A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits: Give responsibly. Shut down the negative voice. Ethiopian kids with tablets.

  • No boogeymen here. That old tree sure casts a funny shadow though, doesn't it?One of the benefits to getting your finances under control is the opportunity to give generously. However, your giving is a resource that needs to be managed, too. You can’t just give to every organization with their hand out without checking them out first. Tony Morgan recently published a list of ten things that people will want to know before they will give to your church, but I think you can turn them around to make great guidelines for the giver to use before donating to any charitable organization. How will your giving make a difference? How will the resources you give be used? What is the vision of the organization? How can you get further involved? How transparent is the organization? Don’t give blindly.
  • Pessimism has always tempted me. Out loud, I’d use the word “realist” but, deep down, I had made Murphy my patron saint. It’s taken a lot of work to change my mindset, and to recognize, by and large, our world and my life just keep getting better, not worse. The biggest part of that has been to shut down that fear-filled, negative voice before it can convince me otherwise. Give yourself a chance to see what’s good around you. There aren’t boogeymen around every corner.
  • How’s this for an education experiment? The One Laptop Per Child project wanted figure out ways to encourage the children of countries with little or no education infrastructure to start teaching themselves. So, they delivered some boxes of tablets to two villages in Ethiopia, taped shut, with no instructions whatsoever. Within five months, the children had begun to learn English and even circumvented some of the security settings on the tablets. How could we implement something like that here in America? Education has to get beyond memorizing facts and procedures, and move on to inspiring children to constantly be learning.

October 5, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Give responsibly. Shut down the negative voice. Ethiopian kids with tablets.

Ask For Help! Be Accountable To Someone.

C is for Coaching. It probably seems a little self-serving, since I’m a financial coach. While I do think that more should seek out services like mine, the truth is we each should have somebody in our life that we trust to guide and urge us on to be better, especially in the area of money. Sadly, too few of us do.

stylish footwear optional

For some reason, our money – more than almost any other issue in our lives – is not to be discussed with other people. It’s taboo. We talk about personal relationship issues, health issues, spiritual issues, addictions to pornography and drugs, but we don’t talk about money.

– Russ Crosson, The Truth About Money Lies.

So, how do you find a money coach?

  • Think about your money. How are you struggling? What do you want to change? Coaches can only help you make progress if you’ve thought about the direction you’re trying to go.
  • Speak up about it. Being open about your need gives others the opportunity to bless you with options you might not have been aware of.
  • Learn more. We’re living in an age of information. Take advantage of books, videos, and podcasts. Find out what kinds of money management classes and seminars are being offered in your area. Also, read the Bible. The books of Proverbs and the teachings of Jesus are full of valuable lessons about money.
  • Act. The more you expose yourself to sound money principles, and the more you surround yourself with like-minded people, the sooner you’ll find a coach. Maybe it’s that millionaire that looks nothing like a millionaire – or the teacher of the money management class you’re taking – or a pastor. Buy them lunch, and ask for help.

You might decide that hiring a financial coach is your best answer. It’s worth paying to get results because your heart follows your money. If you spend it on knowledge and accountability, then you’ll put your heart into it.

Where do you go for great money advice? And who’s holding you accountable with your saving and spending? Anyone have a good word for Z? Let me know in the comments below!

[image from publicdomainpictures.net]

October 1, 2013 Posted by | Work and Money | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ask For Help! Be Accountable To Someone.

Quick Hits: What got you broke won’t get you free. Money management tips from 1939. Near space exploration.

  • In space, no one can see you post.It takes time, when you’ve first hit the point of being broke, to realize that you can’t keep doing the things you’ve always been doing. You go through much the same process as the five stages of grief. That opening stage of denial can be difficult to overcome, because the bad habits that got you into trouble are so hard to break. People think they only need to change one little thing, and all of their troubles will evaporate. That’s why it’s so important for me to make sure that the person who is asking me for financial coaching is actually open to being coached. I don’t want to be fighting their excuses every time we come together to have them try something new. What got you broke won’t get you free, you’ll have to change.
  • This is a great post covering the finer points of a money management pamphlet that was written in 1939. This was written before there were credit cards. And before the FICO score ruled over everything. And that was less than one hundred years ago. Now, the average American family has a negative net worth. Maybe we need to humbly go to our ancestors and ask for their advice?
  • 50 years of exploring near space, and we’ve barely just scratched the surface. I love that we’ve started reaching out further using unmanned missions, but I hope that we return to the moon in my lifetime.

April 26, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: What got you broke won’t get you free. Money management tips from 1939. Near space exploration.