In The Freedom Zone: Your Gateway to Love, Liberty and Happiness, we say that Freedom is like a muscle that must be exercised. In other wordsâ€¦practice!
I forgot that. I thought I already had Freedom as it related to finances. I had done the inquiry around money, understood how I had been validating my Imagined Truth, Iâ€™m not enough, by overspending, making impulsive purchases, being overly generous to others at my own expenseâ€¦just so that I would be liked; just so I would be loved.
I had been gliding along, doing fineâ€¦I thought! Then one day recently I was hit with a number of large bills: I had to pay taxes (I hadnâ€™t bothered to pay estimated taxes during the year.), contribute to an IRA (to avoid having to pay even more taxes!), finally replace my computer, buy 4 new tires for my car, get a crown replaced by the dentistâ€¦.you get the picture!
Well, I managed to scrape up the money to handle the bills, but I felt like I had been punched in the gut! I knew I had to sit down and really look at what I had been doing. I had been avoiding the issue of dwindling finances while at the same time trying to start a new business, going out to dinners, playing golf and generally being unconscious to any consequences for my spending habits. A recipe for disaster! So I went back to basics and examined the Choices we outline in The Freedom Zone book that provide access to Money Freedom.
Clarity. I examined the facts of my current situation. I looked at how much money I had available to pay my monthly bills â€“ both fixed and variable. I marked down each and every daily expense, just to know what I was truly spending and for what purpose. I didnâ€™t judge myself harshly for being in the position I was in. I just needed to understand where I was.
Acceptance. I accepted where I was, not where I had been or should be, so that I was not frustrated or angry or resigned. Instead, I felt empowered to explore my options and began to take more responsible actions â€“ like understanding my priorities. I find I now have the courage to say â€œnoâ€ to some things, without regret, because I had in the forefront of my thinking a bigger â€œyesâ€ to the things that really matter.
Fulfillment. The practices of this Choice include being grateful for what I DO have and being empowered to create something new. I am exploring the possibility of going back to work on a part-time basis and I am looking forward to that!
As I said, I thought I already had Freedom in this realm, but these events have brought me to a new and deeper level of understanding of my Imagined Truth and how it impacts me every day. To experience Freedom requires that we stay conscious and aware. Itâ€™s like being on a diet. If you slip up and eat the wrong food once, itâ€™s no big deal. But if you keep doing it, little by little youâ€™ve sabotaged yourself and you might even find yourself back where you started.
So I commit to Money Freedom and to continue the practices found within the book.
If you have challenges in this area of your life, I invite you to join me by checking out the Money Freedom chapter from The Freedom Zone: Your Gateway to Love, Liberty and Happiness!