More than logic, more than affirmations, more than hard work, your Money Code defines your relationship with money.
Money Code Masterclasses transform your Thinking, using unconventional moneymaking tools that shift the roadblocks between you and your wealth, quickly and effortlessly.
For a moment, filter out the sounds that surround you. Go within, to that quiet, calm place, like you would when meditating…….
Now, when you read, see, hear the word money………
What do you feel?
Or is it
Mostly, we think that money is a mathematical, logical, physical, serious, intellectual, important ‘something’ that we must work for.
In ‘polite’ company, it is seen as brash to discuss money.
Money is something we feel torn about, think we don’t understand, hate to spend, save, boast about quietly (or on some social media pages, brag about).
We are encouraged to make important life decisions based on the amount of financial security these decisions generate. Reinforced by statements such as “get a decent job first, then you can be an artist”; yet we are simultaneously warned that “money does not buy happiness”.
What you really think, there in that quiet place inside of you, will determine, not only how you see money, but also how you behave towards it, and this will in turn, influence how money reacts to you……
Try this exercise, using a pen and paper (or a journal). Writing with pen and paper helps you put down your thoughts vividly and accurately. When you write, you not only feel each word, but you also feel each emotion attached with that word that led you to choose it. You are more aware while writing that way. Keep the pen moving, don’t think, just write. Allow the pen to write. Set the timer on your phone. Write for 2 minutes on each prompt.
The truth about money is…………
I fear money, because…………….
When I think about money, I feel……………
If you’ve never tried free writing from prompts before, here is an example of a 2-minute free write based on one of the prompts above
When I think about money, I feel……. ashamed. I am reminded of all the mistakes I have made with money in my life. All the money I have wasted. Bad business decisions, poor personal decisions, buying things I don’t need. When I think about money, I feel……. compassion. Compassion for the me who didn’t know, who wasn’t self-aware, the younger, naïve, someone who had things to learn. When I think about money, I feel……. empowered, knowing how far I have come, knowing that the lessons I have learned have prepared me for what is to come. I am ready to allow money into my life in all its abundance…….
Depending on the degree of your presence in the moment, this exercise should have given you a breakthrough. You may have felt something in your heart or in your mind. As you continue to expand your consciousness and your understanding, so too, will you expand your wealth.
If you feel anxious about your money, you are not alone.
60% of Australians admit that they struggle to keep $1000 in a rainy-day fund for emergencies; 62% confess to their finances being a significant source of stress and 65% of Australians say they rely on their partners to make the financial decisions in their relationship (they zone out when money is discussed)
If this sounds like you, some of these tips below can help you become more resilient and be more empowered when you take control of your finances
1. Take control of your spending plan (budget, cashflow)
Unsure what your weekly or monthly expenses are?
Access 3 months’ bank statements
List all the income you earn and their source (regular job; side hustle; child support etc.)
List all the outgoings (daily coffee; take-out meals, all your bills)
2. Find your values
Unsure what your values are?
Ask yourself what is important to you in terms of the way you interact with friends and family
What is a non-negotiable when it comes to you physical and mental health?
What is important to you about your community, your work and where you live?
3. Align your spending with your values
Are your expenses aligned with your vision for yourself and what you value? Use these prompts to check
Expense | Aligned with my value? | My commitment to my future self
Sunday breakfast with friends | Yes, I feel wealthy when I connect with my community | This is a priority for me
New outfit for a work event | No, I am guilty of buying a new outfit and wearing it once | Hire an outfit for an event
Now that you have aligned your values with your vision
Ø Set aside money for priorities that align with your version of your future self
Ø Automate your bill payments such as rent or mortgage; utilities; credit cards; loans; insurance and investments
Ø Be intentional with your finances
Want to learn more about money and your relationship with it? Curious about how to remove the barriers that prevent you from achieving your version of financial independence?
Curious about how to remove the barriers that prevent you from achieving your version of financial independence?
Norma Falconer is an experienced financial services professional. She has been working in the financial advice profession since 1989.
Norma has a passion for helping her clients enjoy their best lives possible. She has an uncanny knack of being able to work with her clients in a proactive and ‘forward focused’ way to help them achieve better financial and lifestyle outcomes.
For years now, Norma has helped to formulate bespoke financial strategies that focus on optimizing cash flow, creating wealth and protecting what is important. She also enjoys the technical and complex areas of the financial advice landscape.
What this means to you is that you can benefit from Norma’s skills and experience to ensure you have quality financial advice tailored to meet your specific needs and objectives both now and in the future.
She does this by aligning your financial strategies with your values and goals, while also being conscious of optimizing cash flow, minimizing tax, growing wealth, managing investments, and navigating complex government legislation and rules.
Norma is highly qualified and holds many of the highest designations available to financial advice practitioners, making her one of the most technically component financial planners in Australia.