Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while, but I promise it has all been for a good purpose!
I’m one of many who has been affected by lockdown here in the UK, I have been furloughed from my job, which is better than some who have actually lost their jobs in these uncertain times.
The most important thing I think we can all take from this, especially if you are in a position like myself and find yourself gifted with all this spare time, that you can use this moment in your life (which many are claiming is a negative) and turn it into a positive.
This may be something you’ve heard already, so you may be rolling your eyes or keen to hear what I’m going to say that may be different…
Personally, this time off working has been an incredible eye opener for me, I have learnt more than I feel I ever learnt in school, and read books at a pace I didn’t believe I was capable of. I’ve been having coaching and getting myself ahead of the game, re-writing false beliefs I told myself from years and years ago.
I have been preparing myself for success.
So, my entire firm where I work closed around mid March to prepare for the crisis that was unfolding around us, we can work from home, no problem. But although working from home felt like a luxury at the time, as things developed and the situation worsened, with millions being furloughed I began to fear that I would become one of them.
A couple of weeks later and I was. My biggest fear in a sense was the amount of time I would have to fill, what was I going to with myself? I’m the type of person who has to keep busy otherwise I literally go insane. But more than anything, I was concerned for my mental health, I’ve been unemployed in the past and spiralled into some of my biggest episodes of doubt and anxiety. There was potential for me to get a little lost here.
But I’m not, and I’m enjoying myself more than ever.
It all started with a book called Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins – controversial title right? This book genuinely changed my whole perceptive and opened up a new door that I’ve become obsessed with and am now pursuing as something a little more serious than just a hobby, or something I read about in my spare time.
Finances, managing money. It’s like politics, it sparks arguments and causes some families to fall apart, even for some to lose their lives – in extreme cases.
I flew through this book and decided that this was something I wanted to learn more about, we can never know to much right? And I love learning new things.
So I kept reading, ordered more books surrounding finances and wealth; Rich Dad Poor Dad, The Richest Man in Babylon. Books for training your mind such as The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer.
All of these books taught me that managing money is crucial to success, but also that it is so often ignorance and lack of understanding that is our greatest obstacle/ weakness.
Ever since Secondary School, from around the age of 14 I began to fall behind in mathematics, I convinced myself that I couldn’t understand the subject, I even persuaded myself that I had dyscalculia. I told myself repeatedly – “I’m bad at maths.” Until it was literally drilled into my subconscious mind and I believed it.
Written down like that makes me realise how crazy it was! I have memories of myself, literally a year younger at 13, teaching my whole class complex equations that’s how good I was at math.
It’s outstanding the things we convince ourselves, and the power of our phycological structures.
I become embarrassed when confronted with any kind of numeracy, what are taxes? I don’t know I won’t understand. All because I’d convinced myself that I didn’t get it and that maths was not one of my strong suits.
I mean I excelled in literature and essay writing, but that’s besides the point.
Going back to what I was saying earlier- I allowed myself to dip into the financial world through doing something I loved – reading, and it sparked a new interest I never knew I had! Investing, accountancy, tax all make a whole lot more sense than they did a month ago, and I love reading about it. Investment in particular has been a real eye opener and is something I’ve began already, I’m watching my stock investments slowly rise as we speak (they’ll most likely fall too).
My point is, we all have coding hard-wired in our brains that are built up of things/ beliefs we have taught ourselves over a series of years or decades even! But we can re-write them. It may feel uncomfortable or even embarrassing for a while because you’ll feel so out of your depth, but we’ve all got to start somewhere right? Once things begin to fall into place and the puzzle starts coming together, boom! Here comes confidence and you’ve re-written a story or statement you had hard-wired into your subconscious for years.
I challenge you to get outside of your comfort zone, and learn something new. Make you weaknesses your strengths.
I did just that, I wrote down everything I considered myself lacking/bad at, and at the very top of that list was finances so I started to teach myself, and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
Not only am I super proud because I forced myself out of my comfort zone of history and writing, but because I have genuinely found something that I am super passionate about and want to pursue into something bigger, a new career. I want to teach others the things I’ve learnt and help people find greater richness in life, financially and physiologically.
Do it now, it’s never too late to re-write your story and try again. I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time, these weeks I have had to myself and the high quantity of time don’t seem long enough anymore because I have so much to learn!
Let me know how you get on, what have you challenged yourself with?
Remember; there is always light in darkness, you just have to draw back the curtains to view it.
All my love,