4 Steps to Becoming Financially Empowered
Women in the United States today are paid on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. While it’s much improved in recent decades, there’s still a lot of necessary change before there’s equality in business. The disempowerment of women financially has allowed for women’s success to be controlled, but that doesn’t mean you have to be victim. There are ways to take control over your success and empower yourself financially. Here’s how:
1. Ask for help when you need it
My biggest fear my whole life was not being able to take care of myself and I would have to depend on a man financially. We, as women, have to get out of the mindset that asking for help is a sign of weakness; that we can’t handle whatever situation we’re presented with. Asking for help is a sign of power. It shows that you’re self-aware and honest about where you are in your life and business. You’re not concerned with how people perceive you because you know what you want, and asking for support when you need it is a way of reaching your goals. The best part about this is the aspect of paying it forward. If women support each other more often and openly, we can work together to raise our status in the business world- not step on each other.
2. Get a personal development coach
If you’re not working directly with a life or business coach, you’re missing out on a lot of key insights and reflection. Someone looking at your life and business from a birds eye view can do wonders for your own outlook and give you a fresh perspective, helping you evaluate your goals and decisions objectively. This forces you to be responsible for your emotions and to address the areas in your life and business that need work so you can have a level emotional state. The key to being financially empowered is having emotional consistency. You can’t make rational, logical decisions when you’re seeing red. When someone’s negative energy comes your way, make the choice to spin that straw into gold. Turn the experience into a learning opportunity so you can rise above the situation and come out the other side more empowered in your own decisions.
3. Change your money perspective
The charge of money is what you project onto it. If you see wealthy people as stuck up, greedy, and pompous, you will subconsciously avoid money in the attempt to distance yourself from being like them. Invest in yourself by creating habits that will foster success. Think of all the people you admire- what are their best qualities? How do you think they became that way? Try to mimic those characteristics in your own life and you’ll be amazed at your enlightened perspective that attracts more wealth.
4. De-clutter your money
Think of it like organizing your house. The more you throw this here and that there, the less you care where anything goes. You know you have a bunch of stuff but what exactly do you have? Just like with money. Take control and interest in your funds by organizing them. If you pay attention to money, money will pay attention to you. You must have an organized system for business and personal money separate that works, allowing you to know the exact amount of disposable income you have at any given moment. This will give you a better understanding of where you can afford to expand your business or invest in something that will create more profits in the future.