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 words…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, I’m not enough, by overspending, making impulsive purchases, being overly generous to others at my own expense…just so that I would be liked; just so I would be loved.

I had been gliding along, doing fine…I thought! Then one day recently I was hit with a number of large bills: I had to pay taxes (I hadn’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 dentist….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 – 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 didn’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 – like understanding my priorities. I find I now have the courage to say “no” to some things, without regret, because I had in the forefront of my thinking a bigger “yes” 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. It’s like being on a diet. If you slip up and eat the wrong food once, it’s no big deal. But if you keep doing it, little by little you’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!