our career and earning power.
Most of us have been conditioned to the need to develop our professional skills to earn money, but many of us have not been provided with a learning process to build equivalent money skills to build assets — to learn how to best utilize the money we earn.
Five Steps to Boosting Your Financial Fitness
There are five key steps which will boost your financial fitness and put you on the road to greater financial confidence and success:
1. Know your money self
A money personality is like a personal balance sheet, some traits are assets and others are liabilities to financial success, security and peace of mind. If you do not know your money strengths, you can‘t use them. If you do not know what is preventing you from managing your money well, you will remain a money victim. Confidence comes from knowing your money strengths and weaknesses — how to build on the strengths and minimize the weaknesses.
3. Choose and prioritize your financial goals
4. Pay yourself first through
5. Make your financial education pay off through focus and close monitoring of your progress.
As life events change, you may need to alter your game plan and how you approach your money management strategies.
A First Step in Using Your Journal For Fiscal Fitness:
A simple way to start your journaling about your fiscal fitness is to learn more about your money self. Begin by recording three positive money experiences and what you did that made them satisfying.
Then, follow with writing about three money experiences that were not as satisfying and what you could have done to make them more positive.
Be as specific as you can in identifying the part that your attitudes and feelings played.
Carry those insights forward and keep them on your conscious radar screen so you can make use of that information in your current money management.
Kathleen Gurney, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of Financial Psychology Corporation in Sarasota, FL. She is a nationally recognized expert in the psychology of money management and the psychology investing. Dr. Gurney pioneered the Moneymax® Personal Profile, used by consumers and international investment and financial firms to learn more about financial attitudes and money management styles. The results of her work have been featured in her book, Your Money Personality What It Is and How You Can Profit From It. You can read more about her work by visiting www.kathleengurney.com.
“Very few writers really know what they are doing until they’ve done it.”—Anne Lamott
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