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Today is Day 6 in the “Twelve Days of Giving” and I am stoked to share today's goods with you! This read is a general transcription from the Facebook live in The Prosperity Lounge I am speaking on. Head to the group to listen to the replay. Just like politics and religion, everyone's opinion around nourishment should be honored as their own. One of my favorite sayings (and one many in my sphere subscribe to, too) is “health is wealth”. Without it, we don't have much (or much time or quality of life)! It's all about radical self-awareness in this department as well.
- The better we listen to our bodies, the better we're able to respond.
- The deeper our self-awareness around our money habits, the greater we leverage we can literally create with our finances.
- The greater we analyse to the pulse of our business', the better we're able to be of service – and in turn, support our our bigger picture vision.
- The healthier we're consistently nourishing our whole system, the better off we'll be long term.
Nutrition disclaimer up front: I'm an advocate and supporter of each person listening to their body and doing what's best for them. You will never hear me offering someone nutrition advice unless they've asked my opinion on it. Living a lifestyle designed to support hereditary health needs and present wants in terms of health goals, while fuelling as sustainably as possible to help preserve our big, beautiful planet and pay it forward to those we're borrowing it from to me, makes sense.
I've been a devoted vegetarian years past and made major shifts in 2010 in kicking processed foods and soda to fuelling as organically as possible, the start in literally cleaning up one's health. I am endlessly grateful for not only the access we have on the west coast here to fresh produce year round but options, and of course our clean, crisp drinking water that requires no filter.
In paying closer attention to what's going into my body and what is in that which is going into my body, my whole world has literally changed financially, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically all for the once unimaginably good and it just keeps getting better.
December 1st I shifted my nutrition to being that of ketogenic (high fat, higher protein, low carb, very minimal to no sugar) from leading a non-calculated intake style. I ate what I wanted and I ate whole foods – no problem there. The only issue, I was feeling foggy in mind, sluggish from time to time, and knew I was a sugar-a-holic (hand me that cream cheese icing tub!). Something had to change and so I made a choice, not cold turkey, though one of easing in around 80% (into the keto-lifestyle). Here I am in Day 17 and I've shifted up to living 90% keto and my sugar palette (once shocked taste buds) is near gone. Thank you so much to my the keto-professional and my bud, Vanessa!
Am I perfect? Hell no! I got handed a homemade peppermint patti (all Christmas-spirit like) the other day and I enjoyed every bite of it! My system felt a little shocked afterwards, though I wasn't hyper negative about the choice in the moment. The aftermath gave me food for thought in my shift in nutrition experimentation and life moved on.
How is this relevant to money habits? Food habits (if you're a foodie) are just as hard to break as money habits. They key? You have to love (and want) something more than your current habit, in order to replace that habit. Set the goal, create a flexible strategy chalk full of options, and run that baby effectively!
Changing your savings, earning and spending habits is just like changing your nutritional intake. It's going to be a shock at first because “you're used to something else”, you have a different kind of taste, and you have preferences. Well guess what, things change! Every time we make changes, there's a cost associated with the change that temporarily takes adjusting to.
From non-keto to keto: I had to learn “how” to fuel this way of nutrition, and I had to “grow into” new recipes and “adapt” them for my tastes. I had to (more like still have to) ask questions, read, and practise, practise, practise. Things became second nature last week in terms of making quicker decisions while using the newly stored information (keto-nutrition) I've been processing, though I still need help and far from know it all. I'm grateful to have the help I do and skim the surface, though I do look forward to taking things to the next level when the time comes.
This new information had to be learned, stored, retrieved and applied. This is the only way the system works! The system of becoming keto-adapted, that is 😉 Similarly with money habits and financial practises be they business or personal, moving in baby-steps is one of strongest strategies to creating lasting positive shift & growth for the long term.
Point: when you're shifting your money habits from A to B there will be trade-offs. You're going to be frustrated and you're going to have to learn new ways of life and how to make different choices that suit your current position, and will bridge the gap to where you want to go long term.
Me? I'm striving for a clear and high-vibing mind and to make sugar a thing of the past (minus that teeny tiny 1-5% flex, aka creme brulee on my birthday and for those moments you can't help but lick the fluffy fresh icing off those mixers)! Sugar leads to diabetes and cancer, among other things. So far, I'm so freaking happy (healthily obsessed) and not looking back!
Tackling unhealthy money practises before they become a problem is key in creating long-term sustainable wealth. No matter where on your health and financial journey the same process can be said to be had, “start now” and don't look back, unless it's to see where you're coming from to create a benchmark and to look how far you've come.
To grow your business, alike shifting nutritional habits & money habits, you will need to make changes and do that which you haven't done in order to get results you haven't got before. You'll have to make trade-offs that might not sound so appealing short-term, the important part to consider is keeping your eye on the prize and being mindful of your bigger picture vision for the long term, and realize where your habits (as in business practises) lie.
Helpful tips around money habits:
- Start small and ease in with bite-size pieces (habits)
- Decide where your best interest lies long term and chip away at that daily in order to create a new pattern
- Ensure your habits are healthy and not that of obsession (obsession around money equals scarcity)
- Don't hesitate to practise filling the abundance tank with a daily ritual in meditation & journaling
- Weave healthy, actionable money habits into other areas of your healthy daily rituals and practises
- Associate your money habits with something you look forward
Whatever your approach to nutrition and money, ensure you're doing what's healthiest for you and not for someone else. Neither topic is one size fits all. Let me ask you this: how much financial weight have you got hanging over your neck or resting on your shoulders? If any, it's time to do some healthy money-habit house cleaning.
Have questions? Hit me up! I'm glad to help.