Recently, I was working with a client, Mike, who was anxious to move his life forward. I could feel the frustration welling up inside of him as he described his confusion about what actions he might take. Mike knew that he wanted to make significant life changes, and was taking steps to move in a new direction. But at every turn he seemed to run into obstacles over which he apparently had no control, including a series of health challenges. This certainly wasn’t the first time that I heard a story like Mike’s. He wasn’t the first client who was anxious to move forward yet felt unable to do so because of external circumstances. Can you relate to Mike’s frustration?
A few weeks ago, I got a call from a man who lives in a retirement community in California who read my book Starting Your Own Business. Mike told me that quite a few of the retirees in the community were interested in learning about starting a business because many of them still needed to create income in order to live comfortably. The plight of the retirees is just one symptom of how people have to adapt to changing economic conditions in the US and other countries. Economic survival often requires a shift in focus. Although shifting to a small business mindset after having a job for many years takes concentrated effort and creative action, with the proper guidance, creating… read more →
Fear is one of the most prevalent emotion that people express abut their financial position. Some are in a panic, others have an underlying fear, or free-floating anxiety, about their financial situation. On a day-to-day basis, there is often anxiety about not having enough for necessities, either today or in the future. When it’s bill-paying time, panic, dread, and even physical discomfort are not unusual. Taken to the extreme, people contemplate suicide as a way out of their financial problems. Often, people just can’t see a way out of their financial situation. Feelings of being trapped and frustrated are common. Internal dialog often includes, “What’s the matter with me? Why can’t I get my financial act together when so many… read more →